The cat's being boarded for the first time in his life--I'm trying to tell myself it's less traumatic than the time I left him with my flatmate for three weeks while I went to Thailand and came back to find he'd been locked outside the whole time and was covered in fleas... but I felt awful leaving him in a cage at the cattery. The dog's luckier in that he can be shared around relatives, but I know I'll miss them.
I'm crashing at a friend's place this week--it's close to my yoga school so I can still do my morning classes and get to work easily. After that, we've got a flat in town booked for the week I have off. I'll have net access this week at work but it will be intermittent the week after so if I'm a bit quiet, that'll be why. I'm already scanning my f'list and cursing my lack of time! Of course it's also possible that I'll just spend all day in an internet cafe...
All in all, I think I'm handling the stress ok. I have to (grudgingly!) admit that lowering my caffeine and sugar intake substantially in the last couple of weeks has really helped. I did some reading on holistic medicine sites online and they confirm that caffeine and sugar have been linked to depression--the combination of them together is particularly bad for depression (insert complicated brain chemistry explanation). I still don't feel great, but my anxiety's been reduced substantially--I've been almost zenlike about some things that would normally get me very very jittery. I get my test results back from the doc this week, so I'll be interested to see what he suggests from there.
A quick note on yoga: after switching to morning classes, I've not missed a class in my six-week (twice weekly) course. The teacher suggested to many of us that we repeat this level and mentioned she's been taking us at a slower, more traditional pace that she thinks is working well for us. It certainly feels good for me, as I'm definitely still challenged by my lack of upper body strength. Having said that, my arms have toned up noticeably. and I am getting better at my vinyasa though it's definitely still a strain. I've made progress in other stances too though and I'm excited to see how far I get in another six weeks.
The bad news? I checked my weight for the first time in weeks yesterday and I've put back on the three kilos I lost earlier this year. *jumps up and down and stabs things* Arrrrggghhh?!! How?! I fit into a smaller dress size! My legs and arms are more toned! Why the frak am I still classed as 'overweight'?! *kills the BMI* I can wank some of the weight gain as muscle, but surely not all of it. :( So I guess after I move back in I'll have to go on another mission to return to the 'healthy' weight range... :( ... I was there so briefly! If I could just lop my breasts off, I'd be FINE. *pouts*
Several of my LJ friends are having a really tough time right now, so I just wanted to say I'm thinking of you and hoping for the best for all of you. *hugs*