Mel's Trek

I feel like I am emerging from a long bout of stress, self-negativity and sadness that seemed to begin in veterinary school. Part of this time involved a lot of weight gain as a result of emotional eating and not caring for myself in general (which has manifested in many areas). I am chronicling my trek out of that sadness.

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10:02 PM
May 27th, 2014
hikergirl:

I went to the yoga class at the Y again tonight (it was my second time-I missed last week because of a hair appointment). It felt a bit easier this time. I could actually do the downward dog, but I modified the plank. I have to work on bring my foot forward though. The pigeon pose in the photo was really hard. It was super uncomfortable when I tried it in the first class. But, I put a second mat under my yoga mat which really helped with comfort. I couldn’t even bring my back leg up so I’ll definitely need to keep working on that one.  I am going to keep going weekly. It was a lot more fun tonight.


hikergirl:

I went to the yoga class at the Y again tonight (it was my second time-I missed last week because of a hair appointment). It felt a bit easier this time. I could actually do the downward dog, but I modified the plank. I have to work on bring my foot forward though. The pigeon pose in the photo was really hard. It was super uncomfortable when I tried it in the first class. But, I put a second mat under my yoga mat which really helped with comfort. I couldn’t even bring my back leg up so I’ll definitely need to keep working on that one.  I am going to keep going weekly. It was a lot more fun tonight.

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2:30 PM
May 26th, 2014

hikergirl:

Scenes from a walk on the bike trail. I think I walked almost 5 miles (the most I’ve done at once in ages). I haven’t been very good about the shin stretching but they were only a little twingy at the start and then calmed down.

8:56 PM
May 14th, 2014

I went to a yoga class at the Y last night. The only other yoga class I had been to was a beginner’s class and very gentle. This one took about 80-85 minutes.I am completely confounded by sun salutations - downward dog, plank, etc. etc. I just don’t have the upper body strength or the rhythm to do sun salutations. So I just sat their while everyone else did them.I did do everything else though (with varying degrees of success). I will go back next Tuesday but I do need to try and up my upper body strength.

Also, I was SORE and headachey today. My upper body is especially sore and I think it’s from the bits of the sun salutations I could do. I also ate more tonight than I have in a while. I also didn’t go to the Y at all today knowing I needed to rest.

7:57 PM
May 4th, 2014

hikergirl:

Mohican State Park. I went all of 2 miles round trip but it was good to get out.

11:02 PM
May 2nd, 2014

I did the weight machines today at the Y for the first time since I was set up through FitLinxx. I forgot how much I like lifting weights.

7:59 PM
April 29th, 2014

A walk sans dogs today and my shins starting bothering me not quite half way through. I persevered and they’re mostly calmed down now. It’s so frustrating.

7:43 PM
April 27th, 2014

I took the dogs out for a 30-35 minute walk in the neighborhood tonight. They were better with the Y-leash/collar attacher thing. My knees were a little cricky (especially headed downhill) and my shins acted up about 1/2 way through.

8:02 PM
April 24th, 2014

I have worked out on the elliptical two nights in a row. I’ve done 15 minutes both nights. Last night, I had the time set to 30 minutes. Tonight it was set to 20 minutes. My legs get fatigued and my back starts bothering me so I cut it at 15 minutes. I’ll keep plugging away.

I’m also wondering when I can fit in a breast reduction this year. I am so sick of them.

9:05 PM
April 9th, 2014

I’ve been seeing a therapist/counselor for 6 months now (every 3 weeks or so) and I am feeling better. I feel like I am handling my stress better and doing things to take care of myself. 

My mom was here and we organized a few rooms, took some things to Goodwill and recycling and my house is much less cluttered. We also redid a part of my basement and turned it into a little meditation area. 

I’ve also been thinking about my eating, especially the more mindless eating I do. I am realizing how bad I feel physically after I eat more processed carbs like donuts, pancakes, some bread. I have been trying to not eat as much or none of some of those things. I also finally went back to the Y tonight. I haven’t been in over a year. I don’t want to obsess about how much exercise I’m doing or how much/what I’m eating or how much weight I want to lose. I just want to eat food that makes me feel good, move my body because it makes me feel good and make these things a more natural part of my life. The weight will take care of itself.

8:24 PM
November 13th, 2013

I managed to do 10 minutes on the Elliptical machine Monday and Wednesday after work. Tuesday I ached all over. I’m not sure if it’s my typical aches or if it was working out. I need to be patient, take it slow and make it a good habit to do it instead of worrying how well I’m doing.

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