Have you ever tried to ride a bike with a flat tire? It’s hard. Really hard. Forget about soaking up the sunshine or taking in the scenery. You’re just focused on muscling yourself forward, foot by frustrating foot.
That’s kind of what it’s like when you’re trying to manage gastroparesis with an unbalanced management plan. It’s a constant struggle, mentally and physically, just to get from one day to the next.
A well-rounded (comprehensive) management plan, on the other hand, makes the journey toward living WELL with gastroparesis much easier and more efficient.
Now you’ve heard me talk a lot about the comprehensive management plan before — it’s the foundation of the LWWGP approach, after all. But have you taken an actual look at your plan lately? Have you seen in black and white just how much time and attention you devote to each area? I hadn’t until just the other day… and the results surprised me!
For the first class of the Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis Program, I created a worksheet that reveals exactly what you need to work on to strengthen your plan and therefore improve your symptom management (and quality of life!). This weekend I filled out the worksheet myself and, well, you can see my results above. My “tire” is a little wobbly, to say the least.
Here’s the thing: I know that I need more physical activity, more relaxation, and more sleep (Lily, are you listening?). But seeing the picture of my jagged circle made it very clear how not prioritizing those things is impacting my entire plan — and probably making the other things I am doing less effective.
I found this exercise so helpful that I couldn’t see giving the worksheet only to the people in my group program. I want all GPers to have it because I really believe that maintaining a comprehensive gastroparesis management is one of the keys to living WELL (and maybe even getting well) with gastroparesis.
So below you’ll find the worksheet, as well as a clip from the first class in the Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis Program. In these six minutes, you’ll learn the three goals of gastroparesis management, the things that all effective management plans have in common, and the nine aspects of a well-rounded plan.
Listen to the clip (6 minutes)
Evaluate Your Plan
Print the worksheet and follow the instructions. Be really honest with yourself as you do the exercise. (Nobody else has to see it!)
Balance Your Plan
If you’re like me, you see that a couple aspects of your plan need more attention.
Now, if your circle is tiny with all of your dots bunched towards the center, or you have several areas that need a lot of attention, the very best resource I can recommend is the Living (Well!) with Gastroparesis Online Program.
If you’d prefer one-on-one help, I am also offering a limited number of private telephone consultations.
Otherwise here are some do-it-yourself resources to help you inflate your tire, making your journey toward living WELL easier and more efficient:
- The Brighter Side of Eating for Gastroparesis (On-Demand Class)
- The Eating WELL Approach to Weight Maintenance
Appropriate Medical Treatment