Friday, February 8, 2013

Not Feeling It

Last night, Terry and I attended The Gift, a play at Geffen Playhouse in Westwood. All through college, we never went to a play there, but Jenn invited us and we thought it would be really fun. Turns out we were right! The Gift was hilarious (the playwright is known for her one-liners and they didn't disappoint) but also extremely thought-provoking. And I can't say enough about the phenomenal acting; James Van Der Beek was one of the four actors! Yay Dawson! We also loved the theatre; it was small and charming and cozy and a delightful experience.

All that culture last night resulted in no workout this morning. In fact, it was a rough week in general. And actually--I've debated writing about this for fear of coming off as a whiny...but, hey, why not?--I haven't felt great lately. Since before Christmas, if I'm being honest. But I also can't totally explain how I feel. Mostly, I suppose, it's a general feeling of unhealthyness.

It's not that I'm not trying: you know we've been attacking our morning workouts; we create lots of healthy meals at home; I have been sleeping more than usual; I'm even doing yoga again. But there's something making me feel unhealthy, and I can't put my finger on what it is or why it's having such an effect on me.

But I do know that I control how I feel. My plan:

  • Remember perspective. I am still an overall healthy person, even if I'm not feeling it lately.
  • To reduce that yucky feeling, I need to cut out the yucky stuff. While I'm not into cleanses or fasts, I think I could do a week of no refined sugar and no alcohol. I think that change will help me mentally reset and feel better.
  • Maintain balance. I've been doing well with my workouts lately, and I can't let this feeling push me beyond my limits. 5-6 workouts per week, while listening to my body, is plenty. 
  • Increase the good stuff. I can always add more fruits, vegetables, and water. And certainly more positive thoughts about myself. 
Tomorrow Terry and I are heading to San Diego to see my "baby" (she's a freshman in college, but I remember when she was born) cousin play water polo. We really love that area of Southern California, and we're looking forward to a night away to relax. I also have Monday off, so I can't wait for a pupil-free day of grading! Hooray!

How do you get rid of that unhealthy feeling? Any suggestions?


  1. i think sometimes we all need a break, and overall you are a healthy individual. cut yourself some slack, you work very hard and it is tough! have a great weekend.

  2. I totally get that feeling and unfortuantely, I've had an underlying feeling like that since moving back home. For me, I think it's because I'm not doing my own grocery shopping (for the most part) and others are cooking my food, so things don't feel quite as clean. I also know I'm eating more processed foods than I usually do (though still trying to limit) but those never leave me feeling great.

  3. Sounds like you had a really good time.

    When I have that unhealthy feeling I try to drink more water or take an extra 15 min to sit in the sauna at the gym.