I’ve decided to do a weekly wellness check in – maybe I can help others who are struggling with similar issues? Also, I want to write out what I am doing to help avoid making the same mistakes and repeat some of the successes.
As mentioned, this was an emotional week. I soak up the emotions of others – especially those I really care about. I’m slowly learning to turn down my emotional permeability to detrimental or unnecessary emotions but I’m a work in progress on that front. With regards to people who are dear to me though, all bets are off. This definitely created some angst to my physical and emotional self.
A good point though was during one or two days when regular work stress was hitting the fan, I was able to utilize tapping to ease it in the moment along with working out in the evenings (more on this in a moment). Both of these gave me a boost of confidence that in time, I might be able ease more of my current and future physical pain/symptoms.
Oh and I continued to ease my troubled mood with some Parks and Rec each evening – seriously helped. Not to mention satisfying my craving for waffles (thanks to Leslie Knope for initiating that craving!). And a wonderful gift from a friend – Trex socks! I know, how lucky am I?!
Last week was a three day work out week. Not as good as the week before, however, I did have 4 work outs, so that’s something! But I really shouldn’t write about work outs until AFTER they happen. Thursday night I was all set for a swim. Unfortunately there was another swim meet. Instead, I hit 4 miles on the treadmill friends. It was a struggle. I REALLY wanted to give up at mile 3 but hung until the end. Friday was a really bad stomach day but still hit 3 miles – walking, you know, to make sure I didn’t vomit on my cat. Always a good thing, eh?
So, a brief recap: Tuesday night, 30 min swim, followed by 3 miles on the treadmill. Thursday, 4 miles, and Friday 3 more. This past weekend was a ROUGH one. The doc did say exercise helps with both the acid issues and IBS but even after stuffing a ton of meds down my throat during the day, I wasn’t able to even slowly walk on my friend, the tready. The weekend before was bad too and I’m beginning to wonder if my being a lazy-bones during the day has something to do with it. Or maybe because I push it during the week to make sure I hit my obligations and then once I can let my guard down, my body goes into full attack mode. On itself. Hmm… I’m going to brainstorm an action plan and some experiments to see what I can do about this.
In the food realm, I totally laxed on my low-FODMAP diet. I tried to eat some foods on the no-no list with lousy results. I did better with the GERD diet, although my stomach didn’t seem to appreciate my efforts. I do this thing where once I’ve been diagnosed and received my marching orders, my expectations are an IMMEDIATE “I feel better!”. Perhaps I should give things time to work? What can I say? I’m a delusional optimist!
This week I’m striving for a more concerted effort with eating low-FODMAPs (I think I’ve found a couple of fruits I can eat, smoothie style – got to avoid some scurvy!), swimming at least 2x – it relieves stress/anxiety better than running and more miles on the treadmill. Also, I will employ some more tapping sessions to head off some of the aforementioned stress/anxiety.