Friday, May 5, 2017 - May Day Series, Day 5
Friday, May 05, 2017
Today is a day that I want to talk about looking forward because looking back does no good. I had a very rough day yesterday, lots of physical pain, some bad news (not dangerously bad, but percolating stuff not turning out the way I'd have liked), too many things on my "to do" list that could not all get done. So I allowed all this negativity to invade my psyche, and it was not a particularly good day as far as my eating goals were concerned. Today has not started out particularly well, either, so it would be easy to get sucked backwards.
But I am going to try not to do that. And I am going to use one positive thing that I did yesterday to try to drag myself forward, instead of backwards, today. When I made my appointment for my June 15 surgery, they gave me a pamphlet at the doctor's office with some "tips" for preparing for that day. I have thought of that pamphlet occasionally, but it was not until yesterday that I actually took it out, looked at the list, and picked up the phone and started to do the things I could. So I called my insurance company to make sure everything was in order, I called the hospital and made an appointment for the pre-surgery class they give, I signed up for an email series that provides all sorts of information to help prepare for surgery, and I found a physical therapy plan for pre-surgery exercises that is supposed to help for post-surgery rehabilitation. I am going to make a slight adjustment to my goals, adding and prioritizing these PT exercises to the SP cardio seated workouts I have been trying to get to. Yes, that is even more time, but I think the PT exercises have to take precedence, since they will have a direct impact on my recovery.
So although the below list of goals was not very good yesterday, I am going to try to treat the additional things I did as ending up making the day more positive than negative, even though I could easily sit down and put my head in my hands and cry, for now, I am refusing to do so.
1. commit to eating my planned meals and snacks, and no more - I ate well through mid-day, but as the bad news arrived, the stress eating began and continued. I hate to admit that in the moment, if does feel so good and soothing, but the flip side is that by the end of the day, as I lay in bed, I felt like crap.
2. do one seated workout of the several I have found on SP daily - no
3. set aside 15 minutes in the middle of every day, just after lunch, to pray/meditate - CHECK
4. report my daily progress in this May Day blog series - CHECK
So today's challenge is that we are celebrating my niece and sister's birthday tonight with pizza, calzones and salad. It is easy to stay away from the cake, but the food is a bit tougher. But this is life, and life must be lived, so I will probably have a healthy snack right before I head over there, and will eat more salad than pizza once I arrive. And there will be people there that I haven't seen in a while, so I will plant myself as far from the food as possible and enjoy their company.