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Stress busting challenge, a delayed week 2

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

My progress with the stress busting challenge had to go a bit slower the past week as I've been out with strep throat. I thought it was just a sore throat since I had been having a sore throat one and off for the two week before hand. But then I stayed up really late at a friends house, where the whole family had just recovered from strep themselves, and I'm guessing I picked it up. My husband's system seemed to fight it off valiantly, but I woke up three days later after that late night with throat tissue so red and swollen it looked like a giant piece of raw steak was lodged back there or something. My energy overall was fine till I started on the antibiotics and the I guess the recovery process required loads of my energy and I felt wiped. And I just wasn't thinking clearly either.

Yesterday I was finally feeling kinda myself and for some reason the whole incident seemed to throw me off- I was feeling the pull of depression, discouragement, anxiety, etc. I think having the body invaded, unpredictable, was kinda triggering. Feels silly in some ways, even though it makes sense.

Yesterday I almost went into binge mode- I did not follow my meal plan, but it wasn't an utter relapse, so I'm not going to count it :) (I mean, I'm 43 days strong!) I won't count it because 1) I didn't over eat too much 2) I caught myself 3) I feel no guilt today! which means the cycle is broken.

The incident did remind me the need to be regular in practicing stress-reduction techniques so that I naturally use them at ever-higher levels of stress. I hadn't been sick for a while, and I wasn't prepared for it to be such a downer :)-

So for the second week of the stress busting challenge (on my schedule, who says you only need to take a month? Some challenges are harder than others, and may take more time... while at the same time I wouldn't want tot get caught in a mindset of having to do it perfectly, that would defeat the purpose, woudln't it?) these are the goals I have:

1. Use the box system each day for tracking my exchange meal plan (helps clear my brain and stops me from being overly critical of how much I am eating)
2. Do a mood log each day (for real)
3. Continue to take baths as needed to decompress, read a short story
4. Finally order the relaxation tape my counselor recommended (i'm not much into these sorts of things, but she had me try it a couple times in session and it really does work. and only takes 15 minutes. i think i can find fifteen minutes to wind down if I'm getting anxious)
5. follow my wo schedule

Ok! Onward!
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    oh no!! sorry you got so sick!!!! emoticon

    hope the relaxation tape works for you! and hope you back at 100% soon!!! emoticon
    2514 days ago
    I hope you feel better. But you recognize your triggers! Good for you! One day at a time and you will do great!
    2514 days ago
    I hope you are feeling better soon. Just keep going forward and no guilt for taking that extra week. You are on the right track, life just throws us road blocks on occasion. emoticon
    2516 days ago
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