I have noticed that when these funks of mine occur, the seem to be getting just a little bit longer each time. I'm not sure what's up with that; I did make an appointment with my doc to look into some of the various reasons.
So, what's been getting out of hand? Sugar intake has been increasing, albeit briefly. It's interesting that one is too many and a gazillion is not enough. It takes crazy restraint to stay out of candy the past day or so. I've started back drinking sodas. Funny, explains the headaches by the end of the day. For the past month, I haven't done much in the way of my morning workouts. Just can't seem to drag my butt out of bed and onto the treadmill. Of course, if I got to sleep at a reasonable hour for when I get up, that might not be a problem.
Fortunately, it's all about to change.
I just finished reading a book called "Born to Run: a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the greatest race the world has ever seen" By Christopher McDougall. Wow. Just for giggles the other morning, I got on the treadmill and decided to see how far I could run without stopping; I shortened my stride and tried to land more on the ball of my foot instead of my heel. I set it on a comfortable pace and started out. 1.5 miles, non-stop. I haven't run that far non-stop since high school! I wonder if I could've made it to 2, but I had to stop so I could get ready to head in to work. Couple days later, I did a mile. It definitely felt better than when I'd been trying during the summer. The only reason I ended up reading this and even trying to see how I did with any kind of short distance is a friend asked if I wanted to run a 1/2 marathon in March. At first I thought she was bat-poopy crazy. But then I started thinking, why not? When I run with a purpose (or running through the yard barefoot, or down the hall) it feels really good; when I go to try to job, blechhhhh!!!!! As I was reading through that book, I started thinking about it more, being more mindful of what my feel, legs, posture, etc. were doing and it started making sense. So, I'm gonna sign up for it. It's right around St. Patrick's day so it'll be a great replacement for the St Patrick's Day Dash that I'd done a few years in Seattle. I've found a reasonable training plan on the internet, and have plenty of time to get ready and used to running if I don't end up with a lead (Pb)-butt.
For a short while, I was able to plan meals for the week, do some batch cooking, and not eat out so much. I was also losing the weight with the more regular exercise. Now, I've gotten lazy, haven't been tracking and have gotten into the sugar and sodas again. I am reminded of how I don't like how it makes me feel. That and it costs too much to eat out. So, time to get back on track. Since i'm working most of the holidays, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. I am going to call and make an appointment with a nutritionist and make sure I'm going to be eating right things if I'm going to be running a LOT more. I'm going to start tracking again on a regular basis; either on SP, or in my food journal that I carried around with me for a while and then enter it in to SP when I get home. I really would like to be able to reach my goal weight by the end of the year. It's doable!
The one other area that really needs some overhauling is my sleep/wake schedule (go figure). Since I get up at 5, I should be in bed by 10 at the very latest. (Oooops...blew that tonight). To help with keeping things organized, I really do need to get into a bedtime routine as well as a morning routine (one that doesn't involve playing sudoku/scrabble for an hour while I work on that first cup of coffee). That'll help me keep up with dishes, mail, the piles on the table, the cat box, laundry, etc.
I can do this!!! And I'm feeling a lot better about my ability to do it and stick to it....especially if I can keep these funky moods under control or at bay.
No more sugar, sweets, sodas
Mindful eating, mostly vegetarian, some fish and meat depending on where it comes from.
Lots of walking and running
More meditation, quiet time
Utilizing an awesome support network!
So, for now, I'm gonna hit the hay.
Many thanks for all y'all do!!!!