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Stress Management: Maize Mountaineer Style

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I've felt worn out the past few days, maybe thanks to my sweetie's germs. I did make progress in weight loss and measurements since last week, and I'm thankful for that. My zeal has diminished along with my energy. So, it's good that this week's focus is on stress management. My challenges to a sustained healthy lifestyle loom large when I'm low energy or stressed. We're hosting a dessert for three couples this Thursday, and WOMEN are going to be in my house. Maybe you're different and don't feel like the Inspector General is coming with white gloves, but my anxiety level goes up during occasions like this. Okay, enough fretting, let's get down to business.

Preparedness: I have a meal plan for the week, I intend to make exercise my priority each day, and I commit to eating only healthy foods in healthy portions. Since I am not feeling optimal, I also plan to allow for extra rest.

Fitness: I plan to listen to my body and, if need be, back down from the intensity of my exercise. I am still committed to one hour of exercise every day. This is my gift to myself.

Nutrition: Meal plan is set, but flexible, depending on my energy level. I have fruit and vegetables for snacking. I will seek alternatives to emotional eating because of my fretting and low energy, such as sitting in our office and reading, or choosing a closet to clean out, or starting my to-do list for spring cleaning.

Self Reflection: This is so helpful to me when I'm feeling tired because I start that stinky thinking that I'll never get fit or healthy. Here are the affirmations I chose:

I choose to think positive thought about my body.
I am strong and healthy.
I am in control of what I eat and drink.
I feel good about myself.
I breathe deeply, exercise regularly and feed only good nutritious food to my body.

Accountability: I'm already doing that by telling you what's foremost on my mind: the low energy and the Inspector General anxiety. emoticon I intend to check in with my team on a regular basis and share how I'm handling both with the mechanisms I've outlined above.

This has been helpful to me, and I'm looking forward to making progress towards my goals this week. emoticon
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    So, with company coming, WOMEN no less (LOL!), the kitchen is the main area of focus, go shine your sink , you will feel so much more at ease!

    LOL I just said at ease to the Admiral !

    You probably did catch some of your sweeties germs, plus the yucky weather returning tonight into tomorrow, not a good combo.

    Hope you feel better soon! emoticon
    1473 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Great plan!! Hope it helps your energy return!! emoticon
    1474 days ago
  • BETRHO48
    emoticon Looks like you have everything well planned out. You've covered stress as well as managing your nutrition and exercise.
    The only thing left is to stick to your plan.
    Great work.
    1474 days ago
    Great job!! So nice to think positive thoughts.. They change everything!
    1474 days ago
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