It's All About Accepting Myself!!
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Since the end of 2016, I have had two surgeries: one at the end of 2016 and one at the end of 2017. I was blessed and everything went without incident and recovered well from both surgeries, although I still feel a bit of discomfort here and there from the last one. However, it's all good but now I need to get back to basics in regard to my exercise. Last March I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes which I'm managing with healthy eating and exercise. However, I struggle more with the exercise part than the eating part. Exercise makes a huge difference in managing my blood sugar by keeping my number low, so at this point I cannot afford to be sporadic about my exercise routine.
But it's not all bad news for me. I am making progress one step at a time since that's really the only way to make lasting changes. I stay in control of my healthy eating by using all the tools necessary to stay on track: measuring cups/spoons, food scale, practicing portion control and eating foods I like and satisfy me. My challenge in this healthy eating and exercise equation is staying on track with my exercise routine. I do schedule my activities every week on the ideal days according to my work schedule. My goal is to exercise four times a week and although I don't always meet my goal every week, I usually end up exercising three out of four times a week, which I think it's great. Consistency is definitely a challenge I'm tackling daily!
I am always doing "internal" work--looking at what and why I do what I do--which feels like a full-time job some times. However, on that end I have finally been able to let go of my all-or-nothing attitude toward exercise or eating and that has made a huge difference in my life. It keeps me from down right being unkind and abusive to myself when I don't do what I'm suppose to. When things don't go my way, I talk to myself the way I would talk to a person I love and want to support, which is a lot more loving and compassionate than the way I used to talk to myself. Also, I concentrate on what I do right rather than what I do wrong, which keeps me positive and striving to make improvements.
I feel that the more I accept myself--the good, the bad and the ugly--the better I do in eating healthy and sticking to my exercise routines. Who knew????