Day 9

  I figured I would start this blog earlier today as it will be another late night. I slept in today after crashing around 1:30am. I woke up at 10:30am. I am still quite groggy. I got up had my energy boost, then breakfast and now I'm just waiting for my coffee to get in and breakfast to settle before I attempt to do my 30-Day Challenges. I have the feeling it's going to be quite a challenge. 

  I was hoping to spiralize things today, but I'm not sure that I'm going to have time since I woke up so late. I did need rest, so it's a good thing. I think I'll just manage to get my workout done and meal prep for today. 

  My period takes a toll both emotionally and physically for me. It magnifies little doubts into huge monsters. It makes me cry at almost everything for no reason. It exhausts me. It can make me sick. This all happens during and after PMS. It almost feels like I'm tied down by my own body for two weeks out of every month. It's so hard to control and so hard to explain to someone else what it is like. Not all women share the same symptoms. Some have worse and some have better. 

  Today was not a good day for it. Today, at the beginning, everything was making me want to cry. Everything was making me think things were so much worse than they probably are. (This really doesn't help as I tend to overthink and overanalyze everything anyway.) I didn't actually get to doing my 30-Day Challenges until around 2pm, but I did them. Did I do the best I've done so far? No; but, some days just doing them is a victory. I felt so much better and more in control after I had done them. Never underestimate the power of exercise. Even just getting outside and walking around the block can make all the difference in your mood.

  I struggled through these exercises today, but I did them:

  1. 100 sec Plank & Reach
  2. 120 sec Push Ups
  3. 120 sec Tricep Dips
  4. 55 Squats
  5. 35 Bridges
  6. 40 Lunges
  7. 100 sec Curtsey Lunges
  8. 100 sec Box Jumps
  9. 100 sec Sumo Squats

  I may not have accomplished as much as I planned to today, but I did do that. It made all the difference in turning my mood around and giving me some semblance of control. I did well with my eating and still stuck to the two-hour schedule even though I started off later than normal. The energy boosts definitely helped and I don't think I would have survived today without coffee. In case you're wondering, I do not put milk or sugar in my coffee. It's a French Vanilla coffee (not high in sugar content) that I brew with some pumpkin pie spice in it. 

  I have one day left in the cleanse phase. Tomorrow I do double duty (both jobs). Same thing on Tuesday. I'll be getting on the scale tomorrow for my weekly weighing. May do measurements too. I'm curious to see where I'll be morning of day 10.