I love Hyperbole and a Half and my favorite post there is “Why I’ll Never Be An Adult.” I’d try to describe it, but really, you should experience it yourself if you haven’t already. Go ahead, follow the link. I’ll wait . . .
Back now? Okay, my favorite part of that post is “Clean all the things!” because, dear god, it describes the way I lurch through life. But now with Re-Fab, not to mention some speed bumps in the highway of my life (one of which, you may remember, was a deer), I need to change things. Lots of things. But as I keep telling myself, I must not CHANGE ALL THE THINGS. At least not all at once.
Because changing all the things is a one-way trip to the fetal-position-of-no-change-at-all.
I’m doing good with the moisturizing, and my feet are coming along beautifully thanks to Vaseline and cheap socks. My furniture is getting refurbished. My book is getting done. These are all good things. But now comes the important stuff, a better diet and more exercise so I don’t die.
CHANGE ALL THE THINGS!
No, no, change a few things. For example, I know I have to exercise. I’m not resisting it. I’m just focusing on food right now which is hard because I hate diets. And when I started looking at diets for diabetes, it got worse, the recommendations were all over the place except for one basic agreement: No Sugar. (Reminds me of Jean Kerr who said all diets come down to one thing: No French Fries.) The problem was that while I was trying to figure all of this out, I had to eat. I wanted . . . uh . . . peanut butter. Could I have peanut butter? Google “peanut butter” and “diabetes.” YAY! It’s actually good for diabetes. Peanut butter has now become one of my major food groups. Yes, but I want peanut butter and jam. My favorite jam is Simply Fruit. Google “Simply Fruit” and “diabetes.” YAY, I can have Simply Fruit. Of course, I have to spread this stuff on something. I have whole wheat flat bagels (everybody who’s ever had colon cancer has whole wheat everything), but is it good for diabetics? Google “whole grain bagels” and “diabetes.” YAY, the fat kind of bagels are okay so the flat kind are good, too. I can have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made from the same stuff I’ve been eating for years. I don’t have to CHANGE ALL THE FOOD, I just have to check all the food first.
Really, the only things I’ve found that I’m going to have to give up are sugary stuff and potatoes, since I’ve been a high-fiber bread fanatic for thirty years. I also see a lot more fish in my future, which is okay, I like fish, (Martha Stewart likes fish, too) but if I start jonesing for sweets, there’s my favorite sugar free chocolate pudding made with skim milk that I’ve been snarfing for years which is high in sodium but good for everything else. So it turns out that, once I rip the sugar and potatoes out, my diet hasn’t been that bad, it’s just been erratic. I only have to change some of the things, like watching my sodium intake. (Did the canning companies sign a deal with the salt people because, sweet Jesus, there’s a lot of sodium in canned food. Oh, you knew that? Sorry, I’m new here.) Between MyNetDiary and NutritionData.com, I’m figuring out what I need to change, so the net has me covered. It just takes time.
Which is why I was kicking myself about how far behind I am, lots of self-criticism because I hadn’t moved on from glucose meters and food to exercise, which I know is crucial, and Lani pulled me back from the edge. She told me that I don’t have to do it all at once. I can master this stuff in increments. I should celebrate the changes I’ve already made. She’s right. So I will get to exercise, but right now I’m very proud of myself for keeping a food diary for ten whole days and staying on or under the recommended amounts in everything except sodium (because that stuff is everywhere).
CHANGE SOME OF THE THINGS. Words to live by.