Friday, March 15, 2013
I woke up this a.m. feeling icky with a sore throat that has lasted several days--on the heels of a nasty cold. This sore throat hasn't morphed into a cold as I was expecting, though; it just stays sore, & I'm not coughing or sneezing or sniffling much at all. So I'm thinking it might be strep or bronchitis or something.
I got up & called my doctor's medical group for a same-day appointment--but the soonest my doctor can see me is NEXT WEDNESDAY, & not a single other doctor in the whole Advocate system in the Chicago area (several different medical centers) is available either! And there is ONE urgent care center open. It's on the far, far south side of the city, surrounded by pretty rough neighborhoods. I live in Chicago's northernmost neighborhood.
At first I was going to make the trek down there, but as I got dressed my throat started feeling a little better, & I realized that making that long drive only to wait & wait while wondering whether my car was safe in the parking lot would just add stress to my day. So I decided to stay home (I had already e-mailed my boss to say I needed a sick day) & just drink mint tea with honey & lemon juice, do lots of elbow stretches (recovery from an injury), & watch a movie or two.
The mint is from my back-porch plantings from a couple of years ago. The mug was a farewell gift from some good friends in California when I moved to Illinois back in 1990. The teapot was a gift from a couple in my former church who did a LOT to care for me in the early years of impoverished single parenting. The tray was a gift from another dear friend. The napkin is Colombian, inherited from my parents--that's a chibcha design, from the culture of a group of native people in the central highlands. And I recently bought the tea cozy from an Etsy crafter--isn't it adorable?
Surrounded by such signs of love, I feel better already.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Final day of Habit Blogging, & I declare the week a great success! Even though I won't be blogging about it daily from now on, making my 10:30-11 bedtime on weeknights (Sunday through Thursday) has become a higher priority for me & I intend to stick with it. It's become something I do faithfully to be my best & healthiest self. Thanks, friends, for your cheers & encouraging comments. You strengthen me!
I'm posting on Amtrak--taking a weekend trip to St. Louis to celebrate Bea's 2nd birthday! Tomorrow I hope to get a guest pass at the gym near her home, to put in a good hour of exercise during her afternoon nap. As for eating, there may be some birthday cake, but other than that I expect to eat only nutritious things. My son & DIL don't keep sweet treats around the house very much these days, which makes it easier.
My weigh-in this week was disappointing--a pound up. It's not surprising, though, as (analyzing it now) I was eating for maintenance rather than for weight loss. I do know the difference, even when I don't track! Now I'm going to shift my focus to tracking as much as possible, getting in the exercise, & shedding those love handles!
(Oops, I forgot to report on bedtime last night! It ended up taking me quite a while to do all my SP stuff & then work through the loan papers & then pack. I didn't get to bed till about 11:40. Since I wasn't going to exercise this morning, I could sleep a little late & thus it didn't cause me to lose needed sleep, so in that sense I was fine.)
Thursday, March 07, 2013
That's today's question. I think I answered it yesterday in regard to motivation: Right now the daily blogging & feedback are helping to maintain my motivation, but long term I want to internalize my motivation so that a good bedtime becomes just a normal part of self-care for me. The word "faithful," which struck a chord for me & for a couple of friends, will help me with that. (I like it about 100 times better than "dutiful," though duty has its place.)
As for advice, it's always welcome, but right now there's no specific issue I'm craving advice on.
Last night I didn't do quite so well: I got home close to 10 (after seeing a really great Spanish comedy & then enjoying conversation over a light supper with a Colombian friend) & realized that I needed to catch up on leaving feedback as well as track on the team thread. It all took enough time that my bedtime ended up being 11:10. Still, that's SO much better than between 11:30 & midnight as it often had been in recent weeks. This morning I was able to get up & get in some good cardio for a little over half an hour, yay!
Tonight I have two pleasant tasks (besides blogging here & commenting on one or two more friends' blogs): signing all the papers for my condo refinancing & packing for my weekend trip to St. Louis! If the appraisal comes in as it should, I'll be getting a 15-year mortgage with an effective interest rate of 3.015%. (I've never been sure why there are two different rates--the other one is 2.875%, I think.) I'm super-happy about that. And March 11 will be my Bea's second birthday, so my trip is to celebrate! SUPER happiness there too!
And I think I can still make it to bed before 11!
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Last night I made it to bed about 5 minutes after 11--which was VERY virtuous of me considering that today is my work-from-home day, so I didn't need to be up as early this morning. And indeed this morning I let myself go back to sleep after waking naturally at 6:50. Got up a little after 8, did the Total Body Challenge routine (41 mins. total), & feel really really great now as I sit on my futon in the bay window, snow everywhere outside, a mug of tea at my side.
Today's question is, how can you improve? I think the main thing for improvement over the long term is to internalize the need for a reasonable bedtime as a way of loving myself. After this week I won't be posting daily reports on my bedtime behavior--that would be really tedious, no one would want to read it! But I don't post daily reports about flossing & brushing my teeth, yet I still do those every night. So my improvement goal is to add the 10:30-11 bedtime to my internal set of things I do faithfully in order to be my best, most faithful & most healthy self. I will practice thinking about it in that way this week.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Today's blog prompt is simply "How are you doing day to day?"
It varies. First I'll respond at the level of working on the bedtime habit. I succeeded last night in getting into bed right at 11:00. This did not lead to morning exercise success, unfortunately--I woke up more than an hour EARLY but then work issues required me to hurry off to the office. At least I took public transport because of an impending snowstorm, so I got in some good brisk walking to & from the train & bus. And I'm definitely making progress with my bedtime, which is really great.
On a deeper, more existential level, how am I? Wobblier than usual. Lots to sort out. I won't go into it here, but I'm doing lots of thinking & praying about my inner health & my relationship to God & my whole orientation to life. I think in the long run I'll be fine, but healing & learning are still in process.
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