Today marks my first day back to work in almost 9 weeks and I was up early and hitting the treadmill. In doing so I did something that I haven’t done in a long time. I watched early morning news. As I watched one horrific story after the next I felt my blood pressure rising. A woman who was jogging on one of our local trails is attacked and the attacker is ripping off her clothing. Her boyfriend hears her screams and punches the attacker in the nose and soon another passerby helps detain him. Detain him? I am sorry but if someone attacked my wife and tried to rape her I think I would doing a whole hell more than detaining him. In these moments of watching these segments of the news my blood pressure is rising and I feel the adrenaline kicking in. Now I remember why I stopped watching the news. I shut the TV off and finished up my walk. I thought to myself why would anyone choose to start off their day like this by feeding their minds with one negative thing after another.
While working for 22 years in a maximum security prison I can’t remember a single day that went by where the condition of “High Alert” didn’t kick in and I often wonder how much damage this has done to my body. I am retired now and have the choice of living a life in high alert, or finding calm each day. I don’t believe that I will ever watch the news again.
It makes me wonder just how many other people live with these triggers each day. Another area that gets me going is ignorance. Stupid doesn’t bother me because stupid is hard to control, but when someone does something they know they aren’t supposed to do it does get me hot. It could be as simple as making a left turn without using a blinker to let everyone around you know that you are turning. Ignorance!
Not all situations can be avoided but I do try to limit my exposure to them. Do you live with these triggers too, or is it just me? Does watching the news make you angry, or depressed? Let me know…
Blood Sugar- 90, Weight- 171.4
Treadmill- 20 Minutes
Bowflex – LEGS
Squats- 310 lbs – 15
Calf Raises- 310 lbs – 15
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Lunch- Chicken Cacciatori
Dinner- Beef Stew