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Keeping the Spark Alive


Thursday, January 24, 2013

After receiving some kind of icky health news last week, I've been in high gear taking care of this business and as a result have been less present on Spark People. Haven't been tracking either. Yet I haven't gone "off the wagon" with either food or exercise. I feel as if the good lessons I've learned here have helped me stay focused even when I'm focusing on other things.

Either coincidentally or perhaps by mutual strengthening, the lessons I've learned here have blended with a change of attitude from counseling, so that I don't absolutely blame and despise myself regarding the health issue. Instead, I am nurturing myself, even complimenting myself for stepping up to the plate. I haven't reverted to compulsive eating or night bingeing, I've been sleeping well, not smoking, and making sure to get some exercise every day no matter what happens.

Even more important, perhaps, I've shared the news about my health challenge with close friends and family, in a non-dramatic way, allowing them to be supportive -- rather than withdraw and suffer silently all alone. In other words, I'm keeping life normal. Carrying on. It feels so right.

Soon I hope to do even better -- get back to tracking (today!) and better workouts. But I credit SparkPeople with helping me cope in a challenging time.
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SURVIVOR61 1/24/2013 3:35PM

    What matters is that your back and now you need to focus on you...juggling a career and home can be hard!! I know I did that for way too long...always putting my job first, before myself... Please don't be like that....I almost killed myself..I am serious. I and my primary care doctor ignored all my symptoms of a massive brain tumor that was killing me and a large tumor in my uterous that weighed 14 pounds and the fact my body had quit producing blood...and the brain tumor had given me glaucoma, I was running people off the road while driving home and I was only 42 yrs old.... My point is at some time in life you need to make yourself a priorty...you deserve to be number 1.....Life is way to short... You are beautiful and deserve to do this for YOU!!! emoticon emoticon

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TORTISE110 1/24/2013 7:16AM

    What wise steps you seem to be taking to take care of yourself and get the support you need. I'm sorry you had any hard news of course, and wish you the very best in healing. emoticon

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