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On the plus side, my existential crisis propelled me from the house at last. Figuratively speaking anyway. It was Bazza that did the actual physical side of the propellment.

I got some more funny smelling stuff, this time vetiver oil. Not nice in the bottle, but once it's warmed up it smells kind of smokey, a clean woody smoke. It seems to play nicely with orange.

I also discovered that my favourite seconhand bookshop - the one that is not only my favourite in the whole world but also just round the corner - is now only open Friday through Monday, and I was very sad about this. So sad that I had to go to the other local secondhand bookstore instead. Got three more Janet Evanovich books and a Kinky Friedman for 10B, a book by Gita Mehta for me and a book on the history and contribution of the whaling industry to Australia's development in the C19, also for me. I'll be sure to let you know how that last one pans out. (When I get to it. I'm not seeing that many more decades ahead of me, so don't hold your breath).

Then I got me a meat pie and came home realising I'd actually been out for rather a while.


In other news, I am excitedly awaiting the arrival of a heart rate monitor. There's this new idea trotting around the internet about excercise and CFS, which mostly seems to be about keeping your heart rate low. In other words, you work out your ideal heart rate as people often do when they take up an excercise programme, but in line with your limits and triggers for post-exertional malaise(this, I imagine, is the tricky bit). Your CFS heart rate will be lower than it is for a healthy person your own age. You set your alarm on the monitor to tell you when you are getting close to your limit. You will probably find particular activities push your heart rate up faster than you realised and this gives you improved awareness of which activities are sucking how much energy. You can also work on pacing better, by pulling back when the heart is getting too fast and starting again when it has slowed down.

Dunno if it will work, happy to give it a shot. Hey, I get a gadget that goes ping!


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Mar. 1st, 2011 11:31 am (UTC)
I have been messing about with vetiver for a while after realising it was the most important stink in some smells I like. I can't get it to smell good at all and all the while am compiling a scary collection of oil bottles. I buy mine online! ;)
I saw that heart monitor stuff a while back. Be interesting to see how you do. You suss out pretty quickly what will get your heart rate where.
Mar. 1st, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Happy Daff Day from the Northern Hemisphere

Kinky Friedman sounds fun - I'll go and have a look at that.
Mar. 1st, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
Before my CFS, I used a heart rate monitor, and loved it. I haven't tried using it for pacing myself, but it sounds like a great idea.
Mar. 1st, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Huh. Interesting. I tend to do some of that heart rate limiting stuff reflexively, I think, because I know that when my heart rate hits the aerobic spots, I can have an asthma attack. (I have exercise-induced asthma.) So when I hit that point (I can sort of feel it, the difference in heart rate that is; I certainly don't count or anything, math is hard)I slow down and breathe for a minute, and if I hit that point more than two or three times in a row while doing chores or whatever, I stop and rest for real. Interesting. I may have to go do the reading or something.

Hooray for Big Days Out that result on books and meaty pies.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
It would be a bummer if eating a meat pie made your heart rate go up too high, because it sounds really good.
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