(health) Thoughts on stress

I’m under a lot of stress at the moment.  I’ll be honest – it’s mostly self-inflicted.  I’m autocratting (running, for those not familiar with SCA terms) a fairly large event Labor Day weekend called Harper’s Retreat, and the week before the event is always nerve-racking to me.  There’s SO much that needs to be done, and of course, my mind is racing as to what can possibly go wrong.  Weeks like this are when everything healthy I’m trying to do usually breaks down, and I end up eating fast food and barely sleeping.


Not this time.  I know this week is going to be hard, but I’m preparing ahead so that I don’t have to worry about what I’m eating, at least.  There is a beef stew prepped and in the fridge, all ready to be popped into the crockpot this morning.  It’s already in the crock insert, so all I need to do is add water, put it in the outer portion of the pot, and turn it on.  Dinner for Brian and I for the next two days.  We bought a lovely heirloom rye bread at the farmer’s market on Saturday, and some goat cheese with blueberries and pecans.  Yesterday, we bought apples and peppers at the local orchard, and honey ham from the grocery store.   My lunch and snacks are packed into bento boxes and ready to be popped into my lunch box.  All I need to do is make breakfast, and then go.


I’m going to continue to walk on lunch this week – I don’t think I’ll try and squeeze in gym time, because I don’t need one more stressor.  Part of my plan is to make sure I’m moving all week, so that I can work off some of the nervous energy.  And prepping my medications/lunch/dinner the night before (I’m only working Monday through Wednesday, luckily) to make sure that I get everything I need done.  I’ve got a checklist of what needs to be done for Harpers, and I know I’ll get it all done.  It’s just a matter of working through it.  And not losing my mind in the process.


I met with my nutritionist on Saturday, and got some new ideas (like finally using my bentos!) for adding protein to my midday snacks.  I’m falling back to grazing, which isn’t good for my waistline.  So I’ll be doing things like apple slices with peanut butter, lunch meat and fruit or apple sauce, maybe some of the rye bread with the goat cheese.  Cucumbers and pepper slices with cream cheese (although she wants me to cut down on the dairy).  Things like that.


Oh, I put new batteries in my scale.  Expect a weigh-in on Wednesday.


I’m just going to take it one day at a time.  That’s the way to do it.  One day at a time.

One Response to “(health) Thoughts on stress”

  1. Connie Cockrell

    Hang in there. I have the same situation. Our county fair is the 6th, 7th, and 8th of September. So of course this week I’m wildly frantic hoping I’ve covered everything that needs to be covered. Argh! The work of set up starts Monday/Tuesday and goes until the following Monday when we disassemble and tear down the Exhibits tent.

    You can do it!

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