Post-Holiday Funk

It’s real, folks. I wrote a bit on Monday about how I’m feeling the post-holiday hangover, and it hasn’t really gotten better. I’ve been sleeping like crap, and I haven’t worked out once this week. I actually skipped my Wednesday 6 am spin class today for the first time in about 7 weeks.

You might be thinking that I feel badly about this, or am worried about it. And under normal circumstances, I might be. Having no motivation sucks, and not working out isn’t good for my short-term or long-term health. But here’s the thing: marathon training starts next week. AND Mary Poppins rehearsals. Shit is about to get really, really busy, and really, really structured.

So I’m just kind of enjoying my last week of freedom. Instead of hauling my ass to the gym after work, I can just change into my PJs and play Skyrim for a few hours. Instead of getting up at the buttcrack of dawn to go to spin, I can stay in my cozy, warm bed and snuggle my kitties for another hour.

I’m also focusing hard on meal planning and prep, grocery shopping, and getting myself back into a normal sleep and eating schedule. The holidays hit me hard in those areas, and I’m working diligently to make sure that once things start to get crazy (probably next week), I have some infrastructure in place that will keep me healthy and happy. Very little guilt or worry here 🙂

Are you having trouble bouncing back after the holidays?

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23 thoughts on “Post-Holiday Funk

  1. dgobs says:

    Heh… I’d so be doing the same thing if my next few months looked like yours… soaking up all the rest and chill time as possible! These holidays seemed like particularly difficult ones to bounce back from for some reason. Or maybe I’m just getting old enough that I really feel it? Either way, ugh.

  2. prairieprincessrunners says:

    I normally go, but I feel like somehow I missed the holidays thanks to pure exhaustion from crazy work shenanigans leading up to and progressing through the holidays.

    I think sometimes taking a proper cut back week is beneficial. It allows you to shore of your energy stores and get mentally and physically ready for what is to come.

    • DarlinRae says:

      I love Skyrim SO MUCH. And I can only play when I’m not training or in rehearsals, so I’m like, “Gotta get it it!” Monday is my “beginning.” Let’s go!

  3. txa1265 says:

    Actually I think that you are being smart – and I wouldn’t even call it a ‘funk’ … I would revel in your ability to just take some time and not do these things for a week, and then dive in next week! As noted by others, you’ll be up to your ‘a$$ in alligators’ starting next week, as the expression goes! 🙂

    For me, winter seemed to arrive this week like a baseball bat to the forehead … we went from mornings in the 40s last week to single digits and now sub-zero wind chills this week! But because I am me … I am out there pounding the pavement every morning.

    There was a great take on ‘Motivation vs. Determination’ from Danielle at T-Rex Runner that I thought was excellent: http://trexrunner.com/2016/01/04/motivation-vs-discipline/

    Enjoy your comfy clothes and relaxation while it lasts! 🙂

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