The Challenge Day 4

Stay on Track

Healthy food for all week. Check. I made a crock pot full of rice, quinoa, lentils, split peas, veggies, and spices. I can only wonder if something in this concoction is breaking my face out. I am used to eating healthy, but I am new to quinoa and a few of the spices I used. Also, I may not be accustomed to all of the extra virgin olive oil (healthy fat) that I am using in our food lately. We have enough of this food though to eat all week, so once it is gone, I will see if some ingredient in this dish is the cause.

Reflect

Q: What are your main day-to-day stressors?
A: Money, Accomplishing all my daily tasks, Keeping a clean desk, Planning and organizing for the future (not in any particular order)
Q: On a scale of one to 10, how stressed do you feel?
A: 5, In the middle. I don’t feel overly stressed, but I know I am stressed at times.
Q: What are your methods for dealing with stress?
A: Watching design shows. Playing video games. Cleaning. Organizing. Building things. And figuring out what caused the stess and either remove it or modify it so that it isn’t as stressful.
Q: Do you feel these methods are healthy or unhealthy?
A: I feel they are healthy methods. A little bit of escape/distraction. A little bit of constuctiveness. A little bit of busy tasks where I can think but not think too hard.
Q: What, if anything, would you like to change about how you react to and deal with stress?
A: I keep too much in. I need an outlet. Some people lash out and that just isn’t me. Some people vent to others, but I just don’t like putting my problems on others very much. Blogging can get me an outlet to vent if I like along with talking with my husband and sticking to my methods above.

Purifying Bath

Oops. Last night as I was reading ahead for the next couple days so I could be prepared for what is coming next, I read this section. I need ingredients that I don’t have and it is too late to run out and get them. A few tasks will just be out of sync. This would have derailed me last year when I attempted this challenge, but this year I am not going to let it. The ingredients don’t seem so bad at least: Epsom Salts, Grapefruit Oil, Baking Soda and possibly Jojoba or Almond Oil. I can find most of these items at our local health store and what I don’t find there, I can find at any drugstore hopefully.

Other Findings

I am probably not doing as well with the media detox as I should be. Positive moments: no watching of news, no unnecessary web surfing, less general computer time. Not-so-positive moments: more watching of TV than normal (design shows were building up on my DVR and I didn’t want to loose them), can not get out of checking my email before bed but trying to figure out a way, I am journalling on my computer rather than a notebook which increases my computer time but in no way compares to normal computer time.