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The Art of Taking Care

After almost 33 years, I think I am finally learning to take care of myself.  Figure that one out.  The past (almost) three weeks, I have tried hard to eat clean, sleep more and de-stress.  I have been in the bed before 8:30 for the past four nights. I have been up with the chickens to work out.

Tonight, as I sat on the bed to write a quick blog post, I realized that this is the first time in my life that I have felt taken care of.  And I don’t mean by a parent or a man.

I mean… by myself.  I am learning the Art of Taking Care of… Me.

Now, I have advocated being kind to oneself.  I have touted “train for a tri, it’s awesome.” And both are definitely good things… but really seeking to Take Care.  That needs a novel of writing.

Really try it.  Try to go to bed obscenely early. Eat ridiculously well.  Do things that make you feel rested (for me, it’s snuggling up before bed with my laptop and the Kindle). I can’t believe what a difference it has made.

Yes, I have read Eat to Live (you can breathe a huge sigh of relief, Cindy B.) and that has helped me re-think food. As has Bob Harper’s, The Skinny Rules, and now The Paleo Diet. I find that when I read about good things, about ways to better take care of myself…. it seeps in a little.  Right now, I am devouring The 4 Hour Work Week (yah, Mountain Goat!).  [Yikes, that one may be a game changer. Watch out!]

Well, this is “Recovery Week,” so that probably helps. Still, I ran 6 miles this morning.  It was the best 6 miles I’ve run in a very, very (very) long time. It was on the treadmill, yes. But I felt calm and healthy and well.  Best run since… I would say before the foot break.

Yes, I feel good this week.  I”m semi-sane. I’m rested….  But Coach Monster reminds me to stay “neutral” in all emotions – don’t let the great days take you up too high; don’t let the bad days pull you down.  Stay even.

And actually, that’s how I feel. Evened out. But as I told my friend, Ansley, I think I’ll always be one bad day away from a 12 pack of beer and a large pizza.

But for now… It’s 8:05… Time  to head to….Zzzzzzzzz….


  • Jesseca Hauser

    August 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I am sooooo guilty of all the bad habits. I feel like I need to give this a try. I mean an honest effort. I have the paleo diet book and have not read it. Thank you for inspiring me to really give it a go. 🙂

    • Stefanie Frank

      August 2, 2012 at 12:06 am

      I think we’re ALL one bad day away from at 12 pack and large pizza — or whatever vices those demons constantly try and steer us back towards. Noone is immune.

      You’ve hit the nail on the head with taking care — CONSISTENTLY. Not perfectly, not even obsessively (though now that I write it that point can be argued I think) but consistently and with full engagement. I’ve had to learn this in a whole new way lately and it’s the triathlon training that’s pulling me through. That and a supportive husband and extremely supportive friends.

      Here’s something else — taking care also means (to me) allowing others to support and take care of you without feeling guilty about it.

  • Jess

    August 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

    This is awesome! Just looking at the pictures makes me feel calm and peaceful! The 4 Hour Work Week is also one of my favorites… I raise my glass of wine, uh I mean, water with lemon and toast to a 4 hour work week in the future! Cheers!


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