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?
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.