Stepping into Self Care
Sunday, October 06, 2013
It's a chilly and sunny morning in northern Illinois and I will be heading off to church soon, as soon as I feed the dogs and finish this blog and my latte.
I have been wearing a little fitbit zip for the couple of months and have learned just how inactive I am! I've pushed up to 3000 steps on occasion, but not often. So, today, my Spark Coaching session addressed walking and I learned (again!) that the recommended number of steps ins 10,000 steps per day. The mile I have begun walking with my hounds most days is all towards that end - but is far from the goal.
I am going to Step It Up. Incrementally.
And this is also a metaphor, of sorts, for stepping up self care, overall. A friend of mine once remarked that it was a full time job to take care of himself. I didn't get it then -- but I do now. I am coming out of the fog, in a way. Part of it is of my own making over the years..but also part having been so essentially focused on parenting and care for some ill family members. At the core, though, I have not considered myself as worth this effort and caring.
I want to be alive. Vibrant. Caring for my body. Loving myself and others. I'm beginning to see the whole picture more clearly. And I will have to figure out just what self care means every day.