1- Confessions: I have felt blah all week. I scrolled for a long time last night despite writing this post as a pep talk to myself to convince me to do otherwise! I missed yesterday’s workout and today’s is looking iffy.
This is all probably because call is challenging, call is stressful, and when I do it I just do not have much left. I have noted this before, but I really need to make an effort NOT to plan much or ask too much of myself on call weeks.
(Because it won’t get done and then I’ll feel a layer of guilt/shame lumped on top of call stress. It’s like Call 7-Layer Bars, and they are not tasty.)
What SHOULD I build in?
Relaxing rituals, easier workouts, extra help with the kids. Someday I may figure this out . . .
2- I’m not working this weekend, but I AM solo parenting. At least it will be a complete shift from the week. (I’ll just keep telling myself that . . .).
3- Blah, part 3. I have been eating terribly lately. I am giving nutritional advice to my own patients and not following it (#allthecarbs). I am sure this is contributing to overall feelings of blah. My clothes are not fitting as well and I can take full ownership as to why.
I will say in addition to lackluster eating habits, I also blame doing more running and less strength. Last summer when I was not running at all I was in excellent shape from a body composition standpoint. And it was fun. I LIKED those Beachbody calendars + paper tracking sheets! I really did miss running, though. I need to figure out how I can get a better balance. Maybe it’s impossible at my current life stage . . .
4- Summer. I’m sure our gross summers have something to do with #mood.
I mean, it’s not that bad. But it’s just so humid and the daily storms get so old (my mild phobia of lightning does not help). Our summer ends in . . . November (and sometimes not even then), so it’s not like we are almost through it, either.
5- I guess I need to practice gratitude, do my foundational habits, etc. But this is an acknowledgement that sometimes it can be hard to lift yourself out of a negative mood. (And no, I’m not PMS-ing!).
I feel bad that this “5” was no links and all whining! So here are a couple . . .
I did enjoy this Freakonomics episode: The Pros And Cons of America’s (Extreme) Individualism
Amanda’s Favorites shares the 3 Planning Views she needs (I 100% get this!)
After call ends on Monday evening, I have a (somewhat) easier week next and THEN we have a weeklong summer vac, which promises to be really low key (beach, pool, rental, and that’s basically it). We plan to tire the kids out in the morning and enjoy screen time/down time in the afternoon. I am going to read summery beach reads and we will cook simple family dinners. Hopefully that will help!