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Old 01-17-11, 09:08 PM   #1
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In a funk and can not get out of it

I am in a funk and can not get out of it. I have no motivation to ride, walk, or do anything for that matter. I sometimes get into these, but its never more than a week or two, but this one has been for a couple of months. Any ideas?
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I'm there also...the way I have broke the funk before was to just go out and ride. Once you're out there the cold isn't so bad and you just start to enjoy. It makes me think that SAD is no joke.
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I've only worked like 4 of the past 26 months. I hear ya.
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I am in a funk and can not get out of it. I have no motivation to ride, walk, or do anything for that matter. I sometimes get into these, but its never more than a week or two, but this one has been for a couple of months. Any ideas?
I go on a group ride. It works every time.
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find one person to walk/ride with. Then you are accountable to that person for showing up every day (or whatever your agreed schedule). Easy to not go when it's just me. When I have somebody counting on me to be there for them, I HAVE to get there.
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Welcome to winter. I get very depressed this time of year. It's tough to get through it, but it helps if you have others to talk through it with.
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For me the worst part of the winter is post-holidays. The dark nights dont seem so bad with the hols to look forwards to and the fun that goes with it. However, mid-january all we have are dark nights and the cold. This is the time of year I have decided to sign up for my summer challenges. I just signed up for the Seattle to Portland ride in July. It gives me something to shoot for. I went out tonight and did a quick 6 mile ride as fast a sI possibly could. Got the blood pumping and the legs a little more active after sitting in a god-forsaken cube all day.

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I am glad that its not just me in this situation.
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I watch an episode of "The Biggest Loser" or there is a new show on A&E called "Heavy." I'm ready to hit the gym (treadmill) before the episode is over.
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i am stuck in a rut too. everything is cold and covered in snow here.

i had been riding the trainer a few time a week but haven't convinced myself to get on for about a month now.
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I'm there also...the way I have broke the funk before was to just go out and ride. Once you're out there the cold isn't so bad and you just start to enjoy. It makes me think that SAD is no joke.
SAD is definitely real... one of the reasons I moved out west.

It's tough... but you have to force yourself to get on your bike. You won't always feel enthusiastic about working out. Pushing through those times is what defines you.
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I am in a funk and can not get out of it. I have no motivation to ride, walk, or do anything for that matter. I sometimes get into these, but its never more than a week or two, but this one has been for a couple of months. Any ideas?
Consult with your physician. Depression is a very treatable condition. Aerobc exercise, incidentally, is well established as one method of treatment!
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It's tough... but you have to force yourself to get on your bike. You won't always feel enthusiastic about working out. Pushing through those times is what defines you.
Gotta disagree, depending on the context.

OP, had you been pushing really hard before hitting this wall? Dieting and exercising a lot?

If you do too much for too long, it zaps your will to exercise. I'm still trying to get through a nasty case of this. My biggest suggestion is to change a surrounding somehow - if you ride, try riding a completely different route. If you just ride and walk, look into a trial membership at a gym and see if that helps with your blues. If you're in a gym, consider joining a different gym. Find a way to shake up the old routine a little bit and get back to it a bit at a time. Try to go a few days a week, ease back into it. You'll be back at it.

And SAD is crazy real. It's awful.

Try taking some depression inventories - you could be going through a temporary wave of depression and you might need a little boost.
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I completly understand. I pushed myself pretty hard on the bike this year then around November I stated playing raquetball 2 days a week with some co-workers. Of course I pushed my self to hard and started dealing with a sore groin. I had slowed down on my biking around November so I decided to shut down all exercise right before Christmas in a effort to help heal. I'm starting to feel better with the groin and some other lingering aliments. I got back into raquetball last week and I find myself back to reading about biking again. I thinking I'll be back on the bike here soon but my motiavion is still low. I think I just need to go do it one night and I'll get back into it. Now, if I only did not have this desire to buy a new bike...

Hopefully you can find your motivation somehow!
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As one who also enjoys SAD, the only thing (outside of seeing a doctor) that helps me is to have something I am working towards. It doesn't have to be big, just like 'finish these two books by...', or 'walk at least two hours total this week', try and give yourself a "reason". Reason and meaning are very important in life, we need them. PM or FB msg me If you want to chat or get some ideas. I've had SAD my whole life, but being married to a Psychologist has helped.
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I am in a funk and can not get out of it. I have no motivation to ride, walk, or do anything for that matter. I sometimes get into these, but its never more than a week or two, but this one has been for a couple of months. Any ideas?
Sometimes I think the issue is that we often have goals in December, you know you are at 1900 miles and you just gotta get on the trainer to get that last 100 miles in, and then January comes along, and the next goal is a long way off, so it's hard to get motivated. MY own difficulty usually is the cusp seasons, April-May, September-October, when the weather can often stink 4-5 days in a row, meaning you lose momentum and that costs you motivation as well, because you need to start over to some degree. I now have 2 bikes, so the road bike can stay on the trainer, and the mountain bike can stay in the shed, giving the ability to ride outside when the weather is nice and inside when it isn't.
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If you get into a funk and can't seem to get out of it, I recommend the following:

Go see your medical doctor.

Tell them what's going on
See if they'll run blood tests to check for low levels of stuff (I'm not a Dr., so I'm not going to even try to say what 'stuff' is... iron? Vitamin D? Heck, I don't know... but your doctor does).
Have them do an overall fitness evaluation. Maybe you've got the flu or some other condition that's low-grade enough that you don't consciously notice it, but it's dragging you down and sapping your energy.

Also, check the rest of your life to see if there's anything that might contribute to your funk. Personal finance, family illness, loss of a loved one, etc... Anything that's stress-inducing can lead you down a dark road. Identifying possible issues won't solve them, but it's a first step in dealing with them.



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find one person to walk/ride with. Then you are accountable to that person for showing up every day (or whatever your agreed schedule)
+1

Also, as mentioned before, have your Doc check you out. I was like this (and sometimes still am), and came to find out I have Hypothyroidism. Basically, without taking my meds, I contemplate, "Do I REALLY need to get off the couch to go pee, or can I hold it another hour?"

On the meds, not only do I pee when I need to, but I get off the couch for other reasons... like when I am thirsty, I no longer wait for someone else to get up, so I can ask THEM to get it for me.
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First try to identify what led you into a funk. If it is something as simple as hating your workout routine, then look for alternatives or something you can do to change it around.

If it is more complex (like a series of events) then seeking professional help would be advised.

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Did not ever think that there would be this much input on this thread. These past few months have been hell with me, and its not helped any. I am thinking that this funk is due to winter time. The days are short, cold, and its been raining here lately. I am coming to the conclusion, that its SAD and a bit of depression causing this funk.

One the other hand, after being outside most of the day, I did actually feel like cooking supper tonight. Shrimp Alfredo with a whole grain linguine. I am going to try to get on the trainer for a bit tonight, and do a little "riding".
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Have you tried increasing your vitamin D-3 intake?
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I do not take vitamins, even though I have a bottle of them sitting by the sink. I was thinking earlier that I should start taking them again, and I guess this is a sign that I should.
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Make a decision to try the trainer or outside for 5 minutes and only 5 minutes. At that point, if you don't want to continue, quit and go home. If not, continue on.

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