It’s a little after 2 am and I’m wide awake. I don’t want to be. It’s nothing new, really, because insomnia is my frenemy. What is fairly new is pain-induced insomnia. Thanks to fellow spoonies, I now know that painsomnia is real and unfortunately common.
So, what do I do when painsomnia strikes? It depends. Tonight I’ve played around on Instagram and Facebook. Sometimes I work if I have a deadline around the corner. If I’m still awake in an hour, I’ll go pack lunches for the family. Or not. The thought of the 5 am alarm going off while I stare at the ceiling is a downer.
I’m going to meditate for a while in corpse pose and hope I can drift off. If not, I’ll see you later.
Do you get insomnia? How do you cope?
Yes, it’s a new month complete with a new tropical storm (hi, Bertha). Kids are heading back to school, tax-free shopping weekend sales are starting, and the thought of a quiet house between 8 and 3 pm is making parents giddy.
Sorry, kids. Well, no, not really.
To me, the start of a new month is time to reflect on the gains of the previous month and set new targets for the current month. Notice I said gains? It’s my way of focusing on the positive. In July I increased resistance, speed, and strength. I hit a smaller size. I wanted to shop for clothing instead of just grabbing whatever I thought would fit. It sunk in that I need to eat if I’m going to succeed. No more drastic cuts to calorie intake. For August I want to increase my aquatic therapy sessions. I want to wear a certain top and have it look good. I want to improve on July’s fitness targets. See, all positive and also realistic and attainable. It took years to fall apart and it takes time to fully recover, heal, and thrive.
What are your August targets? You can reach them. I’ll be right here, cheering you on.
My ankle is just another in a long line of bone and joint issues. But that’s ok. I will not let it defeat me! I might have to sit still for a while – well, kinda still – but I’m still working toward my goals. I’ll just be hobbling for a few.
My progress may not me the same as yours, and that’s okay. Progress is the goal. Consistency is key.
I am sore and hate every second of it, but am walking on air! Another three pounds, gone! Another few inches, gone! While my official measurement day is a week away, I decided to take a peek. After this past few days of pain, I needed something to make me feel like the work is paying off. It’s paying, baby!
Clean eating + working as hard as I can = progress. My progress may not me the same as yours, and that’s okay. Progress is the goal. Consistency is key. It took me a long, long time to learn that. It finally clicked and things are moving in the right direction.
I will get through this. I will continue to work within safe parameters while working hard. I will continue to get stronger. I will continue down this path.
Here’s to finding the path that is yours. And finding success on it.
Until next time, peace.