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02/08/2012 - A Plan of Action

posted Feb 8, 2012, 8:03 AM by Kelli Daniels
    For the past few weeks I have really been dragging.  I have been sore and tired all the time and it has really been bringing me down.  Last night I decided that I had wallowed enough and it was time to take some action.  I formulated a multi-pronged attack plan that was sure to make some positive impact.  Part 1: go to bed earlier.  Part 2: ice more regularly.  Part 3: stretch more.  Seems simple enough.  

    After dinner, I stretched on the floor in the den while half-watching basketball on tv.  My presence on the floor signaled to the dog that it was playtime.  Which was fine.  I tried to simultaneously stretch and play with the dog with mixed results, but I think it was a decent success.  I got some stretching done and the dog had a fun time playing fetch and chewing on me.

    Following my "stretching," I announced that I was heading off to get ready for bed.  It was 8:45.  Matt asked if I was feeling okay, and I explained that this was my new plan for success.  I was hoping to be sound asleep by 9:30.  Matt said "oh.  ok."  I was in bed shortly after 9:00 and laid there ready for sleep.  And then I laid there some more.  And then I laid there some more.  I got up to go to the bathroom and the clock said 10:30.  Boo.  I had been trying to fall asleep for an hour and a half already!  Matt came to bed shortly after 10:30 and I think I finally fell asleep around 11:00.  Which is when I usually go to bed.  Which seems to have defeated the purpose of going to bed at 9:00...  Additionally, once I did finally fall asleep, I kept waking up thinking that I had overslept.  By the time my alarm went off at 5:00, I am pretty sure I was more tired than usual.

    Accordingly, I was super grumpy on my warm-up over to the Progress House, but we had a huge happy group this morning despite the crappy weather and my grumpiness immediately dissipated upon arrival.  I couldn't be grumpy with all the hugging and smiling and good morning-ing going on.

    My run was good, and I think my foot is feeling better than it has for the past week or so.  I iced my knee a little when I got home from practice, and I made more ice cups so that I can ice it more thoroughly tonight.  Despite the initial hurdles, I am still planning on executing my three part plan.  Maybe tonight I will try going to bed at 10:00 instead of 9:00.  Maybe I need to ease into the early bedtime a little more.