Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ornish: day 3

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Quote du jour:
We become addicted to what makes us unconscious, so we don't feel the pain we create. The temporary pleasure is used to hide the chronic pain. Worse than that, when we blunt the capacity to feel pain, we also diminish the capacity to feel pleasure, joy, and love, both for ourselves and others. When we can deal with the pain more directly, then we can increase our awareness and joy rather than diminish it.
- Dean Ornish

Goal of the day: Okay, if something bugs me today, I'm going to leap on the elliptical. Well, I will if I'm near the elliptical. If someone at work bugs me, I'll try some push ups, squats, and stretching. If none of those are possible, I'll write it out. I will not try to drown the anger, angst, or annoyance in food.
(Watch today turn out to be a perfect day, with no irritations at all. What the hell. It could happen.)
Well.... can't really call this one a fail or a win. It'll have to go to the judges. The thing is, I was so sleep-deprived, after three days of putting the To Do list ahead of sleep, that I was too zombie-like to get irked about anything. The good part about this is that people stopped asking me to do One More Thing because they could see how tired I was. The bad thing is that I didn't get a single chance to practice positive ways of dealing with angst. I'm pretty damn sure I'll get another shot at this goal another day.

Goal of the week: Day 3 of the yoga-all-week.
Done! And almost 40 minutes until Midnight. This is an accomplishment.

Exercise du jour: 30 minutes on the elliptical -- even if I'm not irritated.
Done! And before 10 pm, even. Much better.


Roxie said...

I totally agree with today's Ornish quote. And your goal of the day is awesome. I look forward to reading how it goes for you today. I'm hoping for a perfect day for you.

Lee said...

That quote is quite profound really. If you don't get bugged today, I can come back later and try to bug ya.

The Merry said...

Aw gee, Lee... you're all heart ;)

Roxie, so far so good!

messymimi said...

Every day is a chance to practice this, especially if you have kids.

By the way, one of my favorite saying is, "I will not attribute evil intent when stupidity is an equally plausible explanation for someone's behavior." It has saved me from getting angry many a time.