I’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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.