27 Jan

I don’t know about you but I’m struggling this January. As the picture shows, it’s grey, without colour…..

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January’s always a challenge for me, I suffer from a degree of SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder) so by the turn of the year the short days are beginning to get to me. This is added to this year by a stressful job and a feeling of being overwhelmed. There are a lot of personal decisions to be made, it’s all positive but my head often does feel fit to burst! This is impacting my sleep as well so there is a constant feeling of being tired.

I’m also feeling a little wobbly physically, my job has also made an impact on how often I can get to the gym or the pool and thanks to the stress, me and my team have probably been eating our way through January!  This is a great pity as they’re the fitist bunch of lovely people I’ve ever worked with!

So does any of this sound familiar? And what are we going to do about it?

For me, I’m list building, I like a good list, in fact it may even become a spreadsheet at some point!  Some things are already happening, others need to be progressed.

  • Dealing with the ‘head stuff’ – if you don’t do that you are banging your head against a wall, even if you manage to carve a path through it at the moment, you are probably going to have to face it again sometime soon so don’t put it off.  That for me has been a revisit to my therapist and the commencement of another programme of hypnotherapy. We often expect that we should be able to deal with everything ourselves, often we can but sometimes professional advice can really help. Are you constantly coming up against the same issues and questions?
  • Looking at what, why and when you eat – is it associated with stress, when you’re bored, cold, not well??
  • Sleep is so important, it’s when our bodies repair themselves and when our heads re-set. If you’re not getting enough quality sleep everything will suffer. I’m also using the hypnotherapy to help with this. There is a lot of stuff out there you can read about sleep, I can’t recommend sorting this out enough. Look at your sleep patterns, are you always tired, can’t really shake the fatigue, does it affect everything else. If you’re always saying ‘I’m tired’, it’s time to do something about it.
  • What’s important?  What are your values, why are you feeling overwhelmed, often this feeling comes when our behaviour is at odds with our values?  For me, the fact that my job entails longer and longer hours often unplanned resulting in the things I enjoy being postponed goes against my values and makes me anxious and angry – I have to deal with this!  Do you feel overwhelmed too – list down why.
  • What fun stuff do I want to do?  What gives me a buzz, makes me feel alive?  Last weekend during the snow I got outside with the cameras and loved every moment, this morning I am writing this, I love writing and hopefully helping others with my ramblings? Yesterday I walked for 4 miles, out of town into the countryside in bright winter sunshine, that makes me feel good too?  What makes you smile, feel fulfilled, what’s really important to you and what may be getting in the way of being able to do them?
  • How can I push myself – I’ve found over the last couple of years, having a challenge in mind has helped me to focus. For me physical challenge has been something totally new over the last few years – so when I first starting getting fit having the Swimathon to train for was both a novelty (me training!!??) and a great focus, I like structure so it was good to track my distances etc. Since then I’ve used climbing holidays with friends or even my knee surgery as a focus.  Now I find myself perhaps wanting more? So what could that be? I’ve acheived more in the last 3 years than I even believed possible – is there more?  What could it be for you, could you push past what you believe is possible?

As this is a blog about losing and keeping weight off, I should mention that I’m not panicking in any way about the wobbliness, why? Because I know I can deal with it, I’m not going to resort to eating a family size pizza with a 6 pack of cheese & onion chaser and give away my swimsuit, kickboard trainers and sports bra. This is a blip, but because I changed my lifestyle, it won’t take anything major to put right, just some positive thought and focus.  It will also probably be fun!  So stay positive!

Finally as I’ve mentioned many times in the past, don’t be too hard on yourself, don’t set big goals, set small ones that you stand a chance of achieving, there is no time limit, the stronger you become by being able to achieve, much more becomes possible.

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