Monday, April 23, 2007

getting out more

photo by daisyk

Part of the reason for yesterday's crabby post, I think, is that I've been sick. I had not been able to do much in the way of activity, and as a result I was feeling cooped up and fat and generally crabby.

I'm feeling less tired and I actually got out this morning and took a nice long walk. It was a gorgeous morning and we had rough weather predicted for the afternoon, so I put the dissertation work on the back burner in favor of getting out and getting some fresh air and improving my outlook on life. I did do a little bit of reading to keep the guilt at bay, but mostly I was interested in clearing my mind and recharging my batteries.

It seems to have worked. It's so easy for me to forget that a little activity, sunshine, and fresh air can go a long way toward making me feel like a human being instead of a troll. I didn't see a lot of people out in the early morning, just birds and flowers.

I have yoga class tonight and that usually also helps calm my nerves and make me a more pleasant person to be around. People think that yoga is about bending like a pretzel -- to me, the challenging positions are more of a means to an end. If the position is tough enough, I can't worry about my job prospects or my chances of finishing my dissertation on schedule. It also helps work out some of the kinks caused by being at a computer for my job, my schoolwork, and a good chunk of my leisure time.

Weigh-in is tomorrow, my final one of this Weight Watchers @ Work session. I'm not sure it will be a good one -- my food hasn't been really good and I've been housebound most of the week -- but I'll hope for the best.

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