Monthly Archives: February 2011
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I walked over to Target today to buy a new mop.
My old squeezer bit the dust a few months ago, and I’ve been mopping my bathroom and kitchen areas (not that large) on my hands and knees.
As I looked at mops (have you SEEN the prices of mops?), I got to thinking that when I moved into this apartment (about eighteen months ago), my knees and back were in bad shape and mopping on my hands and knees was NOT an option.
So I just said ‘no’ to a new mop.
And I came home and scrubbed my bathroom floor, on my hands and knees!
I’ve been thinking all day about the extra work of being healthy now that I’m older.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not feeling sorry for myself.
We’re all going to get older; it’s just my time to be older, that’s all.
But now, when I blow off exercise, or eat too much, my body starts to protest.
I get moody and tired, and my joints get really stiff.
So, at least for now, no mop for me.
Mopping on my hands and knees is part of my exercise routine.
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My original title was “breaking bad habits,” but I wanted to give myself a more hopeful title for this post.
I’ve written before about the challenge of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
In the past eighteen months, I’ve worked hard to change my eating habits, exercise more, and generally take better care of myself.
But sometimes I have periods of time when I want bowls of potato chips, white bread, thick slices of cake liberally slapped with white icing…
You get the idea.
Sometimes I can enjoy one or two cookies, a thin slice of cake, a small bowl of Lay’s.
And sometimes I just can’t stop.
Inevitably, a big slip up is followed by feelings of shame, disgust, and just plain old anger at myself.
My quest to be healthy includes reading all that I can about getting and staying healthy.
One of my new study aides is a subscription to Yoga Journal.
YJ has helped me a lot in this journey of self-discovery, self-love, self-forgiveness.
In “Nurture the New You,” page 82, Dr. McGonigal tackles the issue of setbacks when trying to make positive changes in your life.
Whoa, this article has my name all over it! It’s also proof, yet again, that what I need will show up when I need it and am receptive to it. More about that, maybe another time.
I tried to find an online link to this article, with no success.
I hope you will go and and find a copy of the February Yoga Journal, but if you can’t here are some points I want to pass on from Dr. McGonigal’s article:
- Don’t mistake the behavior you want to change for who you are. I ate the 4th and 5th cookies, so I’m a terrible person.
- Instead, view the behavior as what is is–a pattern/habit/behavior that’s not serving you.
- View yourself as fundamentally perfect, and don’t focus on your flaws. Focus on your negative behaviors without judging yourself (whoa, I know that one is a biggie, but bear with me for ‘alf a mo).
- Love–you deserve to be healthy and happy; remind yourself how these changes will help you!
- Without judgement, consider how this habit is making you suffer (including being so hard on yourself), and how you want to be free of this suffering.
- Give yourself kudo’s for any positive changes you have made so far. And while you are at it, send some gratitude to friends and family who are supporting you.
- If you are down and feeling blue about a recent setback, remind yourself that you are human, don’t beat yourself up, and focus on the larger goal of being free.
Dr. McGonigal cautions:
- Don’t try to motivate yourself using anger and rejection towards your wonderful self.
- It’s not about feeling sorry for yourself.
- Reframe the behavior you want to change–it’s not a bad part of you, it’s a symptom of your suffering.
- Accept you went looking for happiness in the wrong place (no, Beth, gobs of thick white icing are not the cure for everything).
- Be present with your feelings and don’t push them away, and give yourself some kind and loving thoughts.
- “Remember that you are a person who deserves unconditional love and deserves not to suffer.”
- You deserve to be happy!