Posted by: Brenda | March 7, 2012

Day 3: Melting Snow and Emotions

This morning we had pumpkin muffins for breakfast…so good! I went snowshoeing for the first time this morning after a Pilates class. I’m not sure I will do Pilates again, as I found it very difficult and it hurt my tailbone with some of the positions. I’m looking forward to this evenings Stress Management class on “Making sleep work for you.” I am really glad I got the snowshoeing in this morning, as the snow has started to melt like crazy. I don’t know that it will still be here come next week. At this point, I’m thinking that next winter, I may invest in a pair for myself, so I can get out into nature during all seasons.

Right after lunch, we had a lecture on emotions that lead you to eat. The one quote I will take away from it is “The win is in the small step” and that acknowleding that small step is important for the bigger wins. I also got several strategies out of the class for handling emotions without turning to food:

  • Externalize emotions in a way that is safe for you (maybe through a punching bag, or swinging/rocking)
  • Music
  • Writing gratitude weekly
  • Finding things that inspire you

One thing I have noticed yesterday and today, is that after the classes dealing with emotional eating I came straight back to my room to “digest” the information as opposed to heading to the next exercise class. I think having that time to really think on the class afterwards is helpful for me, because I’m afraid to forget it all. I think that’s another reason having this blog is a good thing. It allows me to keep track of what I’ve learned, so I can go back and re-read it later (and it’s so much easier than hand-writing 10 pages in a journal).

I attended the “Making Sleep Work for You” lecture this evening and learned something I did not know. The human body temperature rises a couple of degrees around 3am (which can explain those early morning “wake-ups”). Speaking of waking in the middle of the night, I never thought about practicing meditation if I couldn’t fall back asleep. For some reason, my brain associated meditation with daytime. It was also suggested that we experiment to figure out what does and doesn’t work for us.

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  1. I think I read somewhere that 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted meditation can be the equivalent as a 1-2 hour nap. So, yeah, I can see that it would be helpful for early waking!


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