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Exhaustion leads to re-evaluating some goals

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Yesterday after work I was simply too tired to move or even think. My ankle was swollen to 3-4 times its normal size, my feet were throbbing, my calf muscles were seizing and my knees rebelled at climbing the stairs to go to bed. (I fell up the steps and ended up just crawling the rest or the way.) I changed into PJs, took my vitamins, fed the cats, updated my sparkpeople status and went to bed.....BUT COULDN'T SLEEP. I ended up taking advil PM which usually makes me sleep for about 12 hours. Last night was no exception. My family asked me to join them on the trek to see my niece play baseball in the challengers league but I wasn't even awake enough to get dressed. Even now I feel groggy but I'm determined to get outside and enjoy this beautiful day.

As I lay awake, I felt guilty for not exercising therefore losing my streak of at least 21 days but, I justified it by listening to my body which was clearly communicating that it was shutting me down. My lack of sleep, long hours at work and trying to do too much had caught up with me and my body wasn't having it. My brain however, was racing. I was examining all the things that had gotten me to this state and what I could do to prevent another episode like it. In the last few weeks I have seen what planning for the next day/week can do versus just winging it. While I have some ingrained healthy habits (drinking water), the "bad" ones outweigh them and I need to reset and make some new goals especially where sleep and food are concerned.

Here's what I came up with:

1: I want to get the spark trophy for 1000 fitness minutes in May. I haven't reached that milestone since August of last year when my weight was moving down. That means I need 35 minutes of exercise per day through May 31. I can do that, I like the idea of getting streaks started to see how far I can go. If I can do it in May, maybe June would be easier and a new healthy habit could be formed.

2: On the days I work, I plan to pack a healthy lunch and snacks so I can skip the fast food. I feel better on those days I skip BK so why not do what feels good? It only takes me about 10 minutes to prepare my lunch for the next day so I should just do it instead of watching the commercials on whatever show I'm watching. Perhaps this goal should be labeled "plan your meals" but I'll set that goal after I get packing food under control. (BTW, eating breakfast is already a healthy habit.)

3: I need sleep. I've read the articles and, if I stick with my body's needs, I must get at least 6 hours of sleep per night. I know 7-8 would be better but I really am one of those people who doesn't always have the time. If I work until 10pm or so and have to be in the next day at 9, because of my transportation issues, I'm left with barely 6 hours to sleep provided I go to bed right after getting home and don't shower the next morning. I have never been able to fall right to sleep when I've tried this and not showering is not an option for me. Tracking this goal should be interesting. Guess it'll be lights out at midnight (provided I'm home by then) with a 5am wake up call....make that 5:30, I'm not an early bird.

So I'm off to enjoy this beautiful day. I hear the weeds in the garden mocking me and I need to show them who's boss. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • no profile photo CD6473944
    Planing ahead for lunch and snacks is a great healthy habit!!
    I have to have 7-8 hours of sleep regularly to function well.
    2196 days ago
    I'm not a Streak type of person I have discovered because I always feel so horrible when I fail at the Streak. Therefore I just don't set myself up like that. But I do like to go for consistence which, I guess, is sort of a Streak in my head. So don't forget -


    Your goals for May sound very doable.
    2200 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    Great new goals. Hope you enjoy your day in the garden.
    2201 days ago
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