Lost 300g. (back to the weight I seem to be stuck at), alcohol units 12 (surprising it is not more considering the week I've had), calorie range days 2, gratitude 3 (spending time with my Mam, others showing concern for my wellbeing, recognition of being a good demonstrator ).
I had a full week this week, and it was made that much bigger on Wednesday. During the laboratory session in which I was demonstrating (and being peer reviewed), I was involved in what the department is now referring to 'the incident'. I'm going to call it for what it was, a crisis of mental health.
I became involved when one of the students left the laboratory in a hurry, still wearing their lab coat. I chased after him, and found that he was upset, if not very distressed. After talking to him for a while, I felt that I could not let him leave in his current state. After much discussion about many different topics, I re-iterated that it would be best that he skip his next lecture and make his way to student services. Bearing in mind that I had ran out of a class of 20 other students and could not accompany him. He agreed to make his way there - a 10 minute walk across campus, to seek a counsellor that he could talk to all he wanted, because I had to get back to my class.
I still went to my Pilates class after the lab finished. But discovered Pilates really is a mind exercise, and did not feel that I participated enough to feel the benefit. But I did the full hour, and then rode my bike home, under lights.
I didn't sleep well that night. I was concerned for the safety of the student that I suggested/persuaded to go to student services.
Fortunately for the student, he made his way to student services, and is now in medical care. I don't know if and when he will be returning to class. But I'm just thankful that he has people to look after and care for him now.
SparkCoach challenges this week included:
Day 36 - Change up my strength routine
It was recommended that every four weeks, that you change up your strength routine. I have been looking at other exercises that are freely available, and found BeFit in 90
I will continue with the exercises on the SparkPeople web site and DVDs, but to change it up, I started the BeFit in 90 today. There is also a SparkPeople Team, see www.sparkpeople.com/mysp
Day 37 - Pick one new stress buster
I made a list of three; work in the garden, get out of the office and walk or stretch, and breathe. Not a new list, but I haven't been practising them of late, except for remembering to breathe when I was talking to the distressed student.
Day 38 - Prepare tomorrow's lunch today
I thought that this was good idea, as I am always rushing out the door in the morning. However, I may be late for work, but I do have my lunch. Making it the night before as part of my go to bed routine sounds like a good plan. However, I have yet to implement it.
Day 39 - Walk for 10 minutes
I have tried to make this part of my lunch time at work. Where I work is on a huge block, so I will have to pick only part of it to get around because I don't want to eat my lunch while walking!
Day 40 - Measure all your portions
I did this for the most part. I have found that I like measuring cooked rice, as I get a nice shape on my plate, rather than the rice being all over the plate.
Day 41 - Read an inspirational or watch an inspirational video
I watched and read the suggested inspirational stories. And they were truly inspirational. But perhaps I have not yet recovered from the emotional upheaval of managing a stressful situation. But I was quite tearful through this one www.youtube.com/watch?fe
Tonight I see my Mam for the last time before she goes overseas for nine months. For the time that she was here we spent a few days together, which may be the reason why I feel that I am missing her already. The family dinner will be as usual, in that I mean it won't be like a bon voyage celebration - more the reason why I probably feel a bit flat.