Tuesday, December 22, 2009
This week is certainly a test for flexibility. I am happy we are having people stay with us over the holidays but the numbers keep changing. I keep planning meals and realize someone has a food intolerence or others won't be there for the meal. This morning I realized I had missed my diabetes medicine yesterday. That just can't happen! I ate some strange combinations of food which turned out to over my calories. I did go on the treadmill before bed but I did not do any stretching after. So... I am doing some self talk this morning. What does it mean to be flexible? How am I going to cope with keeping myself healthy and within my goals? I don't want to be stressed! The key is communication. I must be flexible and breath. But I need some structure so that I can look after me, and not get upset at other's routines.
a) I need to have my meals at regular times and these are all grown people... so meals will be at certain times and perhaps I should state what those times are. Before 8:00 am for me for breakfast. Lunch around 1:00. Dinner at 6:00. There, that was easy. People can make their own food at whatever hours and clean up after themselves, but those are MY times. Plus, if people know when meals are then they can gather to help prepare them. I think that is a big part of holidays, meal preparation and the socializing around it.
b) I have lots of food in the house but I do have plans for some items.... so I can post a list on the fridge of suggestions for food. This morning I made up a bowl of chicken salad from leftovers that is free for all and there are some yogurts, fruit and lots of eggs in the downstairs fridge. If people are set on eating the items for Christmas morning then they can replace them. They can drive!
c) I can ask people to let me know when they will not be here for meals. They have cell phones. I know they are all wanting to see friends. I can also let them know what meals are flexible enough that they could invite people back for meals.
d) Christmas day I can still plan. Stockings are always opened on our bed. There will be a large number of "kids" this year so we will have to bring in some chairs the night before. I can set the timer for coffee and have rye toast and PB with hemp, on time because I always wake up early. Either I can bring it back to bed and read while awaiting the "kids" or get up and listen to the news. We will have Christmas breakfast between stockings and gifts and if I have already eaten it can be my "snack". I bought a cute set of covered bowls that stay on the dining table and have nuts and seeds in them so I can sprinkle a waffle with them for my MUFA. Some will be staying and having their own Christmas here but some of us will be going to my parent's. It would be really good to have a small salad or cup of soup planned at lunchtime that I can grab before we hit the road. In fact, there is a tin of Lentil soup in the cupboard I can guarentee will be there. - good plan. Dinner at my parent's is planned for 2:00 but it is always a toss of the dice. Again, I can view it as my snack and taste a bit of everything. I am bringing curried sweet potatoes which have lots of fiber, and I am also bringing vegan cauliflower soup to mix into the mashed potatoes because a couple of people are lactose intolerant and one is vegan. I am thrilled they are trusting me to tweak the main meal! I am also bringing some sliced avocado to eat with the turkey (MUFA). Dinner "time" I am sure will be dessert time. My sister is trying to make a wheat free nanaimo bar so I know I will want to try that. They have nuts in them and dark chocolate (MUFA) and I will take my Metformin then. I can have a bit of leftover turkey to nibble on later.
a) Is there any reason that I cannot get my minimum ten minutes in every morning? No! I can still do my strength exercises MWF. Is Christmas off limits? NO, LOL. I can ask for ten minutes while the breakfast is being made and people will hardly notice.
b) What a great opportunity to ask people if they want to walk or swim.
c) I want to move exercise equipment over the holiday. That by itself is exercise... but what if I set up some silly challenge to do an "Olympics" and each time add up points trying each piece of equipment? Hmmm. Would get everyone used to the new locations and maybe get them to try something new. I'll think about that. One of my daughters might even organize it.
d) Christmas day - If the weather is nice enough perhaps a walk on the ice. I will take my ice shoes and walking poles. It is not a tradition in my family to walk on Christmas day but it could become one. I have some ice grabbers that a fellow Spark person left here that I could take for the day in case someone else would like that extra stability too! The dogs would all love it. I think there will be 4 this year.
Flexibility. It is hard to be diabetic and flexible. I think what is important is I have a plan for ME. By not making the family's meals my meals, by making them snacks, I'm hoping I won't stress about timing or quantities. I'm pretty good at estimating 3-400 calories on a plate now. I'm confident I can do it. With all the MUFA's I find I'm not craving food or taking large amounts because I am always satisfied. I'm hoping having a plan I can relax and enjoy myself and everyone else.