Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Have you ever read an article on a health condition and thought..."I have that..."? Sometimes we create so much anxiety for ourselves by building up a list of symptoms for every disease condition we read about..I've done that, using those lists as an excuse not to exercise or control what I'm eating. Of course, I've also used life situations or conditions to make excuses for not eating healthfully, or abstaining from exercise. I recognize it for what it is....an excuse.
But now my sister tells me that she has kidney disease...she's scared because of what that could mean for her. Being a good, concerned sister I read what I could about kidney disease, including...you guessed it....the symptoms. And of course, I have about 2/3rds of the symptoms.
Now I recognize that I could be causing myself needless anxiety, but I also know that I have allowed another condition that predisposes me to kidney disease...hypertension...and that I have been letting it get out of control. So now I must ask myself, "What am I going to do about this?"
One thing I can do is begin by choosing in every situation the best possible choice for me. Maybe I can't exercise by walking a lot because of my ankle, and I'm not home a long time to do exercise videos....but I can take 10 minutes away from doing something else during the day, and ride my recumbent bike. I can take 10 minutes to put on a chair dancing video in the morning before getting ready for work, or after coming home. I may not be able to prepare the best lunch in the morning (my budget for such things has shrunk), but I can choose to take something healthy (greek yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads or rice or pasta, instead of choosing to eat from the cafeteria. If I have to eat from the cafeteria, I can make the best choice from what they offer (salads and vegetables, grilled chicken, instead of choosing french fries and burgers). I can choose to make the best choice instead of choosing just to give up and do nothing. I can remember that doing nothing IS a choice, and that I don't have to choose that one.
I'm tired....I can choose to go to bed early enough to get eight hours of sleep, instead of watching extra TV or movies...I can choose to get checked out by my doctor as soon as my insurance kicks in next month. Those are choices I can make. These are things I do have power over.
Make the best choice.