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Stepping into Self Care

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Good morning!
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. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    i agree! When you have to learn something new - like a whole new way of life - and you're over 50, it can be a daunting task. We're up to it!
    1659 days ago
    Yes to it all! "Alive. Vibrant. Caring for my body. Loving myself and others. "

    Seeing it and feeling it are the first steps to making it happen...way to SPARK! :-)

    1659 days ago
  • PGHP31CK
    You are worth it ABSOLUTELY!!! We can't take care of others unless we care for ourselves first -- that's why the airlines make you put your oxygen mask on before you put your child's on!!

    Keep on stepping -- each one is a step towards being the person that you want to be!
    1660 days ago
    It does feel like learning new habits and keeping up the practice takes up an awful lot of room in my head (not to mention all the vegetable shopping). This is the first time in my life I'm not letting myself get "lost" caring for others. I am worth it, too, and at this stage in the game, it's a slippery slope downhill to immobility and worse. You've got this, you're aware, and you will be able to move forward. Little by little, the changes you make will become your habits and you'll feel so good you'll never want to go back.
    Best of luck to you.
    1661 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    1661 days ago
    It is a startling discovery when we realize we need attention, time and love from ourselves.
    1661 days ago

    Wishing you the very best on your journey.
    This is your ride, so make it a good one!

    Love, Ginger
    1661 days ago
    Not only is it a full-time job, it's the most important job you've ever had...the greatest rewards with the best payoff!
    1661 days ago
    It's true - self care takes time and effort, but you are right - it is so important!
    1661 days ago
    It is a full time job to take of myself too. Sad, but true. Some of us are time hoggers, high maintenance. It has to be done though and it's great that you realize it and are going to work on it.
    1661 days ago
    Stepping out to move more and take care of self more -- you and I are on the same page! Let's do this thing together!!
    1661 days ago
    That's a good point. Taking care of ourselves is like a full-time job. It takes effort, planning, and dedication, but we are worth it!

    Good luck getting your steps in! You can do it!
    1661 days ago
    Caring for others is of course kind and an essential part of life. It often is a way of avoiding taking care of ourselves. Once we get to the point that there is no other option we begin our journey of self discovery.

    It is a full time job. Especially if we do it correctly.

    I've learned that the only true way of helping others is to be an example to others. That is it. I ask myself daily: What example was I to others today?
    1661 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    Retirement is ME time!!! Health and happiness.
    1661 days ago
    I love the idea of it being a full-time job to take care of ourselves. Thanks for that....I need it right about now!

    I'm glad you're making incremental goals towards increasing your steps. It's so important! I love my fitbit. It makes me move when I'd rather not. It's good you're using all the tools you have!

    1661 days ago
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