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May: Mental Health Awareness Month

With so many dealing with varying degrees of stress, depression, anxiety and a plethora of other mental health disorders or ailments – and having dealt with postpartum depression myself as well as being diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder, I thought it only appropriate when a friend posted this on social media to include it here. Depression especially is insidious and hard to manage; whether you are the one afflicted or the support trying to help get them through it. Just remember that there IS help out there, whether its through medication management, behavioral therapy, or other methods. You dont HAVE to suffer. Not every way works for everybody and the only right way is what works for you (so long as you’re not hurting yourself or someone else!)

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The Game Plan

I admittedly haven’t been disciplined enough lately to stick to any sort of plan to get myself healthy again OR follow a plan that will set me up for success. There has been a LOT going on at home and we all know how stress, uncertainty and general malaise can set in when things at home aren’t good. The irony is that when things at home aren’t ideal, that’s all the more reason to focus on yourself and especially getting you into a better mind frame, both physically and mentally. At the very least, if you aren’t taking care of yourself it’s going to spiral into worse situations to handle down the road when attempting to get fit. Meanwhile, getting your head on straight and proverbially taking care of yourself internally (personal aesthetics none-withstanding!) will better assist you in dealing with all that stress, and especially anxiety, that can come from daily life.

My biggest issue? I eat emotionally. When I’m upset, I eat. I LOVE sweets. Love. Adore. Gimme. If I’m not being emotionally fulfilled, I’ll turn to chocolate and especially soda. Yes. Soda. The calorie killer. Worse, caffeine can increase the affects of anxiety; which I also have. So it makes sense doesn’t it? I’m upset, stressed, sad and I turn to the two things that are highest in caffeine (and caffeine is also highly addictive) and therefor will raise my adrenaline levels to create a sort of feeling of excitement.  Now, in moderation this wouldn’t be an issue. But whose’s talking moderation when one’s upset and just wants to feel a little better?!

I have taken steps to try and eat better at home. Unfortunately this hasn’t gone well with my current schedule. So lifestyle changes need to be made.

So what exactly is my Game Plan then? (and how?)

 

1.) Wean myself off of soda – One a day max for the next week, then one every other day for the week after, etc until done. Now if I get there sooner, than great.

2.) Plan meals as much as possible.

3.) Have back up quick meals available for those times when scheduling doesn’t go as planned.

4.) Eat smaller meals/snacks a day – 5x a day. At: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

5.) Don’t eat after 8pm

6.) Start taking vitamin supplements. Especially since I haven’t been eating well at all.

7.) Start taking my protein shakes again. Most likely as my 1pm meal after a work walk.

8.) Start running again. Even more important since I am now not only signed up for the Haunted Happy Family 5k at Walt Disney World in October, but have also registered for the Inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 10k in January.

9.) Start strength training 3x a week again. I’ve been considering getting the P90x3 or the T25 programs from Beachbody as I used to do P90X but an hour at home isn’t too easy to accomplish. 30 minutes I can find time for.

10.) Most importantly, make time for ME.

I have a plan. Now, GO!

Being Sick Sucks!

I haven’t gotten to blog in a while because I was fighting some dreaded summer cold that has had me, and my household, laid up for over a week now. I’m finally finding a moment to get on the computer and write a little something down.

My running is progressing, though slowly due to being sick. It took a serious hit this last week, that’s for certain, but I was rather proud of myself the other day when I got back on the treadmill. My pacing wasnt great, just under 15 minutes a mile, but I was only running for 30 minutes, was STILL sick and recovering and I slowed my speed down to accomodate this. What I was able to do, however, was jog for a far longer period in slowing down my speed. SO though the pacing wasn’t as great as my previous runs, I still feel some great progress was made!

I’m registered and on track to complete the 5K in October at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Happy Haunted run in Orlando!

In other news, life is life! I have to remind myself sometimes that things are not as rough as they seem and that I am unbelievably lucky to have everything and everyone that I do. Its not always easy, particularly when stress levels are high and healthy problems are involved, but it IS worth it.

Saw this today, and I think its apropos:

 

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