June 24, 2013

running on empty

My precious. My sweet, delicious, probably clogging my
arteries as we speak precious.
I've been pretty MIA from the blog and social media world lately, and I wanted to pop in for a quick update.

The past few weeks have been super busy at work, and I am also trying to sneak in some time editing book number one, which I'm still hoping to publish later this year. As a result, I'm tired. So tired that even the thought of sitting down to read a book or jot down a blog post exhausts me. The only reason I finally got around to it, today, is because I've bribed myself with the prospect of a cinnamon crunch scone if I was productive. (Seriously, Panera, if you had to come up with something this delicious and addictive, couldn't you have made it with fewer calories?)

Like I said, I'm tired. And crabby. Probably because I'm tired and I have a lot to do. I find myself tired from the moment I wake up until I go to bed. And aside from getting through a couple of seasons of "Mad Men" on Netflix and removing most instances of the phrase "did not" or "didn't" in my book (there were entirely too many -- I had no idea I overused those), I don't have a lot to show for the month.

That led me to wonder, what do other people do to get more energy and stay motivated? I often hear people preach the value of eating healthy and exercising, and I can agree it helps. But at the same time, the lack of energy makes it nearly impossible for me to put on my tennis shoes let alone get to the gym. And eating healthier would mean a trip to the grocery store followed by cooking rather than stopping by for a quick sandwich or snack at a restaurant.

Do I just have to get over these aversions? Probably. But at the same time, maybe I need to cut myself some slack and take a nap. And maybe I should slow down on the cinnamon scones.

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  1. I, too, suffer from this ailment and look forward to any advice offered.

  2. Laura, you're so crazy productive 99% of the time that it makes sense you'd run out of steam on occasion. Just give yourself a break and wait for those batteries to recharge themselves. I will say that exercise does help me a lot with my energy levels and if I skip even one workout, I feel very sluggish and gross. So, even if you just go outside and do a 20-minute walk in the morning or early evening, that will help with those feelings of malaise. Bonus - when you walk, it gives you quiet time to think about whatever writing project you're working on. I have some of my best book ideas when I'm exercising.

    Good luck! Hope you get your mojo back soon! {{{HUGS}}}

  3. I am having a similar experience lately. I've been so busy at the day job and traveling, I've had barely enough energy to shower on a daily basis! (Of course, I am exaggerating a wee bit). And all I want to do is watch TV and eat chocolate.