When Your Body Has a PSA.

    Written on September 2, 2015 | no responses

How many times have we over exerted ourselves in our lives? Whether it’s work, the gym, etc., how many times have we pushed ourselves beyond our limit only to feel extremely sore and achy when morning comes? We may even praise ourselves for the preservance and endurance to push and go that extra mile in our minds, but can our bodies actually keep up? Are our bodies equipped to handle such an extreme amount of over-exertion? For some of you, the answer is yes. For me, it’s a “yea you can, buuuuttt.. girl..honey.. CHILE!”

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I recently shared that I had been in some pain after a morning power walk gave me a little extra power to go hard in my backyard. I was a little achy for a few days and then the pain seemed to subside so I figured I’d continue with the same amount of effort and get a few more things done. And then the aches returned, but this time, with a vengeance. I thought the pain would eventually subside like before, but instead, it lingered around much longer. And then longer turned into another week. And then another. And two weeks in, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was painful to get in and out bed, to stand, to laugh, cough, turn my body, and everything that could involve moving my back. It began to travel down my buttocks and down my right leg.

And finally the pain brought me to extreme discomfort and tears.

I was told I have sciatica. Because of my herniated disk. Because I didn’t pick up an extremely heavy in its proper manner. And furthermore, all because I didn’t allow my body to properly heal from the earlier aches and pains.

Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body.

Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk, bone spur on the spine or narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) compresses part of the nerve. This causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg.

Although the pain associated with sciatica can be severe, most cases resolve with non-operative treatments in a few weeks. People who have severe sciatica that’s associated with significant leg weakness or bowel or bladder changes might be candidates for surgery. — Mayo Clinic

As of now, my condition is under control. I am on medication throughout the day and heavily medicated at night. I also soak every night. I’m fine. But when the doctor told how worse the situation could have been had I continued to wait and try to take care of it myself, I couldn’t hold back my tears. Partly because I was still in pain while being diagnosed — but also because I hadn’t listened to what my body was telling me which is also partly how I lost my mother almost three years ago.

Our body warns us. We have been with it x amount of years and we know what’s wrong but we disregard the warnings. For me, it’s because I generally have a high tolerance for pain (thanks to natural child birth) and also because I’m an extremely busy person. I’m always on the go so my tolerance and schedule work hand in hand.

But then there are times like these when our bodies refused to be ignored.

This has definitely been a wake-up call. I’m grateful for the diagnosis of a manageable condition. But that also got me thinking about something else — about how physically inactive I am at times. How my gym membership hasn’t seen me in so long, they send those We Miss You! emails. I started thinking about how I sit at my work desk for such a long period of time. My eating habits. My eating choices. My children. My mom. My well-being overall.

And again, although this is a manageable condition, it’s time to start practicing a much healthier lifestyle.

So here’s to a restart.

My Work-Life Balance: Morning Routine.

    Written on August 25, 2015 | 3 responses

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Finally a post that isn’t about home decor and yard work. -__- It’s coming — #jusswaitonnit /drake voice

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how I do it and maintain it all, I’d have enough money to hire my own personal assistant so I won’t have to figure out how to maintain it all. Seriously. To some, I may make my life look easy — but it’s far from that. So to answer the questions that I am asked on the regular, I decided to do a few blog posts on my Work + Life Balance techniques. So, I’ll tell you about Balancing Work, School, & Life in three different posts.

Working in the IT industry where there is constant change is not for everyone. And as I move upward and am given more responsibility, sometimes I can have 4 meetings a day or one meeting that can last two hours. No day is really the same so sometimes it gets a little challenging to try to plan for the day. I still get frustrated. There are times where I am late. There are times when I forget. And there are times where I have so much shit to do that I decide to take a nap instead. Judge me.

But there is a method to MY madness. And it all starts with my mornings. How my mornings go typically set the mood for how the day is going to go. I usually wake up around 6:17 AM, odd timing.. I know but it works for me. It gives me to time to reflect, find my center, and just enjoy the peace and quiet before the world awakens. I usually prepare my outfit, bags, kids’ belongings, etc. at night so we can just grab and go in the morning. The kids usually sit and eat breakfast at home and at school, but I take mine and eat at the office before I start my work.

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After breakfast, I make my to-do list for the tasks that I have to complete for the workday. Last Friday, I got a taste of my new role as a project management assistant while also having to fulfill my duties as an application test analyst. Before double duty, I used have a load of sticky notes that I stick everywhere so I’m constantly reminded of the things that I have to do. Now, I make a two To-Do Lists every single day and I categorize the tasks based on importance & the amount of time I have to complete said tasks. This method hasn’t failed me yet. I tried going a week without my daily to-do lists and my planner. Major disaster. It took me weeks to get back on track. So now, I make it a point to make my lists so that I cover all that I need to do.

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I also have a schedule. I typically don’t try to plan my entire day because anxiety.. but when it comes to meetings, it helps to shape and keep me on point with all the of the things that I’ve written on my to-do list. And everything is handwritten — I’m the type that needs to cross an item off a list. That cross out just makes it more real for me and keeps my momentum up. Now, I won’t say that I have the type of schedule that I absolutely follow at all times no matter the situation or the cost. Because life happens and I just can’t. I don’t plan and schedule every little detail of my life. In the past, that caused more confusion and made me even more frustrated.

This may be excessive to you, but all that I do works for me. What I want you to take away from this is that you have to find your niche.. your methods.. and what works for you and your family. You may not need a planner or you may not be as busy as I am. You may not need 1000 lists. Find out what works for you and do it.

I’d also like to hear about your methods. I may need to adopt some. How do you get your mornings started? Tell me in the comments below. What are some of your methods to getting through your busy day? How to you remain productive?

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