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What to do with a bad week

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Very little eating
What I did eat was not good for me
No energy to work out
Dizziness when I tried
Abnormally emotional
That time of the month
Some dating highs and lows
Extreme exhaustion not fixed by sleep

All of that equals a very bad week. Thought I'd share to let you know how I am crawling through this:

Sleeping when I can
Eating what I can, and starting to make (some) better choices. But first, I worked on eating.. period
Spending some time with people who love me, and don't force me to be the strong motivating person all of the time (unfortunately, many in my life DO hold that expectation of me, and will stop speaking to me when I have rough times)
Addressing my needs before my expectations
Journaling about how I feel, and what I believe about myself (its always good to be reminded)
Taking it easy
Doing the essential, and leaving the rest to when I am feeling better
Taking a week break from exercise (we are in day 4, and it is NOT easy! all I think about is that I don't want my body to 'forget', and I don't want to regain all the weight I lost! Its only a week.. I know!)

I hope this helps someone else know that we all have bad weeks... and I spent day 4 and 5 visiting the doctor and taking tests... thinking that I didn't feel a teeny bit better. We talked a lot about burnout, and I realized that I'd probably reached it (and ignored it) a few weeks earlier. I remember thinking that after doing three 20+ mile runs, I wished the marathon were over already. But still, I kept pushing... trying to do our 31 week training program.. perfectly. I have not missed a single week, and this will be my first weekend off. I have to trust that my body has memory. My new pair of marathon shoes arrived in the mail today. I'll be better equipped to take those babies for a spin once my body feels it has recovered!

This morning.. I felt something had changed. I felt a little more like myself, not completely drained. Still emotional, but I know that will take time. I'm glad that I got to a point where I realized I needed some help to pinpoint what was going wrong, and dealt with that. If I don't take care of me, I can't take care of anything else.
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    You have a great support system for dealing with bad times. We can all learn from it
    3314 days ago
    Thanks for your encouragement!! I'll post my update as a separate blog entry.

    3336 days ago
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    This was really helpful to read. Thank you for posting this.
    3337 days ago
    I'm not sure what you're going through, but ride it out and see where it takes you. We're all here for you when you get back home. emoticon
    3337 days ago
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