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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

SparkPoints: 85,705

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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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12/31/2014 5:54:33 PM

Woubbie, Thanks for stopping by my blog. My math was totally off and I found that collecting SS at 62 like most people is a total suicide based on life expectancy of 85. I hope your sis and BIL wait until full retirement to collect SS. My calculation shows that waiting until 70 is too long. You can only get ahead at around 90 and beyond. Full retirement seems to be the sweet spot with risk/reward ratio. The trick is to figure out how long you will live. LOL



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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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