Category Archives: mental health

On getting the goal

Hello internet blog world, my, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

I’m happy to say that for me, the worst of the term is past. I’m not necessarily closer to being done (couple exams, a few summer courses, and you know an internship) but hey I’m getting there, and I feel a lot lighter today.

The worst part is that I’ve been dying to write. Not literally, but it seems like the one week in my life when I know I don’t have time to blog is when I come up with the most ideas. How does that work anyway?

This post was inspired by  Caitlin recent posts on life/work balance, and how it really just a way for us ladies to guilt trip ourselves. (Love her friend’s response by the way)

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(I love this picture, it’s from a project this year, and it just reminds me of holistic health) 

I was reading the response sent by Caitlin’s bff, and one quote stuck out for me:

Generally though, I’m ok with my hectic work schedule because I have secret desires of world domination and I am constantly considering the "long term.”  I think people get into trouble when they have those "What is it all for??!" moments, but you really just need to keep things in perspective.  Remember why you are doing what you do in work and life, and if you’re creative enough you’ll figure out a way to rule the world and and still have your sanity.

I have always been a very goal oriented person, and long term goals, short term goals, any kind of goals really, usually drive me. Something I’ve noticed is that upon hitting that goal, I get a little lost for a while. Somehow when I achieve a goal, I get confused. What do I do now? This is as far as I’d thought.

And this happened when I finally got into dietetics. I’d been driving myself through five years of university to get to dietetics. Then I got in, and I got lost. I asked myself What is it all for? What am I doing here? 

For some reason this year I’ve been avoiding making goals. There have been a lot of barriers, but the thing is, those barriers have been almost entirely in my head. 

The honest biggest mental block I’ve had is not knowing what exactly I want. Sure it’s okay to waver here and there, to be flexible, but I’ve always been someone who wants to (and usually does) know where I’m going, even if the route to getting there is a little bit scenic and off the beaten path.

I know some time off is fine, but there’s a difference between resting and becoming stagnant. And stagnant is definitely what I’ve been feeling lately. I just need to motivation to make the changes I’ve been thinking about.

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But I feel like I’m slowly getting back to being my old self, but I was definitely looking for some thoughts on goals and life/work balance.

How do you get back on track after reaching a goal?

Do you usually have an idea of goals for when you reach goals?

How do you deal with loss of motivation? Do you force yourself to get back at it, or give yourself some time (on that note, how much is too much time?)

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February: Change

Hello.

So. It’s a new month, and I can’t believe it’s February already, my how time flies. I’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for this month and I’m hoping you’ll enjoy following me along this journey.

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I doodled up this little list of goals on Sunday in a fit of procrastination.

That’s right, I declared that for February I would:

  • Not Drink any Coffee
  • Not eat any sugar (processed sugar, desserts, etc.)
  • Workout every day

What’s inspired this?

If you know me in real life you’ll know I’ve been complaining about my jeans all fitting a wee bit tighter since December. I can’t blame it on the laundry machines any more.

My energy levels are low and listless and I’ve been feeling health and body wise really out of sorts. I know it’s the two blondies or cookies or chocolates I have after both LUNCH and DINNER and you know that little bit I have at 4pm because I’m just in the mood.

So there’s a little something different in my coffee cup this morning.

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I’ve definitely been inspired to make some of these changes by reading about the great experience of Ashley over at Edible Perspective. She was able to “detox” sans feeling deprived in anyway.

I drank the lemon water today, and it tasted pretty good actually (I’d been trying it with the bottled lemon juice before today, and that is totally gross). I’ve also had tea, since I’m pretty sure if I didn’t I’d have the worst hangover ever. Though I am hoping to go completely caffeine free later this month.

Then yesterday I got an invite from this lovely lady over at Life After Bagels.

Morgan was inspired by the crew at Oprah and wants us to join her in going vegan for a week. And since I’m in the mood to actually make changes happen in my life, I figure this is a very good starting point.

What sort of resolutions and goals do you have for February?

I promise I’ll be updating more, especially with the challenges of giving up two of my favourite things, and with the vegan challenge.

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