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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!) is to make it more difficult to make bad wellness choices than it is to make good ...
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!) 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
~ Improved the quality of the food I buy
~ Lost 25-30 pounds effortlessly
~ Worked fitness into my lifestyle without becoming a slave to the treadmill

What's left? The things that have been intractable most of my life, but that are keeping me from really rounding out my healthy lifestyle - managing stress/anxiety and getting enough sleep.

The sleep issue hinges on the stress issue. A major reason I stay up too late is because I'm searching for "me" time, which is sorely missing in the rest of my day. If I can crush a lot of my obligations during my work day, then I can free my evenings and weekends for doing the things I actually WANT to do.

Sorry, Work, but I'm not giving you 110% anymore. You'll have to settle for maybe 80%. But, hey, as long as I clothe my lower productivity with pretty "metrics" you'll probably never even notice the difference! XD

Taken together, the lack of sleep and the mismanagement of stress hold me back by encouraging mindless eating and resisting strenuous exercise because of lowered energy levels.

Starting in September 2014: I am focusing much of my attention on untangling these two problems. It's going to take months (probably) to see real progress. That's OK, as long as the progress I DO make is steady, easy, and permanent.
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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.

I've never liked making goals, because once you reach them you just have to make new ones. "Being Happy" and "Living Long and Well" are my goals, but there's no way to make them "SMART". Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound, sure, but not really Specific and Measurable.

Therefore I now have Intentions, rather than Goals. I mean, you can have Goals and never, ever work towards them. Intentions, on the other hand, imply a little more action, though not necessarily in any specific timeframe. Suits me to a T!

My Program:
I'm permanently low carb. I am well nourished without most of the mostly-empty calories of grains, starches, or sugars. I feel better in most ways than I ever had in the past!

I am trying to be more active, as opposed to being an "exerciser". Exercise for its own sake bores me, therefore I won't do much of it. A few minutes a week of light weights, a lot of walking and running stairs while at work, and household upkeep will have to do me.

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

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"The perfect is the enemy of the good."

"Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien." Voltaire

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Member Comments:
EDDYMEESE
1/8/2015 10:15:56 PM

Thanks for your support - after I write things out I usually either feel like it is far too depressing or I realize that life could be worse, lol. I hope things are shaping up with Kyle these 2 weeks!



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DIANESKATZ
1/8/2015 7:46:38 PM

emoticon Thought I'd start your year off with a motivating poem that I found on sparkpeople. Have a great day!

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you like to win but think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will.
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are out classed you are.
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

by C. W. Longenecker




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CINDYT63
1/6/2015 5:43:57 PM

Happy New Year!!!



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EDDYMEESE
1/4/2015 9:17:22 AM

Thanks, Woubbie. I've been struggling a lot with the debilitating part of depression, as you called it. It is terrible and scary. I have good days and bad days and I think the good days make the bad days that follow even worse. I need a fairy godmother, lol.



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GURLNEXDOOR
1/1/2015 11:32:17 PM

Cheers to you to the best of the best New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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