Alright, so technically I didn't nap this weekend away, but I did watch two movies and four hour-long episodes of Little Dorrit on netflix!
Friday I felt awful, like I was fighting a bug. Hot, cold, hot, cold, dizzy, bleh. Awful. I get tension headaches sometimes, and I could feel my neck getting tighter and tighter. I cancelled our fancy dinner out, because what's the point if I'm feeling like garbage? Saturday was much of the same. I'd wanted to go for a hike; Max and I managed to drag ourselves out and did an hour's walk through Pacific Spirit Park. The smell alone in there made me feel instantly better: cool fresh air, damp pine needles and bark mulch, with the sun peeking through the trees, occasionally lighting up berries just starting to turn salmon-pink. Ahh, springtime!
I watched some more TV, had a quiet evening until Max and his best friend came back from their dinner out. The friend showed us all his photos from a trip to Cambodia a year ago - makes me very excited for our SE Asia honeymoon this winter!
This morning was much of the same, lots of quiet time. A re-gathering of strength, perhaps. I was going to do some weights today, but am postponing to tomorrow, to let my neck have an extra day to relax. It's not as angry today as it was yesterday, but I don't want to push my luck. Plus, I'm supposed to be going for a run with my best running buddy (whom I haven't seen in eons) as soon as she extricates herself from the wedding shower she's at. She said hopefully by 5pm. It's 4:40. I'm in my gear, ready to go. Fingers crossed.
I spent most of this afternoon on the computer. I entered my draft workout calendar into my Google calendar:
I know you can't read it. I did my best - that's it copied into Excel to print clearer.
I did some blog-reading. I researched custom wedding bands and mini-moon locations. I looked for ideas for wedding stationery. I revisited some blogs I'd lost touch with, including "Can You Stay For Dinner" (which I never read more than the background/intro/about pages, but it sure looks like she's doing well for herself!) It was... well, not particularly productive, but an enjoyable afternoon. Now I've got that antsy feeling when I've been sitting for far too long... definitely ready for a run! Hurry up, Lou!
This weekend has reminded me that I need to give myself time to rest. Sometimes an extra workout doesn't do you any good. Sometimes you have to spend part of the weekend finishing off homework assignments, just to dig yourself out of a hole and get your head above water, but after that... sometimes you need to spend quality time with the couch.
And then get right back at it.
I'm also working on a list of items I want to focus on. I know exactly what to do to lose fat and optimize health... I just need to actually do those things! The first - and how fitting - is the topic of stress. Been there, done that. Would like to say I'm not still hangin' out there, buuuut... we all live with some level of stress in our lives. My goal is to reduce mine.
Who's got ideas about stress? What do you do to keep yours under wraps? What do you WISH you did, or are supposed to do? Any tips? Ideas?
The sun's coming out. Hurry up Lou!