Mar 252010
 

The Back-story

So a few weeks ago I talked about swimming with crocodiles and hypothyroidism.

I left off with questions, mainly about how to still move forward with my life and actually accomplish things when my energy levels and cognitive ability remain largely unpredictable.

As I said in the original post, I am really making an effort to fit my life to my health, not the other way around. This has meant taking naps when I feel like it without drowning myself in guilt. It has meant being firm about staying home and chillaxin’ several nights a week. It has meant observing my work habits so that when I take my retreat next week, I can play to my strengths and allow for my weaknesses in planning my future workflow.

The Investigation

I spent several weeks tracking what I ate, how many calories I consumed, how many calories I burned, how I got my activity during the day, what my moods were, how much I weighed, and this is what I found:

  • Drinking more water helped.
  • The calories I took in/expended made no difference in my weight.
  • I get way too obsessed when tracking things.

So, I stopped. Or rather, I’ve switched focus.

Next Steps

I’m working on something to track the quantity and quality of my R&R. Something that will encourage me to take really good care of myself, but also something that I won’t obsess over.

Things I want to track:

  • meditation
  • exercise
  • yoga
  • sleep
  • reading
  • time with friends
  • journaling
  • moods
  • energy levels

That’s where I’m at for now. More later on actually talking to my croc and finding out why she’s here and how she’s trying to help me. You may be saying HUH?! But it’s all about self-education, people!

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If anyone has tried this kind of thing for bringing more relaxation into their lives, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

  One Response to “Getting to Know my Crocodile Better”

  1. I suggest tracking only one or two things at a time, or you’ll spend all your time tracking and not relaxin’! I gotta go read what this crocodile thing is about.

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