Win Some, Lose Some

Last week was a struggle. Both Wednesday and Friday I burned out, didn’t want to cope, and just generally was unhappy.

Wednesday I curled up on the couch and fell asleep.

Friday I took a LONG walk and talked to myself, quite sternly at points.  It helped.

Saturday was awesome – productive, enjoyable, I got lots done and had a good time doing it.  I need more days like that, and I wish I didn’t have to have days like Wednesday and Friday to get there.

I’m struggling really hard with being patient with myself.  I don’t want to.  I mean, come on – I’ve been living on my own four months now, and in Solace for two – shouldn’t I have all the wrinkles ironed out?  Of course not, but it feels like I should. And when it becomes clear I’m not, I don’t cope well.

There’s a couple of realizations I’ve had about my stress coping strategies.  The first is that although food is my first instinct (comfort meals, chocolate, etc.) it’s the least effective.  The second is that even 5 minutes of exercise can make a huge difference to my day.  Fifteen minutes and I’m golden.  So I’ve cobbled together an easy-peasy 15 minutes I can do in the morning before work, and even today only doing a third of it has made a difference in my mood.  I don’t feel as groggy or out-of-sorts.

The third is that taking daily observations about long term goals is silly and frustrating.  So weigh-ins once a week from now on, not daily.

Slowly but surely.  Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Published in: on April 25, 2011 at 10:14  Leave a Comment  

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