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Life is the journey, wellness is just part of the daily routine. Thanks, FlyLady!

What positive changes can you make this month that you will do for the rest of your life?

I've been making small lifestyle improvements over a period of more than 10 years.

Why so long? First, and foremost, I'll only make permanent changes that are convenient and relatively painless. Great habits and routines have to be doable or they don't get done.

My challenge (and yours as well, dear reader) is to make it more difficult to make bad wellness choices ...
What positive changes can you make this month that you will do for the rest of your life?

I've been making small lifestyle improvements over a period of more than 10 years.

Why so long? First, and foremost, I'll only make permanent changes that are convenient and relatively painless. Great habits and routines have to be doable or they don't get done.

My challenge (and yours as well, dear reader) is to make it more difficult to make bad wellness choices than it is to make good ones. My progress so far:

~ Quit smoking.
~ Cut alcohol comsumption by 90%.
~ Upped my water intake from almost none to more than enough.
~ Cut my stress levels enormously.
~ Found the healthiest food lifestyle and will follow it for life!
~ Lost 25-30 pounds effortlessly.
~ Worked fitness into my lifestyle without becoming a slave to the treadmill.

What's left? Not much, really.

I need to improve the QUALITY OF MY FOOD CHOICES. Organic and locally grown foods are the next big target: for my family's sake in general, but even more for my DH, who is suffering from some undiagnosed food allergy that is becoming increasingly more hazardous to his health and life.

I still like to stay up too late and shortchange myself on SLEEP. I've never found a way to do this right, but that doesn't mean it's not doable. Just that I need to figure it out.

I need to add cardio activity. Meh. I'll get to it.

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Member Since: 4/27/2010

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My Goals:
Body fat is like dust; it comes and goes every day and you just have to keep after it or it builds up and makes you unhappy.

Someday I'll cross the threshold from Obese to Overweight at 191.

Maybe someday I'll reach my tracker goal of 172, which is an arbitrary number at best.

I doubt that I'll ever get back into the Normal range, because by the charts I would need to be under 160, which, at my age, is kind of unlikely. Meh. Not a big deal.

My Program:
I'm permanently low carb. It's what our bodies love to be nourished with. And that's a good word for it. By not eating much in the way of grains, starches, or sugars, I feel better nourished than I ever have in the past.

Exercise is part of life. I won't waste my time at a gym, I have real things to do!

Most of my exercise gets done in little bits during the work day. I get in about 40 minutes of walking per day, isometrics at my desk (and at home), running flights of stairs at work, and basic squats/pliés and standing crunches. I do 10 pound weights for arms and shoulders. Gonna get those "Sarah Connor" arms!

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56, happily married, two terrific sons and two adorable cats. Love me some video games!

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Member Comments:
CHAKARA1
4/17/2014 6:13:56 AM

Thank you for all the input and info on my blog. It helps to provide perspective. I just want all of this to be over. It was like we didn't realize there was a problem. We were just trying to get speech therapy and BAM. I just thought he was a little unique like his mom. You are right, it is all a balancing act.



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CINDYTW
4/17/2014 2:57:19 AM

Thanks for the "Pretend" emoticons on my blog! They did cheer me up!



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BOSS61
4/16/2014 10:49:28 AM

Way too cultured for me.



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TINIERTINA
4/15/2014 11:51:23 AM

Upper working class: renting or living in a shoddy hovel of a condo apartment, perhaps the condo being in a remote area. If in a city with lots of public transportation--owning no car. In a car-oriented city, at most one clunker or tiny late model car ... per family of 4.

Maybe if you have a house, I don't know-- hardly kept up?

Obviously, the kiddies going to public schools. Mainstreaming, little to no test prep. Heaven help if the kids have problems.



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HOUNDLOVER1
4/12/2014 12:53:00 PM

I'm curious to learn how alcohol affects blood sugars. I drink it so rarely and don't like it enough to bother with it at all any more. I think I remember that alcohol is processed the exact same way as fructose, not raising blood sugar but contributing to fatty liver in higher doses. I would assume that it does not raise insulin unless it has sugar in it. Sweet wine and sweetened liqueurs are the only types of alcohol I like so it's not worth it for me. It will be interesting for me to learn how this works for you.
Birgit



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