Work It Out.
I've been in a bit of a funk lately.
Could be the work stress, could be the wedding chaos, could be the fact that Ms. Sausage won't stop putting her nose in my ear while I sleep. (Thankfully, we've started sleeping with the bedroom door closed to keep her meddling paws out. But every morning, when I open the door to go out into the living room, she's smushed against the bedroom door, eyes startled from the door being jerked open and puffy with the excitement of being able to follow me around. Blasted cat.)
Holy digression. Anyway, I needed to reclaim my glee last night.
My mission began at the gym.
Nothing makes me feel more in control than a hard workout. With my new iPod shuffle (thank you, AADE conference) blasting out some Beastie Boys, I forced myself to pop the treadmill to an incline of 12.5 and forced the thoughts of stress out of my mind. I banished blogging to the back burner. I tossed my article list for dLife out of my brain. Wedding budget? Deal with it later.
Solid cardio workout sent my stress packing - Bird woulda been proud. Another 20 minutes of resistance training in the weight room again forced me to concentrate on my muscle movements (a challenge, as I'm not terribly coordinated) and didn't allow any room for chaotic thoughts.
As I walked out of the gym, I felt sweaty. And strong. My blood sugars held steady throughout the workout, starting at 102 mg/dl. popping up to 168 mg/dl (thanks to the swig of juice before I started cardio), and landing softly at 128 mg/dl.
I'll be hitting the gym harder, to let off steam and try to be fitter for my wedding gown. Physical exertion helps me. I think I found a tap dancing studio near my house, so I plan on signing up for classes there, too. (Have I mentioned that I was a tap dancer for over 15 years? It was the only athletic thing I was ever good at. Have I mentioned scoring a goal for the wrong team during a round-robin soccer tournament? Case in point.)
Chris and I are heading away for a relaxing, romantic weekend at the beginning of September, during which we will leave cell phones in the car and laptops at home. Maybe I'll stop working on projects every night and start taking some time to relax.
A little fun goes a long way.
One of my biggest obstacles in diabetes management - life management, I guess - is stress. I let the littlest things make me nuts, and the even bigger problems send me into the stratosphere. My EOS (End Of Summer) Resolution? Better manage the stress in my life.
How do you guys handle stress? What's your EOS Resolution?