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Reflections on a healthy lifestyle in response to Kalantha's challenge

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Think about and review the reasons you began your new healthy lifestyle.

There was no one moment or cause of adopting a more healthy lifestyle. But I think the 2011 earthquakes crystallised for me the need to stay as fit and capable as possible as I age. One or two dear friends are not as independent as I am because of health problems that would probably be less limiting of life if they had taken greater care of themselves. One of my hobbies is genealogy and I realise that heart disease is throughout the family in several generations so it behoves me to do what I can with diet and exercise to counter that inheritance as much as possible.

Are those reasons still valid or seem less important?
Still valid.

Have others grown in importance?
Possibly fitness is more important to me now than weight loss but I still don't want to have to deal with excess kgs, however fit I remain!

Have you thought of any new reasons to stay on track?
Because of my friends' situations I have become more aware of what you lose when you can no longer live independently. I fell the other day and was lucky not to break anything as I have mild osteoporosis. I think being lighter and fitter than a few years ago helped me here. So it will pay off to keep fit and healthy.

Does revisiting your reasons for becoming more healthy revitalize your motivation to stay on track?
Yes, and I recently found Dr Fuhrman's Eat to Live plan which I think will be sustainable as a healthy eating scheme for my lifetime. It's unrealistic to suppose that I will always be able to do strenuous exercise - even spraining my ankle has slowed me up - and his dietary recommendations are geared to deal with these situations.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MICKEYH 11/25/2012 10:50PM

    Thank you for sharing. I never thought of keeping healthy living for independent living. But now this blog make me think twice more how important to live healthy. Especially when you get old, even healthy people will have few problem due to age. But if you are over weight and unhealthy plus old, what can you expect?? I definitely will be more serious about my health.

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CUSH1932 11/21/2012 6:06AM

    emoticon good info.

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WENDYJM4 11/21/2012 4:28AM

    that is a really good reminder about our goals as I am sure mine have changed since I joined Sparks. Will have to renew them.

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ARTJAC 11/21/2012 12:07AM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 11/20/2012 11:48PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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LADY_MARIANA 11/20/2012 10:18PM

    You seem to have very grounded, realistic, sensible and feasible ideas.

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NILLAPEPSI 11/20/2012 8:58PM

    emoticon blog!! emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 11/20/2012 8:58PM

    Key word = realistic. However we choose to change or maintain good health has got to be something "sustainable...for my lifetime," as you put it so succinctly.

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