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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 consumption 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 small fitness routines into my lifestyle

What's left?

Managing stress and anxiety
Getting enough sleep
Creating a better work/life balance
Diagnosing and treating my low thyroid condition

The sleep issue is intertwined with 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.

Taken together, the lack of sleep and the mismanagement of stress hold me back by encouraging overeating for energy and resisting strenuous exercise because of low energy levels.

Starting in September 2014 I focused my attention on untangling these two problems. I made SOME progress. I now have a "rule" that I have to do my best to get 6 hours of sleep minimum during the week. I'm actually doing pretty well at that level.

As to stress, my job and Kyle's school challenges combined to make my late summer, fall, and winter one long low-level anxiety attack. Now in the Spring of 2015, the work pressure has abated quite a bit and Kyle's projects are beginning to wind down. I am turning my attention to a subject that I've ignored all these years, my probable hypothyroid condition.

Phase 1: Read, read, read. Knowledge is power! (Started/In progress. This is an ongoing process)
Phase 2: Experiment with ThyroGold supplement (Started/In progress. So far so good. Had to make a few adjustments to the timing. I might have to switch decongestants, though.)
Phase 3: Optimizing. I need to find my energy!
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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. 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 intention is to Be Happy and Live Long and Well.

My Program:
I'm permanently low carb. I am well nourished without many 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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Thanks so much for your helpful comments on my blog! You gave me a lot to think about.. thank you!

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thank you for your support!
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