writing, exercise, sleep

Jul. 12th, 2017 04:15 pm
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So I'm going to try to write every day again. My friend Bard made me a rudimentary spreadsheet, with octopi! (This is absolutely true.) I updated the spreadsheet with other headings of things I want to track, specifically writing, exercise, and sleep. The octopus category is just for fun. I think I will use it as an "I checked in today" thing and place an octopus there, even if I miss all of the other categories.

Anyway, if I write in here at all, I'm going to count it as writing, at least at first. If I end up having a Real Writing Project, then I might only count writing toward that specific goal. But for now, anything counts. I'm trying to make this as easy for myself as possible.

That said, I want to try to have a significant number of words. I'm not sure what my initial goal of a word count should be. Does anyone have a number that's worked for you?

The exercise category - really, the entire plan in general - is because I've been struggling with fatigue for a while now. I've already talked to my gp, and I'm having some bloodwork rechecked. I have slightly high blood sugar (not enough to place me in the range for diabetes or even prediabetes, but enough that my doctor put me on a low dose of metformin). The doctor is rechecking my blood sugar levels to see if the metformin is working and also rechecking my hemoglobin. She's also doing a complete blood check again, I think. Yay for being thorough.

I also want to exercise because I have a trip to Seattle coming up in December. I'm super-excited about it, but I know it will involve walking, and I want to be in better cardio shape. I'm in terrible shape right now, honestly, so anything will be an improvement. I'm going to take a yoga class this Saturday, and I've already paid for three individual classes. Then I ordered a Yoga/Pilates thing for the Wii that I'm planning to use after that. I feel like I can't afford to take regular live classes right now, but I think the initial ones will be good for getting myself back into yoga. When I'm not doing yoga, I plan to walk...though that's tricky because it's super hot in Florida right now. I might need to wake up early and do it.

In terms of the fatigue, I also have anxiety and depression that I'm being medicated for (see previous entry); I'm not sure if maybe I have some sort of low-level depression that's surfacing even through the meds that I'm taking. That would really suck, if so. It's something I should talk with my psychiatrist, Dr. N, about.

My other issue is that I'm having trouble falling asleep at night. (This is even with a sleeping pill, Lunesta.) Since I'm having trouble sleeping at night, I tend to nap during the day, which exacerbates the entire problem. I'm going to try to do a better job of regulating my sleep schedule. This seems next to impossible right now, but it's absolutely necessary. I think the spreadsheet will be more for tracking my sleep than changing it at first. Then I can show it to Dr. N. and have a sense for how much I'm sleeping and when.

I feel like this is the most boring journal entry that anyone's ever written, but I'm keeping it public just in case someone else is reading who has been procrastinating on self-care or dealing with fatigue.

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