Today was not good, not a good step. The sun was shining, birds chirping and the blackness sucked it all down a hole. I have worked 30 out of the last 29 days (how’s that you ask?: three days off, but four days of working two jobs), and yet the longest I spent sitting down today was in a dentist’s chair. I have become so immune to the fatigue, or I should say, immune to feeling the fatigue. Maybe that isn’t even true. I’ll explain:
I am not eating until I’m at an 8 or 9 out of ten, not resting until I fall down or until “everything” is done (both of which I did yesterday, thus the blackness). As I pointed out before, fucking with my nature to this degree does have impacts later in the day (i.e. not being physically hungry for dinner, even though after one drink I clearly don’t have enough in my system to temper the effects), but I continue. I am going past the point of actually feeling hungry (traditionally, physically recognized hunger) to having signs of hunger be light-headedness, dizziness, being wobbly – only at this point do I say, “ok body, message received, (but not lesson learned, still steps ahead of me on the path of recovery,” because these signs are unambiguously clear. These have become the signs of hunger or fatigue for me, as opposed to being self-aware of the 1-7 out of ten, not acting out of fear of eating too much or not being active enough.
In doing these things, regularly, continuously, too fucking much, it desensitizes my cognizance to stress, to (as naturopaths call it) adrenal fatigue. These are bad habits that the blackness has solidified, because although my stubbornness and strength and ability to withstand hell are imperfections, beautiful facets of the me version of me, the blackness has revealed their flawed potential. Because while I have become desensitized to the stress, this does not make my body, my mind, my soul immune to the fatigue, stress, hunger. This constant state of stress is still toxic to those things, even if I am too stupid to realize it.
Bad habits these are, break them I must. I need to be strong and loving and wise. I can only do that if I rest. I can do that tomorrow, do that one day at a time.