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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.
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    40 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Self-care is so important and an excellent perspective to take. Enjoy!
    41 days ago
    41 days ago
    Self Care ???

    What does that look like to each of us??? Like the experiment of ONE ... self care is very personal.

    SLOW is more than OK.
    42 days ago
    You focus sounds like an excellent choice for you! I’m trying to do the same thing! We can do this!
    42 days ago
    Slow is better than most people!
    42 days ago
    Once again finding that we're on parallel mental courses, Marsha. I'd already got to the dropping thinking athlete, think fitness... stop thinking "diet", start thinking nutritional self-care. It's a great place to be, don't you think? emoticon emoticon emoticon
    42 days ago
    It makes me happy, knowing you’re taking good care of YOU. emoticon

    Your comment about your group being a social group that runs a bit gave me a chuckle, because my partner used to be a “hasher,” and hashers apparently describe their groups as, “a drinking club with a running problem.” LOL

    That allure of running is powerful. I can totally envision that humans are evolved to move that way. It feels like flying! (I used to do it sometimes in my 20s because it was fun, despite knowing my arthritic knee would give me heck for it later)

    Glad you’re taking it easy on your parts!
    42 days ago
    You are so right about self-care! We are worth it and it sets us up to make loving choices for ourselves!

    HUGS and Happy Mother's Day weekend.
    42 days ago
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    Great attitude change Marsha! Its very hard when that time comes that you have to hang up the spurs as it were. There is a sense of loss, sadness at what once was and never will be again. But looking at the positives -your run group is a great social outing, caters to all levels so there will always be a place for you depending on how you feel that particular day. You are still a winner in my book, maybe even more so as its a lot harder to make a sea change than sticking to the same old patterns.
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    42 days ago
    Sometimes it’s wiser to rethink/adjust/re-pace just to keep the joy of the exercise alive. It’s easy to become obsessed with a streak (which, in and of itself, is a good thing and started out being a delicious treat) to the point that it becomes a chore, rather than a choice. You have good judgment and enough experience to be able to arrange the variety of activities that keep you at your best. Good for you!
    42 days ago
    Happy to hear the shift in focus has left you making better food and drink selections.

    In December 2013, the simple word "nourish" allowed me to make a profound shift. Until that point I had been stubbornly unwilling to consider my food choices and had absolutely no interest whatsoever in analyzing my food choices.

    Somehow that word: nourish ... allowed me to make a shift that has transformed my life for the better.

    I became willing to record what I was eating ... initially, for 1 day. 1 day became 1 week ... 1 week became 1 month ... 1 month became 1 year ... now, it's an exercise nearly 8 years in the making.

    And, it all began with a simple question of myself: What am I choosing to nourish myself?

    The word "nourish" was initially focused simply on my food/beverage choices. That simple question has come to encompass far more than simply food/beverage choices.

    Your Galloway Group sounds like it has been a deeply rewarding experience for you. Something that "nourishes" you in the best of ways.

    Enjoy the Mayfair 5K!

    And, somehow, it seems so fitting that you've bestowed the emoticon of self-care upon yourself as we approach Mother's Day.

    42 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/8/2021 11:17:16 AM
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    42 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Nice to share your exercise with buddies.
    42 days ago
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