Monday, May 7, 2012

Mentally Preparing

After Saturday's RPM class I decided I wouldn't go to the gym anymore before traveling. First of all, RPM still causes me a bit of lower abdominal pain (because of the fibroids). There were some parts of the last three tracks that I struggled with. Aside from the pain, I'm just feeling very overwhelmed at the moment. I'm distracted and I'm stressed. On top of that, I'm not getting any sleep (only 2 hours last night) and my migraines are back.

So for me, the logical step was just to slow down for a bit and concentrate on relaxing. I also know that the more flustered/stressed/exhausted I get, the more likely it is that I'll lose my concentration at the gym and wind up hurting myself. That's definitely not something that I want to happen at the moment. So yesterday and today were all about getting ready for tomorrow's trip.

I'm teetering between excitement and completely anxiety/paranoia. This is 4 1/2 years of research and writing that's going to be judged. I have no idea what they're going to ask. I'm nervous that I haven't prepared enough but at the same time, I know what work I've done ... I guess what I'm feeling is only natural. Anyway.

Not much to report from me on the health and fitness front. I'm working on keeping mentally calm and focused right now. My bags are packed; I'm all checked in on-line. I just need to get on the plane and get through this next phase.

Will blog from Canterbury next :)  


  1. Wow, seems like the stress has caught up with you a bit. I think you are smart to scale back for a few days while you get through your defense. I can only imagine how stressful this has got to be. But you are prepared! You can do it!!

    Safe travels to you. I hope you are able to get some sleep on the plane. Take care!

  2. Excellent decision to try to relax and not increase the pain or anxiety. Missing sleep is definitely not good. Hope things go great for you on the trip. Now breathe. :)

  3. Have a great trip! You're going to do great!!!

    :-) Marion

  4. I have migraines too. They are horrible. Do you take prescription meds for them? I don't. Only because I don't have insurance. Otherwise, I'd be all over it.

    I hope you have a great trip. You are going to do wonderful!


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