100 lb. Club - bored bored bored bored bored
02-22-2010, 03:36 PM
I'm doing the same things all the time. Pretty much eating similar foods (things I know the calorie content of and I rarely cook), and I do pretty much the same exercise routine each week. I need some excitement, something different.
I'm sort of in a rut.
I've been trying to do things more with friends but I don't really drink anymore and the weather is still too cold to get people to want to go for walks/ runs.
When you get in a rut, what have you done? Any advice on how to get excited about this all again? I feel like I'm losing my mojo. I've still been losing weight, but I'm sort of feeling this great big "meh" right now.:?:
02-22-2010, 03:53 PM
I was THERE this fall. Hugely there. And I don't KNOW how I got out of the rut... it just kinda happened. I do know I started looking at stats and looking at how far I had come and everything I have now that I didn't before... that helped. FAKING excitement helped. Switching my foods up a bit helped too... maybe try some new condiments or find a new calorie free drink.
I hope you get out of it soon *mega hugs*
02-22-2010, 04:02 PM
I'm there too...but I kind of don't mind right now. It's just so easy to do the same thing and, sometimes, when I try to branch out, I start thinking about all of the food I dont eat anymore and wanting it again. Maybe you could join a running club or something?
02-22-2010, 04:04 PM
I am slowly pulling myself out of a rut right now....I picked up a new cookbook, using a lot of colors in my meals & putting myself out there more in public. I've been practicing my guitar more and just rocking out by myself to relax!
Making an effort to just tweak little things you know you can change is a start :D
02-22-2010, 04:08 PM
I just took a new profile picture (my camera is in the office and that picture was taken like 30 seconds ago) so that is something new. Hey, its better than nothing, right? :)
Joining a running club is a great idea...also, maybe joining some walking meetup group or something.
02-22-2010, 04:16 PM
How about inviting people over to play games or cards. It can be done without alcohol or they can BYOB if you want. Winter is a hard time of year...I know I am getting cabin fever and I love staying home!
02-22-2010, 04:19 PM
I try on all the clothes in my closet. :D
New profile pics are great. Maybe make a collage of your journey.
Part of the problem may simply be that you have cabin fever. That's not at all uncommon right now. Maybe invite folks over to watch a game? I have some friends coming over Sunday to watch gold medal hockey for the olympics.
I've been watching the Food channel lately. I'll run through the guide and look for foods I don't know what to do with but want to eat and I record that show.
Matt- I think it is great that you are sticking with it. ***Great new profile pic by the way.
As far as hitting a rut- what do you do for working out? If you go to a gym maybe you could start taking a new class... Or if you workout at home you could try a new Wii workout game or exercise video. And, like the other poster said, you could try joining a local health activities club. :)
I feel for you about struggling with being social and healthy. That is one of my biggest issues right now. I am trying to get out more and be more social.. while also not drinking or eating poorly. And, like you said, there's still too much snow to really get some friends outside. (That and I hate winter so I don't like being outside when it is cold, icy, and snowy.)
02-22-2010, 04:44 PM
how bout taking a martial arts class or kickboxing or something! Once I am a little more fit, that is what I want to do!
traci in training
02-22-2010, 06:11 PM
Just got an e-mail from travelocity with SUPER cheap airfares. Thinking of taking my DH on a weekend trip somewhere - even if we don't have anything in particular to do there. Just a change of scenery, you know? I'm so sick of snow I could SCREAM!
02-22-2010, 06:40 PM
I'm in the same boat - we should all sail somewhere fun in it!
I think I'm bored with my life in general, but it's scary to break out and try new things (for me, anyway). I'm thinking of volunteering somewhere to get out of the house more, having people over to my house, just getting out into the world and enjoying the fact that I don't feel nearly so self-conscious as I used to.
As for the weight loss, it's slow going for me these days and that is contributing to my boredom. Watching paint dry would be more fun and less frustrating... But I'm not giving up, that's just life - doing what you're supposed to do even when it's not fun.
Wouldn't it be nice if the 100lb Club all lived in the same town and we could all do fun things together?
02-22-2010, 07:02 PM
Hey Matt, First off, kudos to the weight loss. You rock :carrot:
The first thing that stuck with me is that you had said, "you lost your mojo." And, I thought that perhaps you could step out of your box or comfort zone and just do something different.
Maybe do some volunteer work and see how that makes you feel.
Maybe it's not all about finding some other form of exercise or maybe it's not about cooking or lack of cooking, or maybe it's not about eating the same ole' things.
Maybe it's about......doing for someone else.
Just a thought.
You'd be surprised how it feels and perhaps it might bring back that mojo and then some. :cloud9:
And, again Matt, kudos to the weight loss. :carrot:
02-22-2010, 07:23 PM
What about a healthy cooking class? When you said you didn't cook I didn't know if it was because it's a pain in the rear to cook for one person (my experience!) or if you didn't really know how. You might meet some nice people with common goals there...
02-22-2010, 07:34 PM
Well, maybe find a buddy who wants to do a new workout routine? I live too far away to walk with ya sorry :) You could take up swimming at the local rec maybe? I got bored with my workout in general, and bought a trampoline and am looking into a weighted hula hoop :carrot:
If you're bored with the food, maybe look around to see what spices you can add to things, I dunno I get bored with food too, causes some of my bad eating. Maybe try a new mix... I find adding apples and nuts to a salad and using a vinaigrette is quite a change from my love of ranch dressing salads! Eh, just an idea.
If you like fish maybe that? With shrimp you could grill them as kabobs with other stuff... :T
02-22-2010, 07:39 PM
You may not have this problem, but for me, variety is dangerous, especially in the food I eat. I've been eating the same healthy things for a while, trying to desensitize myself to food stimuli. If I'm not careful I get way too excited about food, because I love to cook, and then I want to experiment all throughout the grocery store! Yikes! :)
I agree with the suggestions to volunteer. I'm in the winter doldrums, too, but my goal this spring is to start volunteering at the local animal shelter, and get out of my own head a bit.
Good luck with finding your own variety, love the new pic, and congratulations on your weight loss so far! You are definitely an inspiration! :hug:
:carrot: [I just love this little carrot!]
02-22-2010, 08:26 PM
the healthy cooking class the the volunteering are great ideas. I signed up for NY Cares, but haven't had the chance to do anything as yet. It's beginning to be the time of the year that parks need help with the spruce up work, if you like doing that.
you might want to pick a nice food market in the Boston area you haven't explored much and buy some fixin's.
maybe some activity that's outside your comfort zone, like karate, kick boxing, boxing (if they are outside your zone, that is).
thinking for you and myself with all this stuff, ha. keep in mind, spring is around the corner, and that tends to chase the mehs away, for me at least.
your pic looks great, Matt!
02-22-2010, 10:39 PM
We are in the home stretch now Matt. In less than 3 weeks we go into daylight savings, and before you know it it will be spring...for now, see if you can change your routine a bit.... why not plan a party, or a weekend away ?
02-22-2010, 11:30 PM
I wonder if you need to find another BIG PROJECT to pursue.
I know not everyone is like this, but I love having some huge goal to obsess about. Weight loss is great for that. It gives life a huge purpose.
But you are nearing your weight goal and it seems like you've achieved plenty of fitness goals, so maybe it's time to set your mind to some project, like climbing Mt. Everest, or composing a symphony or something.
I exaggerate, but only slightly. I think the people who can set a long term goal to lose 100 or 200 pounds or more are people who can achieve great things and lofty goals. Maybe you want to sail around the world...
Just food for thought to maybe get you headed in a new direction.
02-22-2010, 11:42 PM
Can you try different recipes that are similar to what you have been eating, but not higher in calories? I found that I got into a rut when I ate a certain type of protein, cause I only knew how to cook it one way. Now, I have a few more ways of cooking it, and feel sooo much more enthused about eating certain foods.
02-23-2010, 06:35 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone. When the weather is nicer, I'm definitely going to exploring a bit around the area and take up hiking. I also need to do something this weekend (day trip some place).
02-23-2010, 07:24 AM
There are some great meetup hiking groups in my area; I bet there are some in yours as well. It's a good way to meet like-minded people, and have someone to go hiking with (not always easy to find among your peer group, in my experience.)
When I get really sick of my routine I go back to basics. Sounds counter intuitive, I suppose, but plotting out a new run in my neighborhood and making a new running mix for my iPod usually helps me refocus my efforts.
Are you weight training? I started P90X twelve weeks ago and the results have been great for my strength. It's an investment for sure, but it's been a lot of fun.
02-23-2010, 09:56 AM
mattttttttt....mattttttttttyyyyyyyyy...mattttttttt ttoooootttttoooooo yah I got nothin' I was trying to distract you :D
I know what you mean, some days/weeks I get the feeling "wow i wake up, brush my teeth, work, home, clean, eat, tv, bed....repeat" UGH LOL
volunteering helped me! I love it! I don't do anything super meaningful like help AIDS patients at a hospice or anything ~ i play piano for old folks at a home (and ummm they pat me on the head and say i'm a nice GIRL ....a 40 year old GIRL yay!!!) lol Oldies love help! and to talk and tell fun stories! I feel great just visiting, making them laugh etc.! At least it gets my mind off of ME for a while lol
it'll be spring sooooooooooooonnnnnnnn
02-23-2010, 01:14 PM
Do you like to read? I know reading is a sedentary activity but the library is like a whole world of exciting things to look at, read about, listen to, rent to watch. I love love LOVE to read and it is a great escape from cabin fever. I've borrowed books on CD to listen to on loooong car rides, maybe you can borrow some great adventures to listen to while you run, walk, exercise...
BTW, your pic is very handsome!!
02-23-2010, 05:45 PM
I love the new pic.
Some of the things that help me when I start feeling in a rut are new music, new clothes (including new workout stuff), something new to do - like the volunteering thing, or a big project that needs to be tackled at your house (we're painting the kitchen), anything that gives you something to focus on. My gym has a program where they will pair people up who enjoy the same things, maybe you could find someone who doesn't mind running in the colder weather with you? Also, since you have had such awesome success maybe your gym could give you a buddy that is just starting on the journey that you could help.
02-23-2010, 05:53 PM
I think that's an awesome idea, FitGirlyGirl! Matt, if you have time, being a mentor to others starting at similar places as you would be pretty inspiring to them and would keep you focused on your own journey. The big way to change your life is to learn to see it from a different perspective.
02-23-2010, 07:03 PM
Also, since you have had such awesome success maybe your gym could give you a buddy that is just starting on the journey that you could help.
This is such a great idea!