Friday, February 01, 2013
The biggest decision I’ve made in a very long time is to reduce my working hours. As of this month, I’m working 4 days per week instead of 5. This is to address both the fatigue issue (I’m hoping!) and the lack of balance in my life. With all my energy going to work (I fall asleep on the way to work and on the way home), I have had very little energy for the rest of my life: exercise, family, maintaining our home, leisure… So I have big hopes that this will help with all of that. I’m lucky that my boss is very understanding of the fact that I’m still discovering and coming to terms with my limitations. I’m not sure how much of this is still cancer recovery, and how much of it is actually what I can expect from now on. What I do know is that it is what it is, for today. So that’s what I’m working with.
My oncologist this week approved cardio for me, so I can add that to my strength training now. My trainer has even suggested that I could do some aqua fitness instead of one of my sessions with her, until my energy builds up. Yet another person in my life that came at the right time and is wonderfully supportive. I will continue doing my weight training with her. Although we plan on three times per week, I haven’t been able to reach that in quite some time so that’s one of my goals for February. I’ll add biking at home on the stationary (likely in the morning) for the cardio, and aqua fitness on the week-end when I have the energy.
I’ve stumbled upon a book by Julia Cameron called “The Writing Diet”, and that is essentially what I’m going to use to help me in sorting out my thoughts about food, exercise and all sorts of wonderful things. She has seven “tools”, the first of which is the “Morning Pages”, essentially a stream of consciousness journal to write first thing in the morning. Other tools include walking, culinary artist dates, etc. Then she goes on to address specific issues (e.g. “the refrigerator”, “scaling the scale”), and it’s all written in an easy-to-read fun style that appeals to me. Of course, it being based on writing was my first attraction and I’m only starting. I look forward to seeing what comes from this.
To curb the “I have to do everything, and I have to do it now” personality in me, I am foregoing any other “personal development” books, programs and the like until I finish “The Writing Diet” unless they are part of “The Writing Diet”. I’m giving myself six months – so to end of July – to really apply this and see what becomes of it. It really feels like I’ve found a good fit for me, though, and I am very encouraged.
Finally, I want to add one new activity per month. This month, of course, is re-introducing cardio. Other things for later on include sock poi (simple – a ball in a sock that you swing around; looks like lots of fun and will work my arms, which are still mush LOL!); hula hoop; yoga… who knows? There is so much out there to try, it’s hard to imagine I won’t find many, many things I like to do.
I’d love to read about your favorite activities, those things you do that get you jazzed about adding activity to your lives!