embracing the funk

Friday already?

I know I’ve mentioned briefly that I’ve been dealing with difficult family issues over the past few months. I’m still not ready to delve into the details (and probably never will be) but I will say that it has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through. I’m generally a very a positive person and I strive to keep smiling no matter what life throws my way. But every once in a while I get stuck in a ‘funk’ and I have a hard time maintaining my smile. That’s exactly what happened this week…

I spent Wednesday and Thursday with my nose buried in my book, journaling, playing with Lionel, and seeing my friends…and, you know what? I feel so much better. Sometimes we have to let ourselves feel upset for a while before we’re able to turn around and find the positivity again. It’s a balance.


Obviously this put exercise on the back-burner and reminded me why I don’t follow a strict workout regime. I know that works for many people but it’s just not for me. I never want exercise to feel like a chore or an obligation so I’d rather just do what I feel like, when I feel like it. This week? I worked out a whopping 2 times. On Monday I created a total-body workout that left me sore for days (see below!) and on Wednesday I went on a jog/hike because I desperately needed to spend some time in the sun.

I’ve seen various 1,000 Rep Challenges floating around and have been intrigued with the idea of creating one. I know 1,000 reps sounds incredibly daunting but the way I’ve broken it up makes the workout bearable. 10 exercises, 20 reps each, 5 rounds! It kicked my booty but it was over in less than 45 minutes and I guarantee you’ll feel like a badass when you can say you completed 1,000 reps!


Rest as much as you need to between sets. Also, it’s crucial that you give your muscles adequate time to re-build after strength training sessions and that’s particularly important when you’re working your entire body. So, I suggest trying this routine when you know you’ll have a day or two to recover.

Like with diets, there is no one exercise plan that works for everyone. Some people need a strict schedule to stick to while others are better off making up their routines on a daily basis. I definitely fall into the latter group but that doesn’t make it “right”. It’s all about finding what brings you bliss.

Here’s to a weekend filled with smiles…


  1. Taylor said:

    I like what you said “Sometimes we have to let ourselves feel upset for a while before we’re able to turn around and find the positivity again.” It is so true and I can relate to that. Feel free to email me if you want to chat! Have a great weekend!

    • Emily said:

      Thank you so much!
      Have a beautiful weekend. ❤

  2. I love your views on exercise! I also never want it to feel like a chore so I do what I want when I feel like it! Of course, I love to push myself, which is kind of lucky because I know a lot of people struggle with trying to find motivation. For me though, exercise has become such a part of my life that it’s almost as natural as getting dressed before school! But like today for example, I was supposed to box after school but because I was so hungry and kind of tired I came home instead and I might do a bit of yoga soon

    • Emily said:

      I’m the exact same way! I was raised in a family that loved exercise (my dad owns a personal training studio!) so it has always been part of my life. But, I definitely don’t want to overdo it or get to the point where it isn’t fun anymore.
      Yoga sounds AMAZING actually- I might do some this evening as well!

  3. What you said about sometimes needing to just ride out a funk is so, so true. I do my best to stay positive no matter what, but there are some days where no matter how hard I try to look at the bright side, there’s just no turning my foul mood around. Thankfully, a good sleep usually fixes that, but I really do believe that sometimes we really need to just ride it out. Definitely wishing you a weekend full of smiles, hun ❤

    • Emily said:

      Sleep makes SUCH a huge difference for me too. It’s amazing how much it can help. (:

      Sending lots of smiles your way too!

  4. Ellie said:

    I’ll pray for your family issues. God knows I’ve had my fair share of them! The hike you went on probably helped lighten your mood too, sunshine does wonders for the body and mind! 🙂

    • Emily said:

      Thank you so much.
      Yeah, the hike definitely helped! And I went with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while so it was really nice to catch up. (:

  5. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! said:

    I am so sorry you’re still going through family problems. If you ever need to vent or just get something off you’re chest, feel free to contact me. I’ve been through my fair share of family stuff as well.

    As for that workout, it looks awesome! Already pinned it and can’t wait to try it out!

    • Emily said:

      Thank you so much, Kaila. I really appreciate it. (:
      And yay! Let me know when you try it! I think you’ll like it a lot.

  6. Lisa said:

    Looks like a great workout!
    I’m sorry you’ve been having a tough time recently. Thinking of you throughout this time! I’ve certainly had my problems with family stuff. Yah, not fun at all. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you just want to chat. Happy Friday love!

    • Emily said:

      Thank you sooo much, Lisa. Dealing with family issues is never fun but I know we’ll get through it eventually.
      Sending lots of love your way!

  7. Baby ❤ I just want to hug you! I wish I was one of those friends you got to spend some time with 😀 I definitely would have cheered you up I think???? 😉 ❤

    Love you girl and praying for you

    • Emily said:

      Aww…you DEFINITELY would have!
      Thank you. ❤

  8. P said:

    I don’t like exercising when it feels like a chore either. This week I didn’t reach my “goal” mileage, but yesterday I felt mentally exhausted to go out and run, so I decided not to. Rest is beautiful :)!

    • Emily said:

      It really is! I’ve found that my workouts are always better after I’ve had a few extra days of rest anyways. (:

  9. I love your approach to exercise, and it’s something I want to try out for myself. I’ve gotten better about it, but I still feel guilty if I don’t get in some exercise every day, and I’d rather go with how I’m feeling rather than push myself to workout when I’m exhausted or too busy.

    Getting out in the sunshine always makes me feel a lot better, so I’m glad you got to do that! I’m hoping to spend as much time outside as possible this summer and hopefully do more outdoor workouts as they’re a lot more fun for me.

    • Emily said:

      It’s definitely not easy at first.
      I’ve gone through phases where I felt like I HAD to work out every day too and breaking out of that is tough. But, just remember how fragile and important your body is. You only get ONE and it would be horrible to overwork it now and be dealing with injuries and pain for the rest of your life. I just try to focus on honoring my body as much as possible and giving it whatever it needs. (:
      I know you’ve made a ton of progress already though which is amaaazing! So proud of you.

  10. Yes, I love this! So many blogs are filled with this “fitspiration” stuff which is honestly UNinspiring! I want to enjoy the beauty of exercise not force my body to do something when it CLEARLY is telling me no! I will never be able to follow a workout plan either, it is just not my jam. I’m so glad you posted about this Emily!

    • Emily said:

      Exactly! Thanks, Theresa! I’m really glad you enjoyed it. (:

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