Few things to note:
-I've been having stabbing pain in my back since May. I finally went to the doctor last week and she asked if I had been in a car accident. Apparently I have a severe muscle spasm. I'm taking 6 pills a day of muscle relaxers and other crap. I'm exhausted.
-About 5 weeks ago I was hitting the gym hard and then I ended up fucking up my right knee. Slowly getting back into a groove for light exercise.
-About 3 weeks ago I caught some really bad throat infection (during the trip up to New Hampshire). So bad that I was coughing up blood and it hurt to swallow (as bad as strep).
-About 2 days ago with the change in season, my allergies kicked in and my face was leaking like a faucet and was doing shotgun-loud sneezes.
Combine all these and I'm drained of any energy. I have enough to push myself to go to work, hit the treadmill, shower, aaaaaand that's about it most days. Sometimes I get a little pep and get some other crap done but it's been tough. I don't like having people do shit for me so even though I've been various levels of sick the past couple of weeks and I'm asked if anything can be done - not really. I can't stand that stereotype of guys being babies and acting like they are dying if they're a little sick.
I'm on the mend but I couldn't even post this past week despite me knowing the challenge already started. Better late than never. Haven't missed a challenge since so I'm not starting now.
This challenge I'm just healing. I'm trying to go for short walks, eat right, and study a bit for my LCSW exam. I guess I could make goals this challenge but in reality, the overall goal here is just to get into a good groove.
1) Whole 30 - The usual. Lots of slip-ups while I was sick. Totally admit it. However when I went to the Dr the other day I've lost over 20 pounds so that's good.
2) Gym - 3x week. I'm trying to go Mon/Tues/Wed, but usually I'm so tired that I don't get to do them and end up missing one of those and going later in the week.
3) Finish the bedroom - I finally cleared out my old bedroom/the storage room that had my mom's hoarding crap. I've condensed all of the furniture and her stuff into HER old room, which I now lock and don't ever go in. I just moved up my mattress, boxspring, bureau, clothes, etc upstairs to the old/new bedroom and I've been taking it a little bit at a time.
4) Study - 3x week. What's nice is that since I'm sick of the music that's on my knockoff ipod (I have an iRiver), I've been bringing flashcards for the LCSW exam with me and reading over those while I hit the elliptical so I want to keep doing that.
I have smaller projects but honestly, these are the big things. I'm currently sitting at my laptop and have an electrical heating pad thingy against my lower back. If I can get back to 100% by the end of the challenge, I'll consider this a win. In all honesty, what I need to do is get into a steady schedule and just go on auto-pilot for like 6 months and I'll be doing fucking great. Auto-pilot for studying, exercise, whole30, etc would be amazing.