So for the past 8 weeks I’ve been at Good Samaritan Hospital in my clinical rotation. I can’t believe that I only have 2 weeks of staff relief left and then a major portion of my internship is complete!
In the past two weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to help out with some wellness initiatives at the hospital. There was a formal cooking demo featuring healthy Mediterranean entrees and side dishes last week. And then this Tuesday, we had a live cooking demo in the hospital cafeteria during the lunch hour that featured Pecan Crusted Chicken and roasted vegetables.
I’ll have to check and see if I can share the recipes with you, but it was a lot of fun watching the chef prepare fresh meals and answering questions about the health benefits of the meal. We even had a lady say she never liked vegetables, so we offered her a sample. Guess what!? She actually liked them and took some with her entrée. Small victories for this RD to be
Switching gears a little bit, I wanted to share an epiphany that I had this week…well actually about 3 hours ago on a run.
It was a terrible, terrible run. In the last few days I’ve just felt run down, exhausted, and really almost on the brink of getting sick. So the last 2 evenings, I’ve skipped my workout in favor of sweats, a warm meal, and an early bed time. Today I felt a little bit better and guilted myself into running….the sun was shining and it had been 2 days since I last worked out. Well my body fought back, and fought back hard.
I end up walking.
It ended up being a short run – 1 mile. Within the first 5 minutes I knew that pushing my body wasn’t right. I felt stiff and unusually uncomfortable. Almost like the tin man without oil.
I realized in that moment, you have to be kind to yourself. Give yourself a little slack. Your 100% is always going to be a moving target, and learning to accept and be grateful for where your 100% is that day can be difficult.
This goes for anything. Whether you’re starting something new or it’s a routine, be kind to yourself. The world isn’t going to do it for you. One of my favorite quotes is from “Eat, Pray, Love” when Elizabeth is learning Italian, her Italian instructor tells her “You must be polite with yourself when you are learning something new”
While running isn’t new to me, I need to be polite with myself when my body is telling me no. I also need to be polite with myself when I’m starting a new endeavour. We want so much to master something and never make mistakes, but the pathway to mastery is paved with mistakes. It is how we learn. Instead of getting frustrated, we need to learn to enjoy it.
Be kind to yourself and enjoy the journey. We live in the journey, not in an end point
How can you learn to be more kind to yourself today?
PS: If you’re interested! I just purchased my 2nd pair of compression socks (more details to come). I got 40% on ProCompression with the discount code “MARCH”. Needed a nice and clean white pair for spring/summer Do you wear compression socks?