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Day 42 Mental toughness - and smart planning - required

Friday, February 14, 2014

Those of you who've been following my journey for multiple years might remember those "I have the overnight gig at work" blogs. I have not always responded well to messing with my body's routine sleep schedule. Not sure anybody does this well... but those who have to deal with it on a regular basis, learn the skills.

Me? It is one to three times in a year. It is not a long-term thing, it's a one weekend thing. I try to come home early, but don't always succeed in that goal, to take a nap before the fun begins shortly after midnight.

This is work I can do in my own home, but if connectivity fails, as it did the FIRST time I had this task before me, I could have to drive in.

Mental toughness prevails, but it's almost automatic in the actual overnight, because of the fasting requirement before the thyroid med. Water only - not even coffee - thus, the nap. When the appropriate hour arrives, the medication, then wait another hour before normal breakfast prep.

Oh, does it matter that today is Valentine's Day? Not to me. So, I will follow the modified plan, not give myself too hard a time if I adjust the training schedule a smidgeon, and Spark on.

Because... LIFE is GOOD. Even better when I'm fit and taking care of business. Consistency does NOT mean rigidity. Consciousness DOES mean mindfulness. Creativity involves planning. And as always, Gratitude is the Attitude that wins!

Have a great Friday, Happy Valentine's Day to all, however your observe it or not! And Spark on! emoticon emoticon
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BLUENOSE63 2/15/2014 2:50PM

  I am getting a tshirt with that saying on it !

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JUST_TRI_IT 2/15/2014 9:54AM

    Consistency does not mean rigidity....very powerful insight.

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SUSANNAH31 2/15/2014 8:25AM

    Being flexible and mindful is what you do!
Thanks for setting the standard!


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CASTIRONLADY 2/14/2014 10:50PM

    Happy V Day emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 2/14/2014 9:46PM

    hang in there

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ALICIA363 2/14/2014 8:26PM

    "Consistency does not mean rigidity." Just what I needed to hear today. Between this and JUST_TRI_IT's mindfulness blog, this site has refreshed me at my most tired part of the day. Gratitude to those who travel the path ahead of me and pave the way!

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    I take the thyroid meds at bedtime every time. My blood work is based on that time of day ingestions.
It works for me and no stomach issues from any meds.

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LESLIELENORE 2/14/2014 2:59PM

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DLDMIL 2/14/2014 1:22PM

    emoticon Have a great weekend.

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PHOENIX1949 2/14/2014 1:11PM

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DALID414 2/14/2014 12:39PM

    emoticon Happy Valentine's Day Barb

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1CRAZYDOG 2/14/2014 12:14PM

  Good luck, Barb. When I had to work the midnight shift (as a nurse) my system took a long time to adjust.


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GABY1948 2/14/2014 10:20AM

    emoticon and I do NOT do well with changes either...I hope it all goes without a hitch. We don't celebrate it either here but I like telling everyone to have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/14/2014 8:34AM

    Like Watermelen, "Consistency does not mean rigidity" is a phrase worth remembering.

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KALIGIRL 2/14/2014 8:13AM

    Here's to following the revised plan!

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LEWILL1982 2/14/2014 8:09AM

    Hey, my endocrinologist told me recently, that I can take the thyroid meds and I can eat at the same time, no more waiting, unless consuming dairy. It actually helps get into our body to do it's thing, more efficiently (not so scientific, I know). I'd always waited around in the past, as I've been on it for over 10 years.... Check with your doctor, but it might help a little in your planning. I drink my diet coke with mine and have had no problems.

Good luck in finding your balance, you'll get through this!

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WATERMELLEN 2/14/2014 7:40AM

    Consistency does NOT mean rigidity.

We share this particular battle.
Gotta tell myself that over and over again.

And all best with the "overnight" thing -- plus a very happy Valentine's Day to one of my very fave Sparkies!!


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MSLZZY 2/14/2014 7:36AM

    You will handle it as you always do and be a success!
Happy Valentine's Day! HUGS!

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WENDYSPARKS 2/14/2014 7:34AM

    Happy Valentine's Day to you too!!!! emoticon

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