Interruption and small victories
Thursday, February 14, 2013
This last week has NOT been good for Sparking - exercise and healthy eating: my husband had one or more TIAs which involved 2 ambulance call outs, 2 separate hospitals, a stay in the stroke ward, a change of medications and some extra ones and my taking over all driving for a month. At the same time we had plumbers and electricians in the middle of their work so had to arrange access for them, make decisions about fitments and such like. On Tuesday night it was out to the airport to pick up relatives who were staying briefly en route to some adventure tours. I had to cancel my osteo exercise class for the week and just didn't have the time and energy for my daily walk, plus I didn't do my ST homework or spend much time on SP.
When I'm tired I usually reach for unhealthy food and this time I resisted, even with the excuse of visitors to feed. It was easier because it's summer here and the fruit and vegetables we grow provide healthy snacks. I probably ate too much but it was the right stuff.
Although I didn't do my usual exercise my fitbit tells me I achieved a respectable step count and even went over 11,000 one day - so at least I kept up a certain level of activity.
The support from SFs was helpful, especially so because I neglected them for a week but they still did their best to let me know they were there for me.
I now look back on the week and see that the last 18 months on SP has changed, hopefully permanently, the way I deal with stress and disruption. This is more important to me than what the scale says - a few kilos can be dealt with but instinctive reactions are much harder to adjust, and I think SP has me well on the way to more effective stress management techniques.