Finding New Ways to do the Same Thing – Differently!

I’ve been thinking about an answer to a question I haven’t really broached yet on this blog. The question is, how do I maintain my diet when eating with others who don’t share my particular desire for plant-based eating.

Several times in the past few weeks I have had to make do with more processed foods than I usually like. I’ve made good use of the hot/cold food prepared food bar at Whole Foods. I’ve taken to carrying around some sort of snack or lunch item so that if I’m with someone who wants to get fast food I don’t have to eat it.

I’ve been having to keep my water bottle filled and on me at all times, despite the fact that it takes up space and I don’t have a lot of “trunk” space in my scooter.

And yeah, a few times I’ve “cheated”. Although usually it has been accidental. See my Checking in After some Changes post for more details.

Sure enough, I had a bit of an upset stomach the next day. Although that has been getting hard to track because I’ve had an infection flare up in my digestive tract that has been messing with me. It should be taken care of in the next week, but it still has made it tough for me to figure out what it is about my recent eating that has been problematic.

Although intuitively I know it is because my routine has been all shot to hell.

I’ve kept the elements that are absolutely necessary, but I haven’t been able to work out as often as I like or the way I like.

The other question I’ve asked myself since I’ve had the option several times (family members you can continue reading if you like, but if you’d rather not know about certain “sensitive” parts of my life, skip the next paragraph – this is an honest blog, so I’m going to be honest despite the reality that you all might not like the truth) to spend the night at someone else’s house, how to do that and still keep up my wellness goals. The one time I’ve done so, I made sure to do my meds before I left the house, I left early in the morning and came straight home to do my meds and to continue what I knew I needed to do. And of course, I packed things I knew I would need if I decided to spend the night out. But what I realize is that I can’t do it very often because it is pretty labor intensive.

Either way, with my increased social life, medical appointments, errands, setting up my new place, and generally just trying to get things done, I’ve been busy.

And frankly, I’ve enjoyed it. I think the biggest thing is to find a better way to get my exercise back on track. Just a couple times a week isn’t enough for me, and with no treadmill, I’ve essentially dropped the cardio. I need to start running again and I think I’ll start today (slowly) by running down to the Tigard library so I can get a library card there.

Overall, things are going well. I’m pretty happy. And I’m noticing that the key to sustaining this is making sure I give myself time to rest. So for the next couple hours I’m not working, I’m “offline”, and I’ll just be reading/playing a game/resting or just laying on my bed listening to music or playing guitar.

I need the decompression space, like I talked about in a previous post.

Thanks for reading and peace to you,

-Nathan

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4 responses to “Finding New Ways to do the Same Thing – Differently!

  1. I don’t see how either of your examples of cheating were “accidents”. I hope you aren’t convincing yourself they were. It’s uncomfortable to see you making logical leaps like that and to see you go back on anything you are committed to. If you are serious about being committed to your diet, then you should just stick to it, or at the least, not be dismissive of your mistakes in your blog.

    I’m glad things are going well for you, but don’t take on too much before you’re ready. I hope you can keep your focus on your health, work, family, and friends, which is already a lot to handle, and not get too caught up in the “sensitive” aspects of your life and leave the rest in the dust.

    • I’m not really sure how to respond to this Noah. I wouldn’t disagree with some of what you said, and I would definitely agree that my focus needs to remain on health, family, work, and friends. Period. So I think we are on the same page. Thanks for pointing out that often what I might logically perceive as an “accident” is really just inattention or actually intention to not follow my commitments.

      I’ll keep my eye on that. This is exactly why I try to post the honest truth here. So that I can get feedback like yours that confronts me when my logic is, by definition, illogical.

      -Nathan

  2. Noah… I love how you always “tell it like it is”. Nathan… I think you’re doing a great job with all the changes. I agree that it’s important to focus on what is most important right now – a good diet and healthy exercise, plus all your prescribed med treatments – and the biggest thing…. don’t allow the inner critic to get too vocal. Silence him with a lot of compassion toward yourself. And… optimal wellness ultimately means balance, moderation, and feeling really good in body, mind, and spirit. Much love to you… Aunt Kate

    • Thank you Kate. I love you and I agree again where my focus should be is health, and compassion. Balance is the key. Finding it is what is difficult.

      Love and peace to you,

      -Nathan

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