This is Day Two of my experimental series, Self-Care Diary. For seven days, I’m sharing 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. Oh — and thanks to those who responded to yesterday’s post. Glad to have you aboard!
Breakfast: The usual brown rice with soy milk; 3 c coffee.
Singing: 15 minutes of chanted prayer in the tub; 30 minutes of my driving-around song in the car.
Counseling: Appointment with my therapist, who specializes in eating disorders.
Lunch: Small roasted chicken leg and thigh, 1/4 small roasted acorn squash, salad of 3 radishes, 1/2 mini-cucumber, olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, Trader Joe’s salsa verde, Penzey’s Mural of Flavor seasoning.
Physical therapy: Regular appointment.
Rest and companion-animal love: 20 minutes dozing on the sofa with my cat, Ginsberg. Now, this is multi-tasking that works!
Dinner: 5-cup Big Bright Salad with same ingredients as yesterday except 1 c blueberries instead of 1 large apple, and seasoned with cumin, coriander, and Mural of Flavor.
Social and spiritual support: Attending the weekly meeting of my 12-step program for people with emotional eating issues. I use the 12 steps as a kind of template for reflection and action as I travel along this path of healing. The level of trust, honesty, and connection that I find in these meetings is comforting.
Reading: I read some daily meditations from my program.
Writing: At the end of a long day with a lot of self-care activity, it’s nice to be able to sit on my sofa and think out loud in this blog. Thanks for listening.