Magdelene's new training journal

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I started a new one because when I went to post in the old one it brought up a system message saying that since I hadn't posed in over 120 days in the other one that it was advised to do so.  Not only that, but I had started that one off in kind of a "wa ha" whining way and I think I can do better than that.  I don't know how often I will keep this up, since I'm not really good at keeping a journal, but I think I'll have a try at it again.

Lately I really don't feel like I have been making progress because I've been struggling with the disease clinical depression and it has really gotten to me with the advent of being in a situation where I once again have to try to solve the unemployment problem.  I remember from the Bible that Jesus said John the Baptist was the greatest man born of woman, and he wore animal skins and ate wild locusts and honey.  The way I feel about the economy lately I feel like I'm ready to join him!  LOL

Anyway, this is kind of another beginning for me and I have been thinking about my life and the Jedi way and what I should change and how to continue while facing what I'm facing.  It occurs to me that step one should be to strengthen myself and considering things perhaps I only feel like I'm not making any progress.  A lot of that comes from comparing myself to others.  So that is perhaps why I feel like I'm not getting anywhere.  I have to consider that this is me.  This is what "I" can do.  It's not about comparing myself to others.

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Magdelene Nashira replied the topic: Re: Magdelene's new training journal

The last couple of days I have started on a "re-organization" project for my living space.  I re-arranged the furniture and cleaned the place up a bit and re-organized my storage.  This work did give me a physical workout, but more than that it gives me a better frame of mind when I'm trying to work on projects.  Has definitely helped a lot for my attitude.  I'm also working on catching up on a lot of work that has had to be put aside or has been put aside simply because I was too depressed to face it there for a while.  Am also starting to work on figuring out how to generate income as am unemployed again.  I have another decision to make as to scheduling my time.  I don't know if I should do that or just sort of work as it goes, but first I need to figure out what all I'm trying to accompish.  So I'll be working on those things.

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Magdelene Nashira replied the topic: Re: Magdelene's new training journal

Am primarily focusing on job hunting this week as for some reason I was surprised to see several jobs I could qualify for listed in the employment website.

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Jax replied the topic: Re: Magdelene's new training journal

Those are good surprises though ;-) With all my education I'm still only qualified for a few jobs.  Seems that experience is a problem no matter how much education you have.  Good luck!  Think positive and trust that things are as they need to be for your path in life.
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Magdelene Nashira replied the topic: Re: Magdelene's new training journal

Jax - Yeah, I'm finding lack of experience an issue with my medical clerical applications, but I've had a lot of other non-medical clerical applications that I can put in.  Seems strange because before I went to school it was the opposite way around.  Ads for medical clerks everywhere and non-medical clerical was non-existant.  Can't win!  LL

As to my training, I recently came to the conclusion that perhaps I was overwhelmed by the thoughts of training and so forth.  So what I decided to do was to not have an official routine.  Rather, I would just sort of do things that I felt were making moves toward living a healthier lifestyle as I saw them.  Just living it.  I think this seems to be working because I know my diet has been better simply because I am not focussed on eating all the time.  I like working toward my own self-employment and I find that I don't notice I'm hungry a lot of times.  I also move more just naturally in order to get things done.  So I'm just going to keep thinking of ways to make more movement and to make movement fun.

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Magdelene Nashira replied the topic: Re: Magdelene's new training journal

Today I've been doing a lot of thinking about this and realize that the main reason I don't proceed with training is simply the issue of pain.  I have plantir fascitis, which is a muscle problem on my feet.  It makes standing on them for any length of time cause pain, not only in my feet but it seems to mess with my muscles all over, and particularly in my back.  My normal routine was to get on the tread mill for 15 min.  This kept causing pain though, and I kind of quit because having to deal with that pain while going to school was too much.  At least that's my assessment of my failure now.  However, in the true spirit of Jedi, I am continuing to think out a solution to the problem.

Today I realize that when dealing with pain there are essentially two choices:
  1. - The Veregere approach.  This is the "embrace the pain" training that I have had some success with.  Kind of a mind over matter approach in which you recognize pain as a friend rather than resisting the idea of having pain.

  2.  - Rid yourself of the pain or lessen the pain.  This isn't always possible, which is why it's good to learn number one.

However now as I've been dealing with it I have decided that maybe I will try an approach that is closer to the second choice.  I think what I will try is cutting the tread mill down to just 5 minutes.  That is better than nothing and as I recall it actually did take me time to build up to the 15 minutes when I was doing so well before.  So I'm going to try doing just 5 minutes and then see what other exercises I can do either in a sitting position or a lying down position.  This would cut down on exercise time per day but perhaps reinforce the idea of doing training as a matter of habit every day.

So here's to trying again!
(raises glass in toast)

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Jax replied the topic: Re: Magdelene's new training journal

My understanding is that plantar fascitis only heals with rest, so working on the treadmill is not a good idea.  There are lots of exercises you can do without standing on your feet.  Give your feet the rest they need and you won't have to deal with all that pain. 
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inari replied the topic: Re: Magdelene's new training journal

It's not actually a muscle problem, the 'fascia' part is it the layer of connective tissue that lies under your skin and above the muscles, additionally it wraps the muscles. Plantar fascitis tends to be worse in the morning. You can still do (gentle) exercise, BUT what you need to do is to thoroughly warm up the skin, muscles and fascia on your feet first. Starting with before you get out of bed in the morning. While your feet are still warm, stretch yourself while under the covers then give your foot a gentle massage and stretching. Pop some socks on before you get out, then stretch the foot further when you are out.

Hopefully you've been to see a doctor or other specialist about this?
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zen-ryo senshi replied the topic: Re: Magdelene's new training journal

Are you currently using some sort of arch support?

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Magdelene Nashira replied the topic: Re: Magdelene's new training journal

Yes, I've seen a doctor about it several years ago.  He gave me some foot exercises to do, which I did for a year or so and then lost the paperwork.  It's probably in my papers somewhere.  I really should look for it.  Other than that, he said they can give you cortisone shots, but they don't recommend them.  I'm not sure why.  Also, he did tell me about arch supports and I have those and I also have special shoes I bought from a site called footsmart.com, which is a catalog of shoes and products for people with foot problems.  But no-one has ever mentioned the idea about keeping your feet warm.  I'll give that a try.  Thank you, Inari!

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