Posts tagged ‘health’

May 3, 2010

Don’t…Panic

Alright peeps, let’s hunker down and talk about something less frivolous, shall we? President Obama…HAHA JUST KIDDING, I’m not going to start talking about politics.

Here’s the deal: I’ve been going through some shizz lately and one thing that’s got my Hanky Pankies in a twist is the fact that there’s a bit of a stigma associated with talking about it. The result is that sometimes I feel alone in this ridonkulous experience I’m having. And I’m not going to take it sitting down!

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So, after that way-too-huge buildup, I would like to share with you, my readers who are always nice to me except sometimes, that I have anxiety. Like, the bad kind. Wamp, wamp, who cares right? It’s taken me some time to realize that for people dealing with anxiety, “who cares” isn’t really the best answer.

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Anxiety can manifest in a bajillion different ways, but it makes this little Wiggs feel like she’s swimming in Jell-O (only much less delicious and strawberry-flavored). I get stuck on the couch sometimes, unable to make myself do anything productive like change out of my pajamas or work out or turn off Real Housewives of NYC even though I’ve seen the episode three times already (TEAM BETHENNY!). And then the sleep disruption – gah. I wake up like six times a night believing down to my core that Dave and Baxter are dead, so I get up all creepy-stalker-like and feel their chests to make sure they’re still breathing. And don’t even get me started on my inability to concentrate.

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My therapist (yep, I have a real-live therapist who lets me sit on her couch and talk about myself for an hour at a time!) says that my inability to take action is called “avoidance” and that it’s pretty common. Apparently all of those times I told myself, “WIGGS! Get off the couch and stop being lazy!” I was making things worse, because anxiety isn’t just laziness or procrastination; it’s a real issue that some people need extra help to overcome.

Which is annoying, because I’ve never heard of anyone who feels like this. But over the past couple of months, reading blogs like this one and this one, I’ve noticed that there are people – brave people who are open about it – going through their own crap.

And THEN! Yesterday at church (I’m not about to get all preachy on your ass, just hold on a sec) the pastor was talking about feeling “stuck” in life. I felt so much better just hearing someone acknowledge it that I resolved to buck up and tell you people about it. Because maybe you’re going through something similar. And even though I can’t really help you, I want you to know that you’re not alone, and you’re not a lame-ass just because you can’t force yourself out of it. I started a formspring for anyone who wants to know more about my own experiences. You can click that link and ask me any anonymous question (anxiety-related or not) and I’ll answer. Even mean ones.

This dude says:

…it is crucial that both scientific and lay communities work toward dispelling the myth that anxiety disorders are somehow less important — or worse, insignificant — in the vast landscape of psychiatric illnesses. We’re not talking about a normal response to stress here. Anxiety, when it develops into pathology, may be diagnosed as social phobia, separation anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anorexia, and bulimia, among a host of other maladies.

Here are some helpful links, though if you think you’ve got anxiety disorder (or panic disorder, or depression, or anything really) you should consider talking to a professional who can give you specific strategies for getting your life back on track.

Ten Tips for Dealing with Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety and Panic: Gaining Control Over How You’re Feeling

How to Cope with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

And then this awesome book (that is in dire need of a new title) given to me by my therapist

…annnnywayyy…I know this is definitely not why most of you read this blog, but on the off-chance that at least one of you would benefit I had to say something. And for those who this doesn’t apply to, at least you know why my posts have been so sporadic, right? And why I haven’t been working out or putting on makeup much, right? Right? Bueller?

(P.S. all of the photos in this post are recipes I will be posting soon. Also, are there any makeup-related requests out there? I can’t decide what to write about next.)

March 23, 2009

Anyone heard about this new-fangled “sleep diet”?

I first heard about this on The Girls Next Door (which is a GREAT show to watch if you want to have a healthy body-image…nothing like a bunch of trussed-up bimbos with nothing better to do than perfect their tans and get boob jobs). One of them – I believe it was Kendra Wilkinson – said something along the lines of: “The sleep diet is easy! Every time you feel hungry, just go to sleep for a while, and then when you wake up, you won’t be hungry anymore!” That show is amazing. You can’t make this stuff up.

The only guaranteed way to get me to sleep is to feed me...this is me after my second Thanksgiving dinner this year. Note the double-chin that grew between meals 1 and 2.

A guaranteed way to get me to sleep is to feed me...this is me after my second Thanksgiving dinner this year. Note the double-chin that grew between meals 1 and 2.

So it turns out, though, that the Sleep Diet is actually a real thing, with some convincing-sounding and hard-to-pronounce scientific theory to back it up.

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February 27, 2009

About my exercise schedule…

Okay peeps. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve gotta come clean about something. I kind of fell off the wagon on the workout train (holy mixed metaphors, Batman!). I dunno, I just got really busy with business school stuff and work stuff and wedding stuff…and next thing I know, it’s been a full two days with nary a crunch, curl, or cartwheel. Not that I ever do cartwheels to work out, but in the interest of alliteration, let’s pretend that I do.

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This is where I've spent most of the past week...working from home is nice, but it also leaves me feeling sluggish if I don't force myself to get up and movin'

You may or may not know that I had a little New Year’s resolution-ish thingy that I did. Unfortunately, it didn’t take. For one, I ended up going out of town and being forced to skip a couple of days, and…I don’t know, I just never really got into the groove. It worked in the sense that I ended up working out way more than I normally do, and most days I went longer than my minimum goal, but as soon as I started skipping days and losing track…wow, I feel bummed writing all of that out.

Part of my reason for being such a slacker was that I knew my half-marathon training would have to start soon. Still, I’ve been very all-or-nothing about this whole thing. As soon as I miss one workout, I get all self-critical and defeatist, and next thing I know I’m crumpled on the kitchen floor with an empty box of peanut-butter chocolate chip cookies, a swollen and painful belly, and no memory of how I got there. (Exaggeration, but you get my point.)

So what am I gonna do about it? Well, for one thing, I’m officially starting my training for the half-marathon on Monday. But in order to stay on track, I think I need to come up with a schedule for myself. No more of this, “Oh, I’ll write for a couple of hours and then head up to the gym when I feel energized.” That doesn’t work for me. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to wake up an hour earlier than I’ve been doing (which means I need to go to bed earlier) and get myself moving. Maybe I’ll just put on my iPod and go on a brisk walk, or maybe I’ll take another shot at Yoga…I guess that’ll depend on the weather. (Hear that, Chicago? That’s code for STOP POURING RAIN ALL OVER ME FOR LORD’S SAKE)

So, yeah, sorry that the workout posts have been lacking. But that’s why I started this blog – I’m just a normal gal, with normal feelings about her health and her body, who’s (grumpily) trying to make herself love working out. I’m hoping that people see a bit of themselves in me. And sometimes I’m going to drop the Bozu ball, you know?

What do YOU do when you’re in a workout slump? Or any sort of slump for that matter? It’s so easy in this age of computers and television to sink into a sluggish state, mentally and/or physically, so I’d love to hear if y’all have any tips or tricks for pulling yourself out of it. As always, leave your answers in the comments!

February 25, 2009

Gettin’ ready

Trader Joes calles their vitamin like "Trader Darwins" which I find hilar.

Trader Joe's calls their vitamins "Trader Darwin's," which I find hilar.

Look what I’ve been taking every day!

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February 25, 2009

The best thing you can do for your health

I wish it tasted as good as it looks

I wish it tasted as good as it looks

…is drink half your body weight in ounces of water every day. I know this. I’ve known this for a long time. So I really have no excuse for the fact that most days I don’t take a single sip of water.

Today marks the start my two-week water experiment. I’m going to drink 64 ounces of water – just plain water – every day. (Okay, okay, I’ll do the math for you: 64 oz of water means that I weigh 128 pounds. However, if and when I lose weight, I won’t curb my water intake.)

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