On Losing the Spark

I have to be 100% honest with you. I’m losing my spark.

I don’t know if it’s the gloomy, rainy weather Boston has been stuck in for the last 5 days or so. I don’t know if it’s the cold weather. I don’t know if it’s the lack of motivation with the holidays right around the corner. But I have been in a funk.

Boston skyline

[Oh summer, how I miss you!]

There are countless blog posts written about tips or tricks for staying motivated during the holiday season. I get it. It’s a tough time of year if you’re on a diet or struggling to get a fitness routine going. Believe me, even us “fitness fanatics,” the crazy people who train for races in the winter, have problems with motivation. But as much as I know the tips—schedule your workouts like you do meetings, don’t go to holiday parties hungry, drink lots of water—I am finding myself struggling to just get out the door.

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been trying to get up early to go workout or go for a run before work. Now that Bernie’s schedule has changed at work, he doesn’t get home until much later. Which leaves our poor pup home alone much longer during the day than I’d like. Plus, with the bad weather and it getting so cold and dark so early, Koji isn’t getting the exercise he needs. Plus, it makes it a hell of a lot easier to attend holiday parties after work or catch up on other things in the hours I usually spend working out at night. I was doing really well—I got up at 5:40am for 5 days in a row one week. But then things just fell apart this week. I lost the spark…

I’m telling you this not to vent or complain (first world problems, right?) But instead I share this because I want to make sure my readers know that I’m human too. I fall down. I get out of sync. I lose my mojo.

are you my mojo

[One of my super talented colleagues made this. Anyone know the reference?]


But every time I get all bent out of shape about falling down, I try to remind myself of the other things I’m doing:

  • I was running in the morning for a couple of weeks, even when all I wanted to do was sleep.
  • I have been doing more strength work on top of my running.
  • I have been going to yoga more consistently, another goal of mine.
  • I have been sticking to my 80/20 rule of health eating habits during the holidays.

Hey, no one’s perfect! Now, if I could just get some of the running magic back, I’ll be ready to take on 2015. I have some big goals in mind and I’m ready to accomplish them. Anyone want to be my morning run buddy and force me out of bed?


Readers: Do you ever struggle with losing your mojo, whether it’s in your work or your personal life?

How do you break out of a funk?

Anyone else struggling with becoming a morning exerciser?