Starting a New Trend - Calling in Tired
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Just about everyone's had to call in "sick" at one point in time or another. My energy level's hit an all-time low, and I seriously considered calling in "tired". I drive school bus, so safety is totally an issue! I've honestly done better working 12-hr night shifts and existing on two to five hours sleep! (hm, I'd better keep that thought handy!) Lately, I seem to not be able to get anything done, I work a few hours and need a nap, just to get through the afternoon run! I do not sleep very well at all. I get so achy as I sleep that the pain wakes me up. I have been fighting off a cough for several weeks, now. I used to get bronchitis, but as being allergic to antibiotics, I have to fight it without, and better off preventing it, to begin with. That takes a lot of energy and requires a lot of rest. So, what else to do? Baby steps back to health!
I just made a giant pot of bean and rice salad. I basically cleaned out the cupboards and freezer, so there's no recipe. I made a large batch of brown rice, cooked some okra with it, and then put in some cooked and sliced carrots, a can of mixed vegetables, a can of wax beans, a can of green beans, and a can of chick peas, all drained. A friend gave me a small mason jar of home-made salad dressing. mmmmm, I put all these together, stirred them well, and there it is, a giant pot of nature's best energy sources! Tastes so good and because it's salad, it's always ready to go, when I need a quick fix or something on the run! Baby steps to cleaning out my diet!
Baby steps to better fitness, too, I'm going to make a point of getting outside for small walks today. Not enough to damage my lungs, just enough to help get me out of this slump! I don't have to drive bus, today. I do wonder how much my achy legs have to do with sitting too much, potentially allowing leg muscle to deteriorate, or even just the bouncing action on my hips as I drive around some of our roughest roads. Last weekend, there was lots of road trip, too. I have to get some groceries and we've got some commitments at Church, tomorrow, but otherwise, I'll try to stay out of the vehicles, too. I've also been trying to do some lower body strength training - will make a point of getting back into that, too.
During the week, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day, but we can't sacrifice our health, needlessly, either! I might be singing to the choir, but throwing this out there, if for no other reason than to remind myself. I'll make better health the priority for this week. I then get two weeks off of work, so it will be good to have started some better habits ahead of time! Never be afraid to come back to the drawing board - or crawl back onto the bandwagon! Every day is a new beginning, grab it as an opportunity to be the best (happiest and healthiest) you can be!
I totally love having SP here to have that safe place where I can "talk" to like-minded people. Can't share all the health stuff on fb, just can't. I'll also use the nutrition tracker to help make sure I'm not missing any essentials. Thanks, SP!