Sometimes it’s just hard to get going. You know the feeling; you have a hard time getting your body going to the gym, you have a hard time getting your brain going when you have work to do, you have a hard time just getting all the synapses firing together in order to get everything done.
That’s how I’m feeling today. I don’t know if it’s the cedar pollen still floating around the air in Central Texas, or the crazy warm-weather-cold-weather fluctuations we are having this winter…but something stole my get-up-and-go today!
And it’s not just because it’s Monday, I am sure. It’s just a cycle I go through — just like you do. Depending on who you talk to, there are a myriad of reasons we feel this way at the times we do. Whatever the reason, I have to believe it’s just part of the cycle of life. Some ups. Some downs. Some where we don’t know if we are up or down, we just are. 🙂
So on this day I sit at my computer really trying to craft a fabulous, uplifting newsletter for you, and my brain is just fog and mush.
On a day like today, I just keep thinking about ALL the information I have to share with you, and how in the world will I ever get it all across clearly, and in a helpful/informative/inspiring way?
It’s a bit overwhelming, actually — how much information we have about healthy living, fitness, nutrition, weight loss, muscle building, how the body functions, why some things work and some things don’t…
The body is a beautiful, amazing and efficient machine. There are things going on in your body that you will NEVER know about. Good things. Bad things. Problem resolution. Prevention. Security. Such a complex body — fascinating what we do know, and yet so much we don’t know.
We are a society of information seekers. We are constantly trying to understand why things work the way they do, how we can use that information to get better, get faster, get more productive, see results sooner. Essentially, we are always looking for shortcuts — under the guise of efficiency, of course.
How does that trait impact your efforts in improving your health and fitness goals? Most frequently, it can actually be harmful to your progress.
Why would that be? After all, having accurate information is important, right? Of course, I will agree that we need to have accurate information. But how do you know what to believe in? There is so much information thrown at us via media, social media, books, articles, family and friends….it can lead to overload. There is actually a term for it: “paralysis through analysis.”
What is paralysis through analysis? It is exactly as it says: paralysis (no movement) due to overwhelming analysis, or overload. Essentially, you do nothing, because you are overwhelmed with information and don’t know where to start or what to do.
Have you ever found yourself in that place with regard to your health and fitness? Have you ever thought you would like to run a marathon, or compete in a fitness competition, or lose 50 pounds, or learn how to waterski…but after reading a bit about it, talking to some folks about it….all of a sudden it seemed like this HUGE undertaking and you just have no idea where to start, much less what the steps would be to see it through to the end? That, my friend, is paralysis by analysis.
All of a sudden, it seems like a goal that is TOO BIG, or TOO UNWIELDY, and it’s hard to figure out how to make it happen.
I believe it is safe to say that we have all had this feeling and this experience in various times throughout our lives. And I’m sure it will happen many more times in our futures.
The key really lies in how you handle that feeling of paralysis.
Sometimes, it’s okay to let it overwhelm you briefly and take the time to step back and let go and let your brain work itself around the issue. When you take the task up again, you can see it from a fresh perspective and that might be just what you need to move forward.
Other times, we let the paralysis stop us from achieving our goals, simply because it just seems too overwhelming…and that is when it’s time to reach out and ask for help.
Having BIG, HAIRY goals is really, really important! The bigger, the better. And it’s perfectly OKAY to ask for help in achieving those goals. After all, it is very likely that SOMEONE out there has already done what you want to do! SOMEONE has *exactly* the information and the steps you need to take to get you to your goal. Reach out to them! Find a coach, find a mentor, find someone who has been down that road and can keep you from falling into the potholes along the way! FIND the people who have been where you are right now, and learn from them about what they did to accomplish and move forward OUT of paralysis and INTO action!
Over the last few weeks I have written about identifying your ONE thing to focus on, and figuring out how BADLY you want to achieve your ONE thing. NOW is time to decide if it’s time to reach out and find a COACH or MENTOR to help guide you through the information minefield and design a clear-cut course of action.
How bad DO you want it? Are you going to let information overload paralyze movement toward your goal? Do you REALLY REALLY want this? If you do, are you willing to ask for some help from someone who can give you the guidance/support/motivation/accountability/inspiration that you need to push through to the end?
Whether or not it is health & fitness related, you’ve got to decide: a) Do you want it bad enough? and b) Who can you look to for help to achieve it?
It might be a good friend. It might be your spouse. It might be someone at work. It might be an acquaintance. It might be a referral from someone else. It might be a complete stranger. But someone is out there who can help you to cut through all the crap and REALLY GET GOING on accomplishing that goal.
Clear your mind. Open your heart to allow someone in to help. If you’ve been afraid to share your goal with someone, it’s time to get over it. Hold your head up high, open your eyes and reach out to someone who is experienced and knowledgeable and can help you reach that goal. You owe it to yourself! You are worth it!
And you know what else? In the near future, it is very likely that someone will reach out to YOU to ask for help in accomplishing their goal. It’s called “paying it forward” — and it is what makes the world go round. 🙂
Time to grab that goal and hold on tight! Reach out and ask for assistance — and get ready to do something you never realized you could do!
* Recipe of the Week * It’s February, and it’s cold. I was craving something warm and comforting, and this is what sounded good to me. 🙂 Try it out…it’s a single serving. Yes, it’s microwaved (sorry to all those folks who are anti-microwaving). It can be done in the oven too — but for the busy folks, microwaves rule the day. Just microwave in something BPA-free, please! Glass or ceramic should do the trick!
Sorry for the lack of a fabulous picture! My photo was too large to upload…and I wanted to get this newsletter out, so I didn’t take the time to fiddle with making it the right size….please forgive. Fabulous photos next time!
Apple Mug Cake
1 Tbsp. real butter or coconut oil
2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. maple syrup
3 Tbsp. almond flour (or 2 Tbsp. coconut flour)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. apple, finely chopped
pinch of crumbled walnuts
pinch of cold butter
1. Melt butter in microwave safe mug on low power.
2. Whisk in the applesauce, egg, vanilla, and maple syrup until well combined.
3. Add almond meal, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and stir for about 30 seconds.
4. Use fingers to combine streusel topping ingredients, then add to the top of muffin(optional) and microwave for 1 minute & 10 seconds.
5. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Melt your butter and grease your mug.
3. Follow steps 2 & 3 and add your streusel topping (optional).
4. Place mug on cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
5. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!
Who is Melanie Daly?
Personal trainer, nutritionist, Gold Medal professional figure athlete, mom, wife…
Melanie Daly specializes in amazing transformations. Drawing on two decades of experience and extensive knowledge in personal training, and her expertise in nutrition programming, Melanie can take anyone who is frumpy to extremely fit, from overweight to outstanding, and the already-fit to even more fabulous.
“I am a personal trainer in the Georgetown/Round Rock, TX area who is ready to help you meet your fitness and weight loss goals. Call me today to schedule a complimentary consultation -we can work together in person or online!”