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Saturday, March 24, 2012

So, this was week 1 of my more relaxed, do what feels good for my body approach.

I focused on eating natural, home-cooked foods. I switched my calendar food stickers to a sticker for staying within my calories to a sticker for eating only (or mostly) home-prepared, natural foods. I still get an exercise sticker for working out, but I decided to make the sticker for any substantial physical activity, not just an organized workout situation, so I counted long walks with the dog, etc, to encourage myself to get up off the couch and go outside.

On the one hand, the one real workout I tried this week, on Wednesday, I felt really strong and solid in my body, and really in control. I've been much less depressed this week and less overall exhausted.

I haven't lost any weight on the scale, but my body feels less bloated.

On the other hand, my workout on Wednesday lasted about 10 minutes because I had a horrible stomach ache, and by the time I went to sleep Wednesday night I was fighting off a sore throat. I don't even know if I really have a cold, but all day Thursday I felt like crap (achey, feverish, weak, sore/swollen throat). I felt a little better Friday, and a little better but still not 100% today. I'm a little nervous because I have my second session with the rock climbing trainer in 2 hours, and I'm hoping I can hold up to it.

I'm sure I can't blame my sickness on eating fresher food, but it's annoying. My stomach has also been super duper sensitive for the last couple of weeks - about around the time I started switching from sugar to splenda - so I'm going to try cutting out the splenda and artificial sweeteners and see if it helps. Doesn't help me cut the sugar though.

In other news, we finally booked our April vacation. We're taking our first beach-free vacation together and going to a national park for hiking, rock climbing, and outdoorsy goodness. I'm excited, but also really nervous. My family used to take national park vacations all the time when I was a kid, but it's been years (decades, even), and I'm hoping my body can hold up to all that physical activity. Not to mention my anxiety and fear when it comes to things like ziplining and climbing real, natural cliffs...

Either way, we're bringing the dog, we've rented a cabin, and we have a nice, long (12+ hours each way) drive to contend with. I'm trying to decide if I have the guts to sign up for ziplining (2-3 hours of hanging from a cable high up in the air above the gorges... sounds both exciting and extremely terrifying/dangerous)... it's expensive at $90 per person, but it also sounds like an experience you'd never forget.

I hope I can be in good enough shape and have the endurance and courage to make the most out of this trip!
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