What would fitknitchick say?

Since I got back from holidays I’ve been in a funk. Tired all the time. Feeling anxious about the have-to’s. Not making enough time for the want-to’s. Sleeping poorly. Struggling at the gym. Craving sugar and starchy carbs. Yada, yada, yada.

Not my usual positive, energetic and up-beat self.

(Leaving the energizing warmth and sun of California to return to the cold, grey perma-rain of Vancouver didn’t help one bit 😉 )

Sometimes when I feel like this I ask myself what I’d tell a client who shared these feelings with me. What I’d say to help encourage and motivate her. How to help her make the changes required to turn things around.

In short, I ask myself “What would fitknitchick say?”

What would fitknitchick say?

She’d start by nodding her head in an understanding fashion. Acknowledging that life isn’t always easy. And reminding you of all the things she loves about you before suggesting the following;

  • make fitness and healthy eating your top priority. All our bodies really need to thrive is lots of movement and good nutrition. No matter how difficult you think it is to exercise and eat well, staying where you are is harder still. Remind yourself that working out makes you happy and that proper nutrition is also food for the soul.
  • be realistic in your expectations of yourself. Prioritize your  have-to’s (make sure exercise is one of them; schedule it if you must)Take the number of tasks you think you should be able to do in a day and half it. The world won’t end if you don’t finish getting the Scout badges sewn on your daughter’s uniform (or some similar apparently ‘urgent’ task) this week. Congratulate yourself for what you managed to accomplish rather than focusing on the things that didn’t quite get done.
  • make time for family, friends, fun and fibre (or some other creative hobby). Spending more time on the want-to’s always makes the have-to’s easier. I know that ‘lunch with the girls’ cuts into your work time. But think how much more relaxed you’ll be after sharing a few laughs with your friends (sorry I didn’t carve out an hour in my day today guys; next time, I promise). Relaxation aids productivity.

And now, I’m off to take my own advice 😉

Do you have any tips to add to fitknitchick’s list? (she promises to give them a try…)




  1. Sorry you’ve been in a funk.

    I would add to the list treating yourself to something special every day, like a nice cup of tea that you enjoy uninterrupted while you light a candle or a bath with a nice bath salt, something that is just for you and makes you feel special.

    Hope you’ll feel better soon! And, you give good advice! So take it! 🙂
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    • Thanks so much Andrea! I have been carving out a little more time for knitting, which is like having a bath for me. And the daily workouts are really helping too!

  2. Excellent advice as always. Although I’m not in a post-holiday funk, I consumed far too much sugar over the past couple weeks. It’s my own fault. I baked too many treats. But there are only a few left in the freezer, and they’ve lost their allure to me, so now I have to get back on track. But of course, I can still have a little dark chocolate. No need for complete deprivation. 😉

    Hope you get your mojo back soon. I have no doubt you will!
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    • Thanks Carrie and Happy New Year. I am starting to feel better (especially since I have a lot of white space on my calendar next week!)

  3. “Okay, Josie. The party’s over. Time to get back down to business”.
    I knew it happen. It always does, after all — trying to get back into the groove after the holidays. But this year was different. I acknowledged the sludge of trying to get back into the groove ahead of time. Embraced the sludge before I even encountered it. So when it came to time to actually pull up my bootstraps post-holiday, it was easier this time.

    Re-activate that mojo, Tamara! xo!
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  5. We’ve all been super sick so I’ve been dealing with this for sure. I’m fighting back by de-cluttering. I’ve cleaned out 2 rooms this week (bags off to donate, trash to the trash, everything in it’s place). It cleared my mind and has me ready to tackle other stuff.
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    • De-cluttering always makes me feel better Barbara. Something about having more control over your environment I think. Hope you’re all feeling better soon; being sick over the holidays is no fun 🙁

  6. Good thing you didn’t say “Make room for Fatty Foods!”
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    • Ha, ha! Certainly had some of those on vacation… It’s probably a good thing there’s no Trader Joe’s around here!

  7. Love this Tamara – great advice & always right on! 🙂 Just like you wrote, take it a step at a time & a day at a time. No need to do it all & overwhelm yourself… start back slowly, give the bod time to adjust & feel how great it feels to eat better & exercise again & than just slowly get back to your normal schedule… I think we feel we need to do so much all at once or meet up to what others are doing – just focus on what is right for you. 🙂
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    • Thanks Jody. Getting back into a routine helps me a lot. It’s just so easy to be a slug when you’re away from home and getting into the groove of relaxing!

  8. Great advice. It’s important to realize that we can’t always feel 100% and that’s OK.
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  9. You’re so lucky to have this inner wise person! I guess we do, but mine is crankier. 😉