Self-Care Diary: Monday, 11/18/2013

Writing Classes by Albert AnkerI’m experimenting with a new feature in the Joyous Paradox blog this week, Self-Care Diary. For seven days, I’ll share the things I’m doing to maintain my health and well-being. Then, at the end of the week, I’ll offer some observations on how things went.

There are two reasons why I’m doing this now:

  1. Thanksgiving is next week, and I want to encourage myself to stick with my healthy food plan. I’ve lost 53 pounds over the last two and a half years, and I’m enjoying the feeling.
  2. I think self-care is essential for healthy aging as well as mindful caregiving. These are small steps, but taking small steps from day to day can make a big difference.

Here’s the caveat: These small steps are just what works for me. The information presented here is intended solely for the purposes of education and discussion and is not a substitute for medical care. I urge you to consult your own health practitioner regarding any concerns you have.

Monday, 11/18/2013

Breakfast: 1 c brown rice with 1 c soy milk seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg; 2 c coffee. (This is what I have almost every day, so I won’t repeat it.)

Singing: 15 minutes of my usual chanted prayer in the tub; 15 minutes of my usual driving-around song in the car.

Exercise: 45-minute walk with a client at Walden Pond.

Lunch: Small roasted chicken leg and thigh, roasted whole baby potatoes, 1/2 small roasted acorn squash, 2 c coffee with cream.

Art: 15 minutes of Zentangle drawing exercise with a client.

Rest: 1 hour dozing on the sofa.

Dinner: 5-cup Big Bright Salad with 1 c canned black beans, rinsed and drained, 1/4 c edamame (cooked green soybeans), 1/3 c walnuts, 3 radishes, 1 large Golden Delicious apple, 2 Tb fresh green peas, 2 green onions, 2 Tb corn and black bean salsa, 4 grape tomatoes, 1/4 c sliced red bell pepper, 1 c mixed organic Spring greens, 4 Tb Trader Joe’s salsa verde, 2 Tb extra-virgin olive oil, 2 Tb white balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, about 1/4 tsp each of ground cumin and coriander, and a few shakes of Penzey’s Forward seasoning.

Companion animal love: Lots of petting for my cat Ginsberg. Fed her dinner and gave her the weekly eye drops.

Things I forgot: Calling my sponsor in the 12-step program I follow for people with emotional eating issues. I sent her a text message instead.

Things I should probably do differently: Drink less coffee. Shorten that nap. Do my physical therapy exercises. Call a friend.

4 thoughts on “Self-Care Diary: Monday, 11/18/2013

  1. Congrats on weight program amidst all else. Remember, if you only “lost” it, you might still be looking to get it back – I “got rid” of my excess weight (at least some of it!). Taking care of yourself is very important, especially when your primary activity is taking care of others. I’m looking forward to this series.


    1. Thanks. It’s funny — when I set out on this healing path, my goal was to improve my health in the social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life, so the weight loss has been sort of a side bonus.


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