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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.

Personal Information:
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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WEARINGTHIN
12/25/2014 1:45:05 PM

Hello to my old low carb friend. Hope you are enjoying the most of this holiday season. Glenn



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IMAVISION
12/25/2014 3:45:16 AM

I just read this poem & felt it too good not to share on this CHRISTmas Eve! God bless!

{This is another version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas' }


'Twas the night before Jesus came
and all through the house
Not a creature was praying,
Not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call
We'll find that the Bible was true after all!


(by Reverend Edward M. Gionest, Sr.)

To those who receive Him, He gives the power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on his name. Repent and declare with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved.



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MYDARLINSLOVE
12/23/2014 8:54:48 PM

Love your profile pic. Nice to see another WOW person emoticon



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MORTICIAADDAMS
12/15/2014 4:19:23 PM

Thanks, I have not tried the rose hips and had not thought about it. Thanks for the info on it.



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TX_WILDHEART
11/19/2014 11:25:11 AM

THank you for your huddle support. I really does mean a lot to me... feels like I have folks in my corner! emoticon
Rhonda




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