Just can’t shake it

Something has a hold of my ankles and just won’t let go, and I’m not talking about my ferret that is lurking around the living room.  For the last few weeks my body has just been out of rhythm, I just can’t manage to get enough sleep and I think my neck is out of alignment, which means time for a new pillow!  I would love to say that I have been sick and that’s why my motivation has fallen through, but I don’t think that is the case.  I think I have just caught the old nasty laziness bug.  I just can’t seem to find the energy to keep going through the day.  I have changed from a one cup of coffee a morning to two just to try to pack in a little extra jolt.  I realize this is only making the problem worse, but I just can’t seem to get motivated to do my work out once I get home.

I was thinking the majority of my problem is I stay up way to late of an evening, most nights it is due to taking a nap after I get home from work, and then getting up by six in the morning getting on average less than six hours of sleep.  When the morning comes my alarm blares and I shut it off an reset a total of two times.  I decided not only do I need to get to bed earlier than eleven, but I need an alarm that doesn’t jolt me out of sleep so harshly.  I was reading my Yoga Journal magazine the other day and saw an ad for a progressive alarm clock (www.now-zen.com)  I loved the idea of a progressive alarm clock, though a bit expensive.  So I decided to find some new ring tones for my phone alarm since I only had the standard Samsung ringtones on my phone.  I found an android app Zen Ringtones.  The tones are much more relaxing and I woke up much more peacefully this morning.  Though I still was exhausted during the day.

Since I was still tired I decided that tonight is a ten o’clock bedtime and I took my vitamins.  I am starting my yoga routine back up tomorrow and if I don’t find some energy by the end of the week it is time to make a doctor’s appointment for both the exhaustion and the shoulder pain.

Feeling a bit under the weather

The last week or so I have been feeling just a little off, both physically and mentally.  I had noticed being worn down after I had my “half day” a couple of weeks ago and I just hadn’t been able to recuperate.  I was trying to decide if it was because of lack of sleep, allergies, stress or some other health issue.

Last week was my busy week at work with all the departmental statistics being due.  It wouldn’t be a big deal since I enjoy the work, but I have some sort of repetitive injury in my right shoulder.  The back and forth computer mouse movement aggravates it.  Some months it goes by with very little notice.  This month on the other hand it was awful and actually still hurts.  I am seriously thinking it might be time to go get that MRI my doctor suggested I get late last year, as he thinks I have bursitis.  I have been through physical therapy on the same condition a few years ago with no avail for pain relief.  I put off doing the MRI hoping that if I was a bit more physically active it would fix itself.  Again with no luck.  So the plan for the week is to make that appointment anyway it is time for that yearly checkup anyway.

Yesterday to combat my crazy exhaustion I decided after work I would take a small nap before supper.  Well the small nap turned into a two-hour nap.  Luckily my fiance decided to make supper.  It was delicious.  He took the left over turkey burgers we had made on Saturday and put them in a spinach wrap, along with tomatoes, shredded cheese and quinoa. 

About an hour after supper I decided that I was going to do my yoga practice.  It had been a week and I was starting to wonder if all my odd aches and pains were from feel compressed.  I did a twenty-minute active flow routine instructed by Sura.  It was an “all levels” video, but it was a great workout.  Last night it made my shoulder feel a little better, but it has reverted back today and my abs / core got a great workout.  She has a move in the routine that engages all your abdominal muscles.  You start in downward facing dog do a side rotation move into plank pose.  Then you do the same ration on the other side and move back into downward facing dog.  You do a clockwise rotation and then after about 5 you switch to a counter-clockwise rotation.  It was a great flow.   It is a short video definitely worth revisiting on those busy days.

Let’s try this again

Sometimes even the best laid out plans fall through.  It has been a full week since I have unrolled my yoga mat.  I had posted earlier that week two was a disaster m, well that disaster is rolling right into week three!  It has completely amazed me how much what appeared to be such a minor change in my schedule has made.  Changing my sleep habits for a week just to get a lousy 3 hours “off” on a Friday hardly seemed worth it.  Reminder to me the next time my half day rolls around, I should give it up or burn a vacation day, because the lasting effects for such a little pay out are not worth it.

Sometimes its best to just admit defeat.  I have been defeated!  But I refuse to give up.  I am starting my 30 day yoga challenge over.  I started this challenge as a way yo make me accountable for my workout schedule assuming that if I blog about what I am doing I would be more likely to stick to it and it was working well.  At the end of my challenge I intend to stick with it, but possible add some extra weightlifting or aerobics  So today I am starting round two of the Yoga Challenge!

Week 2

Oh the disastrous week, my yoga practice seriously suffered last week.  There were numerous issues with last week, not that any of the excuses are a valid reason for how poorly my commitment went.  To start with I was working an extra hour a day through the week so I could have a half day on Friday.  In theory it sounded great, I mean after all it was just an hour.  I was going in a half hour earlier and shortening my lunch by a half hour (which is why this blog didn’t get updated).  I had no idea how much damage the extra hour was going to do, it threw off my sleep schedule, made my hour-long relaxing lunch not so relaxing, but rushed and it threw my evenings off.  I never realized how important my lunch hour was to my overall relaxation during the day.  I take the time during my lunch to update my blogs and enjoy nature.  Last week was also ridiculously hot.  We had temperatures over 100* it was insane.  With the weather so unbearable my co-worker and I cancelled our walking day since it was supposed to be 106* out, not including the heat index.  My half day on Friday started out great, then we got a much-needed storm and the power was knocked out for a couple of hours.  Saturday we took a trip to Ohio and picked up our new pet and his sister.

I realized none of that is valid excuse for my slacking yoga practice.  I did manage to get in three practices last week.

Monday – I did a 45 minute moderate level practice that left me wishing I had completed a different video.  This one while it started out balanced and good ended not as balanced and leaving me with a slight lower backache.  The practice need more forward bends  to counter the cobra posses.

Wednesday – I did a short moderate practice by one of my favorite instructors on the site, Clara Robert-Oss.

Thursday – I did an extremely short practice that I wished I would have done a longer one. 

The only good thing for the week is I still managed to keep eating healthy!

So the goal for this week it to get back to the daily practice and do an additional measurements and compare to the before stats!

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