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Weekly Check In 2

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results." ~Jack Dixon's been 12 days, not 7. Last Friday, we (DH and DD) were on a college visit. I walked, and walked and walked. :)

I'm feeling pretty darn good today. Using my light (SAD) - we are into day 2 of 4 forecast-ed for rain. I got meds and have been using...remembering a pill w/meals 2x a day has been a new habit to learn; I've forgotten some.

I used my blood glucose monitor 2x, one evening and one morning...106 and 109. My first try used up 6 test strips and 7 pricks....after the first 2 times, I've stopped testing. I'm still high, but w/in a tolerable range. Focusing on eating right and exercise for now.

I've been making good food choices! Ate out a lot over the 3 day, 2 night college tour trip, plus it was my birthday on Sunday. NO birthday cake, but we went out (Olive Garden). I ordered the salmon and took half home, which was my dinner later. Enjoyed a Light Strawberry Lemon Drop as a drink.

On the trip we visited a huge chocolate store in South Bend; I bought some very expensive sugar free chocolates which I enjoyed as a birthday treat. To tell you the truth, I find one Ghiradelli's dark chocolate square much more enjoyable.

1)water +++++++
2) logged food ++++++ (missed a bit while traveling; I have SP's mobile app, but it is slower and more of a challenge to log)
3) exercise +++ (walked a lot but haven't done the strength building exercises)
4) education +++++++ (learned to use the monitor, still reading and learning hints)
5)stress eating +++++++ (none the past 12 days. If I've chosen a sweet, it's been small, low or sugar free and w/in my available food ranges)
6) weight +++++++ (down another lb this morning)

I met w/my spiritual director last week and discussed how sometimes I feel this self evaluation is 'selfish' and 'self-indulgent.' She reminded me, and I do know that self care isn't selfish, it is necessary to be able to be present for and to care for others. I'm tracking and checking in weekly as I'm learning a new way to live.

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    Revserena - Thanks for your honest and blunt comments - I will remember to come to this week's blog and re-read them when I need.

    I sometimes 'forget' - not really, but it isn't forefront- how much my actions and attitude affect the congregation and community. I remember during crises - but not always everyday.

    This is a 'crisis' for me, in that it is changing my life. How I'm responding is modeling self-care for others. When they see me make healthy snack choices, or intentionally go for a walk, perhaps others will be encouraged. I know I'm encouraged by others - heck, isn't that in part why we are on SP?

    1929 days ago
    I'm with your spiritual director. Especially as you are adjusting to a new but necessary regimen to maintain your health.

    As a pastor, I'm sure you have seen the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes. The consequences don't appear immediately , but over time there are devastating health effects. There are the big obvious things (like amputations), but the more subtle issues like slower healing and heart disease risk, are also debilitating and can rob a person of the ability to be productive and care for others. The time you invest now in developing a lifestyle that keeps your blood sugars in check will literally result in more productive time to serve (rather than needing others to serve you) in the future.

    I believe that it is not selfish, but good stewardship of your body. Further, I would claim that it is selfish to ignore self evaluation in favor of more immediately rewarding activities (like doing for others!)

    There will always be more that you can/could/should/would do for others, but without the balance of self care, you will, in the long run, do less. Invest the time without apology, and recognize that you are setting a good example for others of appropriate stewardship.
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