On day two of Denise’s “get energy” plan, she highlights the need for a good quality sleep. She recommends at least eight hours, recommends a bed-time ritual to help relax, and recommends no screen time as you are nearing bed-time. I am still working on the bed-time ritual, and have begun instituting a “no screens after 8 PM” policy. Unfortunately, for the second night in a row, I’m going to run over that time typing my blog. A goal to keep aiming for though!! (I just finished the whole thing. Eight-thirty instead of eight-forty-five today).
Today Denise tells me to drink a cup of hot water with lemon first thing. She says she does this each morning. Next, she says to eat a cup of high fiber cereal with three quarters cup milk and a half-cup of fruit on it. (I do blueberries again.) She says to take a 15 minute catnap in the afternoon if I need one (I don’t), and says to eat some popcorn as a snack (I do). She says to go for a half hour walk out side (I do, with my hubby), and to take a long, hot soak before bed (I plan to take a long shower instead, only because I’m trying to get pregnant, and, it may be an old-wives tale, but I was told not to take really hot baths because of this, so I quit taking baths.) I miss them!
Overall, today was a harder day for me. I worked a bit in the morning at my place of work, getting ready for the school-year ahead, and for some reason I always feel inadequate there. I believe that I am well-liked there, yet I always seem to feel that I don’t stack up. I think it may be because I am doing a job that I don’t actually have the degree for, and even though I am always trying my best, I wonder what I would be doing differently if I had had more schooling and experience. I need to look more into the chapter in Denise’s book about turning negative thoughts into positive ones. Maybe I just need to repeat to myself, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like me!”
TODAY’S PERSONAL ENERGY REPORT
When you Wake Up: Morning Energy Questions
◊ What will I look forward to today? Reading more of a book I started last night called, “The Future of Us.”
◊ What pleasure will I add to my day? A long, hot shower.
◊ How will I connect to someone today? I’ll go for a walk with my hubby.
During the Day: Energy Checklist
◊ I got enough sleep last night. Yes – although I had difficulty falling asleep again. I also was up going to the bathroom a few times (I tried to finish drinking my water earlier tonight), and I had some weird dreams.
◊ I energized with my morning stretch (detailed in book). Done
◊ I ate breakfast. Done, per Denise’s instructions.
◊ I drank eight glasses of water. I finished this, again counting one cup of drink as water that wasn’t water, it was coffee mixed with a healthy dose of milk.
◊ I got outside for some fresh air and sunshine. There was no sunshine, it was overcast and raining off and on, but my hubby and I did go for a walk.
◊ I did my afternoon Energy Shot stretch (detailed in book). Done, late again.
◊ If I caught myself slouching or slumping, I corrected my posture. I tend to forget this throughout the day, but remember to sit up each time I type this, ha ha.
◊ If I caught myself in a negative thought, I turned it positive. I was pretty down a lot today. I need to learn to feel more capable at work and own my job. I think that will help. I always feel like somebody is going to get mad at me or call me out on something. Which is all in my head I think.
◊ I connected with someone. I connected with my hubby. And also, he brought me flowers today!
◊ I did something fun or relaxing, just for me. I read my “The Future of Us” book all afternoon.
◊ I worked out for thirty minutes or more. Besides the walk with my hubby, I did one of Jack Lalanne’s old TV shows. (I bought a DVD with five of his shows on them.)
◊ I did my bedtime stretch (detailed in book.) To be done this evening about ten p.m.
Before Bed: Evening Energy Questions
◊ Did I live the promises of my Morning Energy Questions? Yes.
◊ What fired me up today, and why? Going for the walk and doing the Lalanne video helped pull me out of a slump, but I was definitely off today.
◊ What tired me out today, and why? Ruminating, ruminating, and more ruminating. I think I fall on the depression scales some days? Generally I bounce back so hopefully I feel better tomorrow.