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A lovely, busy day...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Busy day today. Took the dog for a long walk this morning before my company came over. Got a bunch of cleaning done. My dad picked the dog up for dogsitting duty around 1pm. Then I went and got blood work done, before taking a long walk without the dog. At 3:30pm my eldest niece, Tigan, picked me up for a medical appointment. Then we went to 6 stores Christmas shopping. After we finished all our shopping we carried all the packages up to my apartment, then walked up to a new restaurant I wanted to try. Dinner was great. I got the gnocchi with marinara sauce and italian sausage, with a salad starter. Usually when I eat out I feel obliged to finish my meal since I am paying so much for it, but tonight I paid attention to how full I was feeling and stopped when I reached that point despite still having food left on my plate. I guess that counts as a NSV. Then after dinner I took the dog for a walk, before finally heading home for the night.

Tomorrow looks like it might be another busy day, with my middle niece and her friends walking with me in the morning, the gym with Tigan in the afternoon, and all my normal dog walking on top of that. I am a little nervous about going to the gym, as that was raising my anxiety level to go the gym. But I like going to the gym, so I want to try going again. Hopefully going with my niece will distract me enough that my anxiety stays pretty level. My doctor told me that "the best treatment for anxiety is anxiety itself." I didn't get it at first. He said it is like lifting weights... the heavier the weight the stronger you get. So, feeling anxiety means I have to learn to cope with anxiety. My "anxiety muscles" will get stronger the longer I successfully cope with the anxiety. I am not certain I buy that theory, but what the heck... I am coping, it is just uncomfortable not debilitating most of the time.

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KIMPY225 12/18/2012 12:09PM

    Super busy!!!
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LIVINGFREE19 12/18/2012 11:02AM

    If I was your size, I would feel less anxiety at the gym.
If you think you can do that, with facing your anxiety head on, go for it!
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OMMAMA7 12/18/2012 9:38AM

    Wow - way to go! Eating out is always so hard, that's a big deal! :) Good luck!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/18/2012 9:25AM

    First - CONGRATS on another very successful day. You are awesome!

Second - as long as the anxiety doesn't turn into an all out attack, my doc says the same thing. I've found it to be mostly true. The more I do, the more in control of the anxiety I feel. I wish you luck.

Finally - have fun at the gym.

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FORMYDARLINGS 12/18/2012 7:22AM


Interesting thoughts on handling anxiety. I also suffer from anxiety attacks, especially when I am leaving the house. Your Dr's advice sounds rational and I am going to give it a try by facing my anxiety sometimes and try to get used to handling anxiety. Thanks for a great tip. Merry Christmas to you,


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PURESTILLWATER 12/17/2012 11:52PM

    You will do great as always.

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KARIDIAN1 12/17/2012 10:25PM

    You are doing so good, the gym should be something to look forward too and not be anxious about. Hang in there, the first step is the hardest.

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KSNANA2 12/17/2012 9:53PM

    You are doing so great now! And I am sure you will be fine at the gym once you get there. I hope it is a friendly one. The YMCA I belong to is so down to earth and great! People there are not dressed in the latest high priced fad, but they are clean and decent looking. Good luck!

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