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Fighting for my groove

Monday, January 30, 2012

The Plan for January was:
Another year. Focus on getting back on track. Back to basics and still allow myself time to grieve
Food: track it if you eat it!
Fitness: track it. Two-day rule. ST, cardio and random acts of fitness
Rest. Sleep enough. Meditate. Yoga. Gratitude.
Blog or visit friends SP pages 1x week or more.

The Result:
Food: Tracked every day! Some guesstimates, but good effort!
Fitness: I'm getting back into the good habits. Can increase intensity next month, but follow my two-day rule again.
Need more sleep and rest. Got into a bad "habit": wake up at night and I struggle with my thoughts around 4am. Work related, grief, or a mix?
Could be more present here on SP.
Blog more to deal with thoughts?

I don't see any change weight-wise, so I need to step it up next month! It feels good to move!

The February Plan:
Food: Keep tracking daily. Stay in range. Drink 1-2 l water. Eat 5 freggies.
Fitness: Keep tracking. Two-day rule.
Cardio: Intervals 1x/week, walk/run 2x/week.
Strength: Gym program 2x/week, plank and squats 2x/week. Random acts of fitness. Stairs.
Wellness: Sleep before midnight. Meditate. Think about something positive daily. Gratitude. Daily post on SP (blog, team message or friends page)

Thank to all my friends for being here for me!
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    Many hugs... And I second, third and fourth what _Ramona said (and the link she gave is awesome!) - you've been through a huge emotional and physical stress with this loss and that rips through your innards like nothing! The waking up early and the racing thoughts - totally related to that stress.

    It's not YOUR habit, it's your body's response. Honestly I'd skip the 'fitness' stuff and focus on the yoga and sleep till your body has healed from this... that may be sooner than your heart healing, but will help ease that pain as well by taking the 'guilt' of not 'sticking with your plan'.

    1713 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2012 12:47:04 PM
    This is such a good plan and you are amazing. Smart to acknowledge the grief and the need to be conscious around it. And it will only help you feel better if you are able to exercise and eat and sleep. Even if only a little. You are a model of good sense and strength. So glad to have met you here.
    1730 days ago
    Marit it's a start and the year just began. No worries :) You got this!
    1730 days ago
    Every bit helps, and every bit works.
    1730 days ago
    Good to see you, Marit. Sounds like you've gotten off to a good start to 2012, and have a good plan for Feb.

    The sleep thing is soooo tricky. I am awake most nights at about 4am, often for no good reason at all. I'm trying something which seems to be working. If I wake up, and can't go right back to sleep, I get up. I come downstairs and either read or watch something on TV. I find that it stops my brain from dwelling on whatever is keeping me up. Often I am only up for 20 or 30 minutes...then I go back to sleep. I hope that helps.
    1731 days ago
    It's so good to see you here...taking baby steps...working out your plan in your own way.
    1731 days ago
    Great job !!!!
    Way to go on reaching your goals !!!
    1731 days ago
    Merit, you are SO awesome! You've accomplished so much! I hope you're being gentle with yourself in all of this... the work of grieving is not to be taken lightly.

    I doubt it helps, and because of our time difference it's not really the 'same time' but I am often up and out of sorts a that hour, too. Now, my issues are age-related and hormonally driven, but I wonder if yours might be the result of grief physically manifested. Grief can wreck havoc with your bodies natural rhythms by over-taxing your adrenal glands with cortisol. Check these out and see what you think (I'm NOT recommending any products... haven't tried them... just the information):


    I've got you in my prayers, and when I'm up at ungodly hours, I'll be praying for you in a special way, dear friend: May your every day be all you need it to be. May an all abiding peace fill your thoughts, rule in your dreams each night, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself in ways you have never before experienced. May your joys be fulfilled, your dreams be closer, and your cares be lifted. I pray that faith enters a new height in you, that your territory be enlarged, and that fulfillment is just one step closer.

    MAY GOD ABUNDANTLY BLESS YOU, and those you love, in every way that you require. May he hold you gently in the palm of his hand in a very personal way, and may you rest in the fullness of his love, his grace, his strength, his wisdom, his rescue, his redemption, his healing, his inspiration, his restoration and his mercy as you require it! May you carry in your heart always an extra special awareness of God's great love for you, may you feel his sweet and gentle touch upon your life, and may you see his miracles all around you. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen!

    {{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}}
    1731 days ago
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