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Day 54: New Changes

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

emoticon I'm making some much needed changes to my blog format again. My editor just friend requested me on Facebook so we are officially friends now (I always considered him my Terry Crabtree) and he has convinced me to start writing again and I suppose I am committed to sending him material now so I am adding a slot for my writing back into my blog format. I am also adding a slot for "healthy coping" since I have a great tendency to eat emotionally or smoke to cope with my emotions and stress. So I want to start addressing those issues as well.

emoticon Nutrition: The past couple of days have been trash as far as nutrition goes. I have been so extremely active lately that I have been absolutely starving and just been making terrible eating decisions. I know that's no excuse, but it is what it is. I easily could've chosen to eat better, but I didn't. I chose treats instead. So I need to have a conversation with myself about what I really want. I know I've been under a lot of stress lately so sugar has been more appealing than normal under these circumstances. So I opened an industrial sized can of sliced pears last night and froze a few tupperware bowls full of it and put one bowl in the fridge so that I have fruit readily available and easily accessible making it more likely that I will choose fruit over sweets. I also cooked a batch of glazed sweet potatoes & carrots and put it in a tupperware in the fridge so all I have to do is microwave it. Doing things like that makes it much easier to eat healthy. Macros were bad yesterday, especially cholesterol and sodium and I am ready to start really committing to start lowering my sugars, sodium, and cholesterol, but I have to do it one at a time. I was able to raise my fibre, and lower my fat and carbs and raise my protein, but I have to do it one at a time. So I'm going to start with lowering my cholesterol since that's what my doctor wants.

emoticon Fitness: I've been incredibly active lately. I got almost 7K yesterday and did a ton of cleaning. I also did easy chair exercises and I did a 30 minute chair exercise video this morning and did a bit of cleaning already this morning. So I already have 500 steps this morning and it's only 2AM. I'm not posting any of my totals or macros this morning because I just don't have the patience for that today but I'll post totals tomorrow.

emoticon Water: I drank quite a bit of water yesterday and I've already had a cup this morning but I haven't been tracking any of it. That's the one thing I really have trouble with is remembering to track my water. So that's one thing I need to work on.

emoticon Cigars: Cigars have been one of my big coping mechanisms and I need to start working on finding other ways of dealing with my stress and thinking through my problems. I'll address this more in the "healthy coping" section.

emoticon Meditation: I haven't meditated for a few days and that is something I need to get back to doing. It helps with my stress and anxiety and general mood and helps me to think things through and I need to do that again, especially a lovingkindness meditation.

emoticon Sleep: I've been doing well with sleep and really realized the importance of sleep for me, especially of going to bed early.

emoticon Motivation: Right now I am motivated to do ALL the things!! I want to do the nutrition and exercise things, I want to do all the cleaning and organizing things, and I want to do all the writing and work things. So I want to basically have it all and there's nothing wrong with that.

emoticon Non-Scale Victory: My nonscale victory today was that when we were running in place today in our chairs, I was able to do it without getting out of breath, and I could run super fast and very very well! It made me remember when I could run in high heels! So my fitness level is increasing very quickly.

emoticon Writing: I am just getting back to my writing now. I have a story ready that I will be sending to Perry soon and I have one science fiction story that is partially done that I need to finish and one horror story that I have an outline partially completed for that I need to finish. So I am going to start working on those this morning.

emoticon Healthy Coping: I had my aunt buy me some Lysol Spray and some Air Freshener sprays along with my incense so that I can spray some fresh scents in my bedroom which help me to feel a lot calmer. It's one way that I am able to keep myself in a much better state of mind. It's a good start for me. Another way I am working on better coping is to journal and to blog, and to listen to music. Writing stories and poetry and working on my novels again should also be helpful. I'm thinking about doing active exercises where I choose issues to write about and ask myself questions and write little essays dealing with that particular issue.

So that's all for now. More later! emoticon
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