This past week was tough, After our trip to the wizards of oz, Joel and I did not take time necessary to recover. The trip pushed us into adreneline surge #4,635 and we just kept riding the wave......until we both hit some kind of wall at different times. As one friend says, "Feeling better is dangerous." When our energy improved we feel so darn good it is hard not to throw caution to the wind! We are still trying to regain our energy levels. So, taking inspiration from Shelli and Jo's activity and baseline lists, Sue's links to the articles on Post Exercise Malaise, and my target setting group (connected to Bruce Campbell's program) working on "pacing", I decided to get my own list written up and take it more seriously. Just where is my baseline? What can I tolerate activity wise? How do I pace? Activities that give me energy* or that I can normally tolerate well with no energy drain:
Reading Watching easy going TV shows Writing on paper/Drawing Bible Study/devotions 10 minutes on the computer *Meditation CD's Getting dressed for the day Reading emails or getting letters from family and friends Getting snacks or rewarming lunch. *Sitting on Porch *Resting after activities/taking 2 long rests/naps per day Activities that I normally tolerate with an energy drain requiring 5-15 minutes of rest: Writing posts on computer Spending 30 minutes or less on computer Walking up and down stairs in house Doing a couple minutes of dishwashing/picking up Bath Walking out to the curb to get the mail Watching/participating in live online church services Going for a short drive in town Preparing Lyme herbs and supplements for the day.
Activities that create an energy drain requiring 30-60 minutes rest Talking on the phone 15-30 minutes Walking a steady 2-3 minutes for exercise Helping cook or cooking a light meals Paying the bills Spending over 30 minutes on computer Watching a stressful TV show Household chore
Activities that can trigger moderate post exercise malaise requiring 3 or more days rest and little activity.
Out of the norm emotional stress
Having people over for a visit
Having family come stay
Having a cold or flu
I am hoping that I can access where I can spend less energy~ like on the computer~ so I have energy for something else. More balance in my days. I do have warning symptoms that come up when I am doing too much, like an increase of internal shaking, or an increase in being wired but tired. I just need to listen and learn, so I can live more of a pace of grace!