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Try a Little Tenderness

Saturday, September 14, 2019

As my teammates know, I've been struggling with some late-season sore throat. I've got tonsils, and do they ever love a chance to explode and triple in size!

And, not to veer into complaint-land, but last night I had one of the top five worst headaches of my life. Does anyone know if there are lymph nodes on the back of the neck?

Enough of that. I'm seeing this as another, gentle lesson in course correcting. For me, that means realizing that all my talk about this being a life journey means that, sometimes, there are down times. Recess. Rest. Retreat.

Like a lot of Sparkers, I'm an all-or-nothing kind of girl. I'm 100% IN! Tracking every last sip of water! Taking all the steps I can!

Or, I'm disillusioned, disbelieving in myself, and taking a few months off the site completely.

We talk about this so much on SparkPeople - being gentle with ourselves, being forgiving. Being kind when something in us has compelled us to eat without stopping, or we've given up and not exercised for an entire week.

First lesson to self:
Staying on the couch when my tonsils are basketball-sized is self-care, not defeat.

Second lesson to self:
Finding balance at all times - and realizing that balance is an ocean wave, not a standing rock.

I'm here. I'm gentle. I am making the best decision in any given moment that I can.

This is not a race.

This is Life.

Otis Redding, "Try a Little Tenderness"
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  • SPICY23
    emoticon emoticon Hot lemon tea to soothe that throat.
    Shhhhhh, give the voice a little rest break too if you can. If not, whisper, you might be surprised how people prick up their ears emoticon .

    Being gentle with oneself can be the hardest thing to do. Good luck.

    Peace and Care
    55 days ago
    YES there are lymph nodes in the back of your neck at the base of your hair line. If they are swollen they are fighting off infection, you should see a Dr. as anaphylactic shock can be extremely serious. You may just need an antibiotic.

    I learned my allergy to hair dye from those swollen lymph nodes.

    Hope you are feeling much better soon friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    61 days ago
    I'm glad you're being gentle with yourself and taking the time to rest.


    61 days ago
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