Saturday, January 27, 2018
Since the eating, taking steps and moving are going pretty well so far, I'm thinking about having some new goals. The first one is to make time to do stretches, and to actually do them. Having tendonitis in both arms makes some stretches impossible, but I can do others just fine, and I need to do them. I feel better when I stretch! The next one is to eat less salt. It's not a huge problem when I buy and cook for myself, but staying with my parents, and not being able to make all my own buying and cooking choices, makes it more difficult. Still, I can stay away from salt more than I do, so I'm making that a priority in my diet. The third one is to eat fewer eggs, or at least whole eggs. I rely on eggs to get a lot of my protein, but I need to rely on other things more heavily. Eggs are cheap, easy to fix, and I like them, but every time I eat them I go over the recommended cholesterol levels. I'd like to stop that.
I have to say that having daily examples of what it looks like when you don't take care of yourself in front of me gives me a lot of motivation. I wish my parents would take better care of themselves, and it's a tragedy that so many of their health problems could have been avoided. My mom is sick all the time, but she refuses to stop eating everything she shouldn't be eating. My dad is in worse shape, and it takes a real effort to help keep him on track nutritionally. As a daughter it's so hard to watch. I want things to be so different. But of course it also makes me think about my health. I want to avoid the kinds of problems my parents have both for myself and for my kids. I don't want to sound too judgmental myself, because I've been very careless of my health many times, too. I know how hard making good choices on a regular basis is. I struggle with both depression and anxiety, just like both my parents, and I know how hard that makes everything. I certainly have empathy for them. But I'm trying as best I can not to follow their example in this.