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Relaxing… How do we do that again?

I’ve had a crazy work schedule lately.

Actually, I’ve had a crazy work schedule… most of the time… because I work a crazy job. Details details details.

Anyway.

It’s my evening off, and time to relax. Except, turns out, I’m not particularly good at this whole relaxing thing. I don’t know. Too many distractions, a too distractable mind… too many brilliant ideas? I mean, should I go blogging, should I work on my spice rack, should I read a magazine, should I watch TV and what am I going to wear tomorrow?

I have had times in which I can relax. Brief times, an hour or two maybe. Usually when the rest of my stuff is done and my house doesn’t resemble a small war zone.

Usually after a lovely work out.

Usually not when my living room is sprawled with the 10 000 brilliant ideas I think I’m working on. Usually not when I haven’t been working out. Usually not when my diet consists of things that shouldn’t really be considered food combined with a relatively small proportion of actual food.

I need to get my shit back together. AGAIN.

I need some rest.

Help?

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in ADHD, Brilliant ideas, fitness, Health, Work

 

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Healthy choices

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From time to time I struggle with making the right food choices for my health, simply because.

I don’t really understand why.I KNOW that it’s really important for me to eat healthy food. I also DO notice the ‘positive reward’ from doing so almost immediately.

Apart from chocolate, I really get just about no satisfaction from most fast foods or unhealthy, processed stuff. Every once in a while chips are nice, pizza too. Pizza isn’t really fast food, especially not if I make it myself. It’s just that somehow it seems appealing, and I’m impulsive. Often I’m beginning to feel hungry and simply reach for the first available thing.

Maybe I should add that eating isn’t my favourite activity. I’d be perfectly happy if I could subsist on air and coffee, herbal tea and diet coke for most of the time, but it doesn’t really work that way. I never know what I want to eat, because I HAVE to eat. I can be picky, but it’s really because I have to make my meals tasty and interesting for me in order to get enough nutrients. Else I simply can’t finish it: forcing myself to eat something I don’t like typically only makes my antipathy towards eating worse.

Meal plans -made by ME- do tend to work, especially if I have a few ‘pre-approved’ options to choose from. ‘Pre-approved’ simply means that I do kind of have to do the groceries for it, and if I think about it in advance it’s more likely to be healthy. It’s just that I absolutely hate making the meal plans and doing the groceries for it. So more often than not I procrastinate doing it. Breakfast is easy. Lunch is a perpetual trouble: I hate bread, I’m too chaotic in the mornings to prepare it…. and I hit a blank when it comes to easy non-bread lunches.

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in ADHD, fitness, Health

 

Running, ADHD-style.

The plan:
the plan
That’s about a 2.5K run, should take me less than 20 minutes and just enough to feel good. I was starting my Runners World 5k in 5 weeks programme, and it said 10 minutes but that’s hardly a challenge so I decided to start where I left off. I was supposed to run yesteday..but that didn’t work out for some reason.

As with many things as a Devastatingly Heavenly Darling, the run didn’t go quite as I planned.

The Result
what happened
Yeah… I kind of took a wrong turn somewhere, then kind of got my orientation screwed up. It went wrong in the woods. It was so pretty, so green, and so quiet. I kept on being distracted by it. And HEY look… a horse trail!! FUN! Oh HEY officers!
Now… eh… where am I? Oh, ok, Madurodam.
And then it starts raining. Hard.
3k to the centre? No, that’s too far, I think going the other way is shorter.
Eh, no, this is not where I want to go… turn back
Eh..wait, this MUST be a short cut.
Hmm this is really an amazing part of the city where I landed myself… Tennis courts? I THINK I know where I am? Finally… a main road…
Oh… crap… I’m a lot further than I wanted to be! But at least I know where to go from here…

I did actually run almost the entire first 4k of a total of 7.4k… not fast, but I ran. And this was fun, for the most part… a sort of mini adventure. And that was JUST what I needed. I’d been feeling really glum and bored lately. And my running clothes proved their worth! I only became cold the last bit, when it had actually stopped raining but my left knee was too sore to run on. I’m not at THAT fitness level yet, and for some reason my left knee always tells me when it has reached it’s limit. I hurt my left lateral collateral ligament in 2010 and ever since it has been an indicator of my legs’ fitness. Interestingly enough my right iliotibial tract has not bothered me at all! A year and something ago I went to the physio because it couldn’t take more than 15 mins running since I tore it in 2011. (Yup, I tore it. There was a hole in my iliotibial tract, my sisters pushed muscle back through the hole and it hurt like something else and took a year to recover!)
Anywy, so I walked the last bit, and that was a tiny bit cold towards the end.

For future reference: I have to get one of those iPhone arm things… my iPhone has GPS. My iPod Nano doesn’t.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in ADHD, Dear Diary, fitness, Health, Random

 

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