Last week around Tuesday, my chest started to hurt and I couldn't catch my breath, despite trying my hardest to expand my lungs. This went on for a couple days and then I started feeling strange pains in various areas of my body.
"Funny", I thought to myself, this is exactly how I felt when I was at school and would occasionally suffer through all-nighters at the end of the term. That's when it clicked. I was over tired. I then realized the reason my chest hurt was because I was yawning so much during the day, I was straining myself.
Last week followed Mike's eye surgery, (he's doing much better by the way and his eyes are healing well), which I imagine was the final straw and sent me into this condition.
I didn't work out at all last week, except for Gimli's walks, and I did my best to crawl into bed at a respectable hour, somewhere between 10 and 11. I slept a bit better Tuesday night. Wednesday morning I woke up not quite refreshed, but the breathing issues stopped. I've been taking it easy the last few days trying to replenish my energy and sleeping patterns.
Today, I came across this article from Oprah's site: 5 Ways to Bring Yourself Back from Burnout. Looking at the five different categories, I feel I was a combination between 'Draggin' and 'Hitting the wall' as I had symptoms of both. I've decided I'm going to take an active stand in preventing burnout because I don't want this to happen again, if I can help it. One of my initiatives this year is to get more sleep and I have my work cut out for me.
There will be no check in this week because I didn't do much and I expect it to be mainly the same. My hope is to be back to it again this week so I don't undo my progress thus far. In a bit of good news, I wore my short peacoat this weekend and it wasn't as tight as when I last wore it in November. I'm getting there, just slowly.