Dear Distractions {Fitmixer Giveaway!}

Ready to get a little deep today? Just a little, I promise.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I signed on board to be a Fitmixer ambassador.

As an ambassador, each month I’ll write about a blog post on a health or fitness-related topic chosen by Fitmixer. This month’s topic is “Let’s Break Up” – a break up letter geared toward letting go of something that’s holding us back.

I immediately began thinking about what I’d write about. Many topics came to mind ranging from super deep (demons of the past) to superficial (no more weeknight wine!) and I really couldn’t settle on one thing that I wanted to break up with. As an afterthought, this post was harder to write than I thought. Then, I went back and read the assignment again, and these words stuck out to me:

That thing that is holding you back

Oh, ok. See, I’m easily distracted. I tend to multi-task, always think about what’s coming next, trying to get done a few things at once, all while checking facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Klout (now that I kinda get it…kinda,) pinterest, and checking in on whatever reality TV is on Bravo at the moment. You wanna know what comes out of that? A whole lotta started, but not finished, tasks.

Dear Distractions,

      You’ve got some great qualities, you really do. I love that you make the time pass so quickly, and you provide ample entertainment. I mean, I’ve just started this letter, and thanks to alt-tabbing over to Facebook and gmail, it’s already taken me 10 minutes to write this much. Time’s-a flyin’!

    However, our time here is through. I have to start getting crap done, man. There’s a lot of projects and work to be done in the next couple months, so LEAVE me alone. I’m going to focus on one task and one task only. Don’t creep up on me while I’m working on a post or an article or a training plan and ask me to check my phone, the TV, or to see if there’s any new apparel in the “we made too much” page on lululemon. (There’s not. I just checked – my one last act of distractedness.) There’s a time and place for that, and it’s called breaks or free time. I won’t have it! Focus is the name of my game from here on out.

   This is going to be tough for both of us. We see each other ALL the time. So many rendezvous throughout the day, and then at night, when I should be giving 100% of my focus to my family, you’re there…in my hand…in the form of my phone. And then the reality TV – which is just a distraction for everything – I think I’ll go ahead and give up that part of you completely, too, for a while. I think it’s best we just part cold turkey. Go find some other person who likes shiny things and distract them. I’m donezo.

 

Love,

Paige

That was quite therapeutic!!

Before I go, I thought I’d share a little bit more on my manic Monday yesterday. Not having time to make a decent breakfast, I – literally – grabbed the first thing I saw, haha:

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And lastlyFitmixer Giveaway!

Your turn! For a chance to any 2-lb Fitmixer product of YOUR choosing, tell me:

What’s that think that’s holding you back? What do you need to break up with in your life?

For extra entries, you can head over to Fitmixer and write your own break up letter!

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  1. I need to break up with the watch.

    I keep vowing to do more yoga but keep thinking an hour is too much time…
    Miz recently posted..Boobs (not a sponsored post).My Profile

  2. Totally spend too much time on Facebook than I should! Especially when procrastinating…Pinterest comes in a close second! I probs would have failed out of college if Pinterest were around then! ;)

  3. I need to break up with negative thoughts!

  4. Julie @ Sweetly Balanced says:

    I need to breakup with doubt and negative thinking. I’m constant thinking about all the bad things rather than good. I need to stay positive and have confidence in myself. I need to remember that things aren’t always going to be perfect and to stay positive through all of it.
    Julie @ Sweetly Balanced recently posted..Full Body Workout BlastMy Profile

  5. Self doubt hands down. Always been my biggest hang up.

  6. I need to break up with negative self-thoughts, considering they seem to be popping up a lot more lately. I need to remind myself to stay positive because I’m probably the only one that recognizes my insecurities.

  7. I need to break up with the negative thoughts I have been having lately about myself and I need to break up with being so hard on myself!
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots recently posted..New Season New WorkoutsMy Profile

  8. I need to break up with my lack of self control!
    Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie recently posted..Family Weekend RecapMy Profile

  9. I love these break up posts! I would like to break up with my anxiety and my concerns over my body image!
    Danielle (@CleanFoodCreativeFitness) recently posted..A Treat on Tuesday: G Free S’mores Rice Kripsy Treats!My Profile

  10. I need to breakup with worrying about everything!

  11. I need to break up with my routine! I am constantly scheduling everything and I sometimes feel like I’m missing out on spontaneous moments in my life.
    Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian recently posted..Good, Greater, GreatestMy Profile

  12. I’m dying to try some Fitmixer products! One thing I should break up with is my multiple grocery trips per week – I really want to be organized enough to plan for the whole week!
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat recently posted..Cooking for a Carnivore (As a Vegetarian)My Profile

  13. My bf has pointed out that I live my life to much on contingencies – I won’t even try new things or adventures because I look through all possible options of how it could go and if there’s any slight chance things won’t go well I talk myself out of even trying!
    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } recently posted..Rain, Running & other Random thingsMy Profile

  14. I must break up with self-doubt. NOW!

    You should read Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy. It totally changed how I look at my time and those distractions that get in the way of my day!

  15. love the fitmixer post! they’re offering 25% off their bootcamp right now which is a great price!

    I need to break up with beers. Sure they’re fun to have with a group of friends….but 1 can easily turn into 5 and then 6:30am arrives to quickly and I hate myself all morning.
    robfiasco @ run2thehills recently posted..Done with Dairy…My Profile

  16. I have a part time job that I am getting rid of by the end of this year.

  17. I think the thing that is holding me back the most, in regards to fitness at least, is not having the confidence in myself. I need to break up with uncertainty and start remembering how far I’ve come on my fitness journey! I know that I am capable of so much more, but my negative thoughts and lack of confidence in lifting those heavy weights or running those miles as fast as I can is definitely holding me back. Well no longer! I am breaking up with being self-conscious and am goind to begin embracing my strengths!

  18. Clever! I need to break up with restaurants. I don’t eat out often (thank goodness), but when I do, it’s never healthy.
    Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) recently posted..Yoga – The Cure for the Common LifeMy Profile

  19. I need to break up with numbers. Always comparing my miles, heart rate, etc to my last or best workout. Instead of feeling pumped for making it through a 60 minute spin class, I’m disappointed I did reach X heart rate.

  20. Lack of motivation/time is definitely holding me back!!

    I need to break up with eating out so much!!! I love to cook but after a long day of 9-5 I am so tired when I get home… I need to be more prepared and meal prep on the weekends for the week!!

  21. I recently broke up with Facebook and I love life with a little less social media. Being without has made me realize just how much time and energy I wasted with my fixation. I also broke up with cable TV at the same time…and I’ve had such a productive and relaxing summer being that much more “unplugged”! I honestly don’t see myself ever going back…I’ve read more books and killed less brain cells by watching reality TV and the like. ;)

    I would LOVE to win this giveaway! Have been dying to try Fitmixer but have yet to pull the trigger…

  22. Great post! Love your breakup letter…that’s such a good one. For me, I’d say what’s holding me back is commitment. I want to live and look and feel a certain way but am not a very goal-oriented person (funny for a trainer maybe!) and therefore keep eating pretty good and working out pretty hard but never really making progress. This is on the fitness-front, the personal one, but it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. Is it the commitment? Is it the need to want to be free from goals? I don’t actually think it’s a fear of failure – that’s never driven what I’ve done or not done before. But lots to think about for me with this post. Thanks, Paige!

    (oh – and crossing my fingers for a win – I’ve wanted to try this product after reading so much about it; thanks for the giveaway!)
    Bonnie recently posted..#Eat (Stop, Eat?) & #MOVE: reflections from the weekendMy Profile

    • Bonnie! Yes I can relate. I hate that you have to blame it on “fear of failing” or “fear of succeeding” – can’t it just be a little laziness every now and then?
      Also – I deeply admire your love and passion for living BIG :)

  23. I am held back by fear and self doubt for sure. i hate change and that makes me less likely to seek adventure and take that leap of faith.
    Alex @ therunwithin recently posted..Trade-em Up Tuesday: A Dose of CrazyMy Profile

  24. I definitely need to break up with being negative about my career/current workplace. The stress of disliking my job is probably contributing to me gaining more weight in the middle region.

  25. I need to break up with the Whole Foods salad bar, and instead start dating my tupperware container . It doesn’t help that my WF has a beautiful cafe and seating area, complete with coffee bar and free wifi, which makes it my go-to study spot. I can easily pack my lunch or dinner, save $10 and still enjoy a coffee! Moderation moderation. :)
    Sara @ Nourish and Flourish recently posted..Marvelous Monday #8!My Profile

  26. This is a beautifully written post and one that had me thinking about my break up story even before the giveaway prompt. I am breaking up with procrastination. Why put off until tomorrow what can be done today is my new mantra.

  27. I need to break up with Happy Hour margaritas!! I work out hard and eat quite clean and then every few weeks there are non stop invites out… :(

  28. You sound sooooo much like me!! Distractions would actually be a good one for me, but I won’t copy. ;) I need to break up with you froyo! I always use healthy toppings, but I think I need to limit myself to one froyo run per week. I’ve been know to visit 3-4 times per week…..that’s just way too much, not only for my waistline, but for my wallet. Would love to win a fitmixer product! I haven’t tried any of them yet, but I’ve been wnating to.
    kim@hungryhealthygirl recently posted..photo bomb & food this or thatMy Profile

  29. This is a such a great post! and I can relate with you on all levels of distractions. Every time I sit down to write a blog post, which is more often in the morning BEFORE work, I am checking a bizillion other things and wasting time. WHY DO I DO THAT! ha. So that is definitely one thing i’d break up with.. the second is my hatred towards drinking water. I’d break up w/ that emotion and turn it into a LOVE of drinking water. somehow, in a reverse psychology way, ha.
    Eva @ committed2nutrition recently posted..Traveling & stayin’ healthyMy Profile

  30. I could easily take a break from Facebook. I’m awful about it. And once I got my iphone? Game over…
    Amy @ Second City Randomness recently posted..Another ReminderMy Profile

  31. Leslie Luu says:

    I need to break up with “healthy” cereal as he is expensive and is causing me too many extra calories =(

  32. I need to break up with my poor body image. No matter what size I am (from my heaviest weight to my lowest anorexic weight) I always nitpick at something in the mirror that needs to change/shrink/be more toned. Totally not necessary and completely unacceptable! My body is my body, and I need to learn to be happy with it.
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted..Boiling Water = Too Much Effort.My Profile

  33. I need to break up with judgements on myself.
    Its such a waste of negative energy and space, and I strive to live each day with positive intentions!
    Lisa recently posted..Are You Eating Enough?My Profile

  34. I agree with Cassie; I need to break up with worrying!!
    Left over pizza the “breakfast of champions”…well kind of, “the breakfast of my hubby and son”!

  35. Fear — and the need for stability and control — are definitely what’s holding me back!
    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake recently posted..The Funny Thing About TimeMy Profile

  36. Ah, leftover pizza. You could definitely do worse, though, I agree! And it’s delicious, so there.

    I think being overscheduled holds me back sometimes…it doesn’t always leave time/energy for some important things!
    Megan (Braise The Roof) recently posted..Potato Zucchini FlatbreadMy Profile

  37. Sugar is holding me back! I have been working on eating less sugar (which makes me crave it less), but it definitely impedes my health goals.
    Alysha @Shesontherun recently posted..Double Digits, Baby! + Giveaway WinnerMy Profile

  38. Oh my gosh, I am so with you! The distractions are crazy with me. I also have to add in the meals, my recipe development work, my car pool for the kids and blogging! I feel like I have no time for anything these days. I really need to learn how to focus and get tasks completely before I start something new!
    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) recently posted..Deadlines and Desserts!My Profile

  39. I need to let go of procrastination – I’m so over leaving stuff until the last second!

  40. I’ve been dying to try the Fitmixer products, too! I need to break up with worrying so much about what other people think of me! Holds me back for sure, and causes too much stress!

  41. aww i loved this! for me it’s definitely fear of not being in control of something in a situation – i’m definitely getting better at this but i kind of fear the unknown! i need to be better at just not caring haha working on it!

  42. What a great letter! I am also easily distracted as well, my mind racing in a million directions and then sucked into mindless TV. I am the type of person that needs complete quiet in order to truly focus on a task – like studying for my ACE personal training certification : ) I could really benefit from focusing on one task at a time too!
    Karen recently posted..Class of 2025My Profile

  43. I love your breakup letter! I need to break up with being a perfectionist! I don’t have to be a certain size, exercise X amounts, or run X miles to be healthy, beautiful, and loved. I need to quit trying to be perfect and stop comparing myself to past fitness levels or other peoples fitness levels and take care of my body!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..Get Fit With Me: YouTube Strength VideosMy Profile

  44. Oh man, I think the biggest thing that holds me back is my ability to come up with an excuse for everything. I always come up with a reason why I don’t need to do certain things, or why it’s ok that I didn’t do them. I need to break up with the excuses.
    Leah @ Why Deprive? recently posted..A Little FunMy Profile

  45. I love this prompt idea and found it really inspiring! I need to break up with my crystal ball illusion. I tend to be very indecisive to begin with, but it goes much further than that. I often place a lot of pressure on myself to make the “right” decisions, which sometimes leaves me feeling crippled. Since I can’t see into the future to know what the “right” decision is, I sometimes end up not doing anything at all. That just doesn’t work for me anymore. I have goals and dreams I want to accomplish! I actually began my break up process with Mr. Crystal Ball Illusion about a year or so ago. As I have been recovering from the breakup and growing stronger each day, I am coming to realize more and more that in many cases there really is no “right” decision. More often than not, there are two or more equally good, equally “right” options. That takes a lot of pressure off and helps me refrain from picking up the phone to text Mr. Crystal Ball Illusion in my moments of weakness.

    Thanks for the inspiration, Paige!
    Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit recently posted..Total Body Workout Routine: Screw “The Rules”My Profile

  46. I definitely need to break up with my negativity and body bashing! Nothing good comes from it so I need to keep reminding myself that :)

  47. Great post! I need to break up with the scale – I started weight training and am loving my body more than ever but have gained a couple pounds which is discouraging- I need to realize that it does not matter what you weigh as long as you are healthy and feel good!

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