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Old November 25th, 2011, 03:43 PM
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Hey All,

In the past, I've used logging to great effect, and I've decided it's time to do a bit more. Lately, I've found that I'm quite tired a lot of the time, that my body is sore and painful from my activities, and I'm experiencing less joy from my hobbies. I think this has a lot to do with my burning of the candle at both ends - basically - I could stand to improve my health.

In the past, I think I've been motivated to do this fr the wrong reasons. Often, it was because I thought that if I got fit, I would be able to attract women, etc. Since I've focused a bit more on self-acceptance, I've realized that my body is my means to enjoy the things I like, so if I take care of that body, I'll be in a better state to enjoy what I like. I don't want to take care of myself because I "should" but because my body is my home and the healthier it is, the more I can enjoy my interests.

Here are the areas that I'd like to focus on improving: Sleep, Diet, Injury Recovery, Strength, Flexibility, and Appearance. I'm going to make a post each day, stating how I'm feeling and what I'm working on doing.
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Old November 26th, 2011, 09:42 AM
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November 25th, 2011

Quite proud of myself for last night. Felt extremely needy and anxious after a small social with friends. Didn't drink too much, had a bite to eat, then was walking home. Realized I was very anxious at the time, and looking back on it, I can tell it's because it was a social situation in which I didn't drink! Usually, when I get home, I eat for comfort reasons. But last night, instead I went straight to bed, read for a bit, and got a good night's sleep.

I feel a great deal better today.
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Old November 27th, 2011, 05:09 PM
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My body has been feeling really run down lately. There are a few nagging injuries that I have, and I want to work on healing up over the next couple of weeks. The injuries I've been coping with are:

* A mild shoulder separation from martial arts training some weeks ago that hasn't properly healed up yet.
* A twisted ankle from the summer that still bothers me with reduced flexibility and ligament pain.
* Pain in my left knee, related to muscle tightness and posture problems (associated with flat feet!)

I find that the injuries make it very difficult to engage in the things I'm passionate about and because I feel a bit banged up, I feel less confident, less of a desire to go out and about, push comfort zone, etc. With that in mind, here's something I can do to help out:

- Morning Yoga routine / stretching my legs & back. This will help to improve my flexibility.
- Foam roller use. I can use it to help release tension in my legs and my back.
- Ice. If I spend about 20-30 mins icing my ankle and shoulder, I can help the recovery process.
- Rest. I need to slow up on my activities (or modify them slightly) if I want to recover. That means a bit less strenuous physical activity.

Will try and keep up on the restoration efforts by doing a bit of all this stuff each day.
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Old November 29th, 2011, 11:26 AM
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The last couple days have seen me holed up in my apartment, tinkering away with my mind and my health. I've taken a couple steps toward healing my body and taking better care of myself in that time. It's an ongoing process, but I'm feeling better today than I have in about a week, so even a small bit of effort in this area has a real effect.

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1. My body needs 8 hours of sleep a night. No ifs, ands or buts allowed here. I have to get that much sleep or the next day is hell. Better to sleep in a bit, get a later start to my day (thankfully my job allows that) and ensure I get that sleep than to skip out.

Insomnia is a bit rough with getting to sleep, but that's okay - If I'm awake, I'll use the time to write or read.

2. Yoga helps me to wake up and puts me in a good mood in the mornings. It's enjoyable. I remember in the summer, while I was at home with my parents, I was doing Yoga every morning, followed with meditation & journaling. By the end of that month, I was feeling GREAT all the time.

It's obvious that having the routine really helps. So I'm going to stick with this as much as I can.

3. I've been cooking a meal for myself each day. This has a couple benefits - firstly, I'm less likely to snack and secondly, it's a lot healthier.

I've been wondering if my body injuries aren't healing properly because my body doesn't have the nutrients it needs. Cooking allows me to provide that a little more effectively.

4. Slowing down on activities. I passed on cycling and/or climbing yesterday, which allowed me to save a bit of money and keep my body in a rest state.

I'm out and about for activities again tonight - but will go easy on my body so I can keep the healing process going. It's FRUSTRATING to skip out on extra things I want to go to (like rock climbing & other martial arts classes) but I can feel the healing process working.

I've also made an appointment on Wednesday with a foot doc to see about flat feet affecting my knee. Hopefully there is something that can be done.

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So things are moving forward in this area and I'm noticing the improvements as I take care of my body. I'm trying hard not to make this conditional. I love myself and my body regardless of what shape it's in, but because of that love, I want to start taking better care of my home (and by that I mean my body!)
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Old December 2nd, 2011, 12:14 AM
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I've been keeping up with my various efforts, but am still feeling the rough effects of my injuries. I think I might even have pulled a muscle in my stomach! A friend of mine I was talking to about feeling pretty ragged lately was telling me she thought it's my body's way of telling me to slow down, which I think is pretty accurate.

Foot doc updated my shoe insets, which have already started to make my legs feel a bit better, and I can feel the shoulder healing up as well. All it's taking is a week or two of rest and I'll be back to fighting shape. The ankle is starting to feel better as well. All good stuff.

Time for bed.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 12:48 PM
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Had a really fun night with a couple friends last night. We didn't go anywhere or do anything. Just stayed in, played some video games, talked Martial Arts, drank too much and ate chicken wings.

Normally, I'd be angry at myself for drinking too much and for not eating healthy good, but I had a wonderful time and I don't care! It wasn't all that healthy, but I don't feel guilty.

I realize that healthier living is not just taking care of yourself, but not getting upset when you DON'T take care of yourself as well.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 07:41 PM
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I realize that healthier living is not just taking care of yourself, but not getting upset when you DON'T take care of yourself as well.
December 16th, 2011

So lately, I have been treating my body poorly, lol. I had a relapse with pornography, as well as some pretty shitty food and poor sleep habits. But you know what, that's okay. I don't feel bad about myself this time. I refuse to tell myself I'm worthless just because I ate some bad food or whatever. That's me!

It's weird actually - I would have been SO depressed about a relapse 1 year ago. I'm fine with it now, really.

But I do want to improve my health a bit and feel a bit better, move toward some goals. So I'm going to try and get back on the horse. Here's to the next step.
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