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Knowing Limitations (WILSON2153, WOOSEL, HEIDISO)

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I figured the best way to respond to my last blog is to write another blog because I have SO much to say.

It seems like the message of the day is to not take everything on and know your limitations. Besides talking to a faculty member at the college, WILSON2153 and WOOSEL reminded me of this. Thanks girls! And HEIDISO, I did have class with that prof again and I went today and I have it again Friday. It did help a little bit especially with not worrying about missing class. I have actually noticed if I interact with people, it helps.

Anyhow, I tend to put too much on my plate and realize it kinda during/after the fact which is not good, at all! Everything was going fine until the raffle part of the fundraising concert was thrown on me. Even last night, things seemed fine than I listened to a friend and it seemed like it was the straw that broke the camel's back.

Recently I decided to re-appy as a Resident Assistant at the college. I was one last year but at that time I developed my depression and quit. I have my depression under control for the most part but stress does trigger it. I know being an RA you have to do alot of things and can be stressful. So.. I am really thinking about it. I know what I am getting into.. I know some factors have changed since being an Resident Assistant. But, most of all, I probably would not take it as serious. Also, I would volunteer some to get away from the job and exercise would/is my stress reliever!

With that said, how does one know what their limitations are until it is too late? Any ideas?

  
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THECRAZYMANGO 2/6/2010 4:08PM

    After milling this over for awhile, I realized I could be an RA.. meaning I could make it work but do I want to? I was an RA before and I know exactly what I am getting myself into. I suppose with every job there is pros and cons..

Anyhow, I decided I am going to apply and if I don't get it I am either going to volunteer at a hosiptal or at the local YMCA or do the student exchange program or study abroad. These are things I have been wanting to do but I have been holding back with. I really think they could enrich my life, maybe even more than the RA position.

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WOOSEL 2/6/2010 2:36AM

    Knowing your limitations... good food for thought!

For me, I have learned the hard way. I can handle very much and only AFTER all the stress is over my body says "Oh, well now that you are no longer pre-occupied with all that crap, guess what... I am breaking down on you!"

After this happened the 2nd time, I learned to listen to my inner voice WHILE DECIDING on what to take on, or how much to commit myself to something.

When my inner voice say "hmmm, do you really think that's manageable" I step back and take a long-term look at that commitment and at what else I have on my plate.

If the RA replaces one of the jobs and you feel COMFORTABLE with it, it should be ok!

xoxoxo
Woosel

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HEIDISO 2/4/2010 5:02PM

    I think a lot of us take on too much. I'm guilty of it too.

We have to some how find a balance between everything. There is no exact formula you have to find it for yourself. I know it is hard.

That being said. Since you mentioned volunteering maybe I can get you to come to Hayward in May. I volunteer for this great organization Fishing Has No Boundaries. It can be a lot of work but it is tons of fun as well.

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THECRAZYMANGO 2/3/2010 5:37PM

    Yes, it would be in place of the two jobs. I may, through, keep one so I have a constant income. This would also give me a break from the stress of the RA job.

You see maybe I am frustrated because I had everything planned out and it was going great - I wasn't really stressed until this week. It was like this raffle was thrown at me and it was just so unaccounted for that I did not know how to adjust. I hope that makes sense.

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WILSON2153 2/3/2010 5:33PM

    Would the RA job take the place of your current part-time jobs? If so, I say go for it! Plus the room is free, right? That could save a lot of stress, not having to worry about making rent...
As far as knowing my limitations, I think I'm much better at it. I know that if I have 2-3 extra things going on in the evening in one week, that I shouldn't commit to anything else. That's how I control my stress!
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Some people are lucky. Some people are not. *sighs*

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

This week I am majorly stressed out with going to college FT, 2 PT jobs, in charge of raffles for a fundraising concert - it is no wonder I am struggling with my weight loss among other things. Ever notice when you are stressed out and have a hard time juggling life, losing weight is that much harder?

Anyhow, I am writing because I am frustrated that my body in one form or another cannot handle stress... and honestly, I am sick of it!

On Sunday night/Monday, I had a gallbladder attack. I took the day off and tried to relax. It went okay. Than, on Tuesday I didn't go to two of classes and again tried to relax and get things done. I figure the more I get done, the less stressed I will be. I thought everything was fine.. than I woke up this morning. I did not want to go to class.. a class that I enjoy.. the professor is hilarious. I should have knew this was coming since last night I was irritated (a sign).. than this morning I didn't want to do things (another sign).. and now I have this overwhelming want/need to cry/weep (another sign). I really don't want to deal with anyone right now.. *sigh* I am going to be so glad when this week is over and I can focus on school and working again.

Honestly, I did not know how lucky I was when I did not have depression. I never had to worry about how everything affects my moods. If I miss working out, it comes back. I have missed several days. Anyhow, some people are lucky that it seems like any little bit of stress seems to not affect them while my physical body (gall bladder) and mental health (depression) has a fit. *sighs*

  
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MS2SHA 2/16/2010 11:59PM

    I know this is an older blog of yours but I hope the stress has gone down a little. Our bodies can take very little stress unfortunately. When I was at school full time and working full time I nearly killed over. I tried to pretend it wasn't there and ended up getting an ulcer. It's easy to spread ourselves too thin and that can really add up. There's a few articles on here on how to deal with stress (b/c, honestly, it usually isn't avoidable) I love to do some kickboxing when I'm feeling upset or yoga when I need to calm down. Just do what's best for you and celebrate all the small steps you're making. You deserve to be a happy, healthy you!

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HEIDISO 2/3/2010 5:10PM

    emoticon I'm sorry to hear you are having a tough week.

Do you have that class with the hilarious teacher again this week? If you do make sure you don't skip it. I know it won't make everything better but you might start seeing some things in a more positive light.

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WILSON2153 2/3/2010 2:53PM

    Totally agree with Woosel. I gained 50 pounds (or more) when I was going to school FT and working FT. I am also prone to depression when I over-extend myself. Our bodies aren't meant for constant stress. Good luck dealing with everything! I hope you can get out of your funk!
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WOOSEL 2/3/2010 2:46PM

    It certainly seems that you have a very full plate there.

You need to "take inventory" of your life (here meaning your stress factors - job, hobbies, activities) and sort out the things that are just too much.

Easier said than done, I know.

But especially if you are prone to depression, why are you taking on so much when it is obviously too much? Could you possibly change to PT college?
Or step back from some of your volunteer activities for a while?

My husband also has major physical reactions to any stress (colitis ulcerosis) even when he thinks he is not stressed, his body certainly let's him know when enough is enough.

Try to avoid the stress instead of dealing with it.

Hope you are feeling better soon!

xoxoxo
Woosel

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My Sunny Day.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sunshine is contagious.. so I am going to share my sunny day with you! :)

Today, I seem to be having a great day!

* Woke up at 7:30 am before my alarm going off and dozed in and out until 8:30. Ah! :)

* Weighed myself and dropped 2#! Mind you, most of that was water retention from eating alot of sodium items in the past few days.. But, hey, I will take it!

* I looked mighty cute in my new shirt and jeans today! ;)

* I was late for class but went anyhow. Participated like 3x when I usually don't at all.

* Finished my homework under the time I allotted for it.

* Had delicious Chicken Alfredo for lunch! YUM!

* My mom told me I got my Passport in the mail today.. Eeeeek!!

..all this before 1:30 pm!

Plans for the rest of the day..

* Checkbook so I can bring my computer in later this week.

* Go to campus early - maybe work on some homework before class.

* Class @ 2:30 pm

* Work out

* Snack - I am thinking yogurt and string cheese!

* Self-Defense Class

* Home and relax OR or some homework!

  
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MSJULES01 1/27/2010 9:18AM

    What a day that is. But isn't it great when you can see the sun shining off the new fallen snow.

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Need Motivational Ideas to Get Out of Bed...

Monday, January 25, 2010

As promised today I reset my ticker to 216.8.. this means I gained 3# over the weekend. It is time I brush myself off and start working at it again. Honestly, it was really nice to not focus on every calorie and just relax even though I gained 3#.. It is okay..

As for my goal to workout in the morning.. well, it didn't happen. I went to bed early and was all revved up to work out in the morning.. than it seemed like it all floated away when I was in cozy bed..

Since I really want to make this work, I am asking you.. do you have any ideas to help me get motivated out of bed?

  
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CRUZIN2LOSE 1/27/2010 5:50AM

    While the bed may be cozy just think of how great you will feel after finishing your exercise. Do all the typical... lay out clothes, prep breakfast in advance... And plan on some small instant gratification treats for each time you get up and get going. Perhaps time for a latte after class, or a bonus sticker on your chart, or $ 1.00 in a special exercise savings jar to go toward something special. Use some positive self talk too. And be accountable. You inspired me and I worked out today for the first time in 6 weeks. It hurt, it was hard, I was so lethargic... But I did it and felt great after. I plan on making this a priority every day. Even on my "off" days I know I can at least stretch for 10-15 minutes. I felt accountable to someone other than myself and that really helped. So get up, get going and report back! You Can Do It! You need to and will be proud after! Good luck and get going! emoticon

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Motivational Poster Picture!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Today, I really wanted to commit to my goals this week so I re-did my motivational board and I had ALOT of fun doing so! By the way, this is my third time re-doing it since I have started.. Apparently, I re-vamp it every two months!

SPOTLIGHTANGEL asked me to put up a picture so here it is! It is great sharing this with you of you guys! I hope you guys can see it clearly! I took pictures with my cell phone..because my camera broke a few months back!



The words around my poster are things that I want to accomplish such running a 1/2 marathon, being strong or being active.

There are quotes on the sides in the green and yellow areas.

In the pink and blue areas, are my everyday goals such as attending Group X Classes, morning workouts or even drinking 100 oz of water daily. The idea will be to put a sticker on the board every time I accomplish something.. maybe I will put up a picture when it is all done! HOW EXCITING would that be!!!

  
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HEIDISO 1/24/2010 10:05PM

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ANDIEBM71 1/24/2010 9:59PM

    That is really neat...great idea!

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