Self Care Focus: Slow is More Than Okay
Saturday, May 08, 2021
I am working to change my mindset from a focus on controlling my weight/my appetite/my "less than disciplined" self, to a focus on self-care. From this frame of reference almost everything I do seems to be self-care, from getting out of bed with a back-sparing "log roll" to getting to bed on time at the end of the day. Things like brushing my teeth are obvious self-care. Thinking about how I am caring for myself when I select my food and drinks seems to be helping me make even better choices than when I was focused on weight loss. I am also finally accepting that I am not an athlete; I am a fitness run-walker! I don't have to compete. I don't need any more bling. The thrill of increasing run speed is just not necessary for me to be happy and, in fact, pushing speed means greater risk of falls and injury. So, slow is great, slow is fun, slow is good for me! Slow is the best way to take care of myself.
This morning I had to get up at 5am to meet for our group run. Yes, I would have rather slept in another hour, but it was worth it to me to get up for a social exercise outing. I have had a health challenge recently and have been walking rather than running the last 3 weeks, so I went with the slowest group, 4 members. One was a new person, 50 years old, who said she is just getting started, hadn't even been walking. So my group walked one mile, then did 10 second run intervals per minute for one mile, and then walked the final mile. Our new member was delighted! She kept saying, "I can do this!" It was a very gentle outing for me, but very satisfying. I plan to do two run-walks this week and join a slightly faster group next week if I'm feeling good. I love having the choice of a variety of paces and I really enjoy the social aspects of our group. In fact one of my favorite people last week described our Galloway group as a social group that runs a bit. Yep, I'm up for that! So I feel like I got some good self-care with healthy exercise and some great socializing. This evening I am volunteering at the Mayfaire 5K as a course monitor. I will get several miles more walk and again have opportunity to socialize with other volunteers and runners, too. My life is enhanced by being good to myself, to a focus on self-care.