Photo on Saturday1-5-13 at 2.15 PM #3

There is a big difference between being in a rut and being in a groove.

When you are in a rut, it is usually not a place you intended to be and you find yourself feeling stuck and clamoring to get out of it.

When you are in a  groove, it is usually a place you intended to be and you are glad to be there and making efforts to stay the course.

I have been stuck in a rut for the better part of the last half of last year, from eating bad and failure to exercise, to letting projects linger/build up and doing very little beyond meeting social obligations, going to work and keeping house.

As I said in a prior post, I have finally returned to the gym and although I’m only 3 days in (3 work outs in 3 days  – yay me!) I already feel like I have moved from a rut to a groove. Going back to the gym has had a profound effect on my mental and emotional state and my productivity. Besides the psychological lift of feeling better about myself for going to the gym each day, I am also less angry at work (or what I affectionately refer to as “cubicle hell”), I am more active at home, I am completing projects and I feel more focused and productive in everything I do. I am eating way better, feeling way better and find myself pondering the year ahead with more optimism and less dread. Instead of feeling like I am continuing to trudge along with little progress on my life (a “rut”), I am seeing things in a  more optimistic light and starting to like the direction my life is going, once again (a “groove”).

Things aren’t perfect. It’s going to take a long time to undo the damage I have done to my body, and I’m sure I will have moments of struggle. I also have a lot of projects to complete, still,  and it’s going to be a tight year, financially, for us once again. But  I am able to look back and see how far I’ve come and realize that maybe things aren’t quite as bad as they seemed when I was seeing everything through the haze of despair from my little rutted world.

Most importantly, I feel like I’m in control of the ship once again and I like the direction I’m headed.

Guess you could say, I’m feeling Groovy!

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3 Responses to Groove-y

  1. And now I have “Groove is in the Heart” stuck in my head. Why seems appropriate.


  2. oooooooooooh, you’re in “the comics room”! one day at a time, sassybear!

  3. Tony Davis says:

    i am glad to hear that you are moving from rut to groove. i think that many people attempt this very journey at the turn of the new year. i support your decision to reestablish exercise in your life. as a mental health person, it is amazing to me how many people would rather take a pill to feel better than to simply go for a brisk walk. science has proven time and time again the mental and emotional benefits of exercise, not to mention the physical benefits. i hope your resolve sticks until you develop exercise as a habit again. in your previous post you mentioned that a friend is checking in on you to make sure that you are going to the gym, and this is one of the best ways to keep it up. i have been exercising in some way since i was 13 years old, and by now it is just a part of my life, like brushing my teeth. but i do know how hard it is to get back into it. keep it up, and make sure that you are following a realistic workout schedule that is maintainable. p.s.–looking at sexy guy photoblogs online is a great way to motivate yourself as well! -tony

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