Eu-stress is good stress. Sometimes eu (or good) stress is just as hard on a person as bad stress. The problem is the body doesn't seem to know the difference. An example of eu-stress is the sudden feeling of elation when someone has something good happen like winning the lottery (sounds good, but if you are not in shape it could be unhealthy). The heart speeds up and all of a sudden a person is overwhelmed with decisions.
Lately I don't seem to have a lot of eu-stress but the other kind. It all takes it's toll, but if we had stress-free lives I think most of us would be bored with our lives.
I think stress (no matter what kind) is just part of the human condition.
If we tell ourselves something is bad (for instance, I hate my job, isn't it terrible how people treat me, my life is so unsatisfying, etc) we can stress ourselves out and feel really bad. I think a lot of feeling happy is how we look at things and what we tell ourselves about them.
"Always look on the bright side of life."
I am so happy to be able to swim. That is my favorite exercise. Tuesdays and Thursday eves at 6:00 to 7:00 there is a water aerobics class and I will be there with bells on today. Will have to take it easy on the hand, however, cause I am not allowed to lift or do strengthening exercises for at least 2 more weeks. Will be off work a minimum of 2 more weeks (3 weeks at that point). It will be hard to go back to work after my mini-vacation.
I need to weigh myself every day to be sure I am not getting retention from too much sodium. (Watching sodium is rather tedious but thanks to SparkPeople if I track my food it is listed in my detailed accounting....Even though it was a bit high yesterday I am holding at same weight for 2 days. Good news. My weight chart is a total zigzag due to water retention.
I was planning to go to the gym yesterday but after seeing the dentist (fitting for bridge in top front) I was feeling pretty tired and numb (my mouth was crooked) I decided to go home and rest instead. I went to bed early and up and at em this a.m. at 5:00 a.m. I have had my breakfast which I am tracking as soon as I finish this blog and then I am going to the gym. My goal is 20 minutes on the recumbent bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill at 2.5 miles per hour. After that I plan to go whirlpool and do some leg/knee exercises in the whirlpool (no matter how silly that looks to the ladies who sometimes don't wear swim suits in there...??? which is against the rules). Then I plan to finish off with the steam room with eucalyptus and a nice warm shower. I have been promising myself to do this every day since my hand surgery but it is 8 days now and I should be rested up enough. Have to wear a plastic bag on my hand in the whirlpool. The stitches come out tomorrow and then I should be able to go swimming but have to check with surgeon about that. Hope so....
It has to be water weight. I dare not weigh myself after I hydrate today. Must weigh naked and thirsty.
Two days ago I blogged about forgetting to track close to 2000 calories...
Today I am going to try to hold onto that weight loss and track my food AND exercise.
I promise to carry around a notebook and pen to keep track of everything I eat, including that wonderful tangerine I just had....excuse me, I must track my food (perhaps track my exercise in that notebook, too?).