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Friday, March 15, 2013

The article in this link, which I have posted on a couple of my teams, really resonated with me. It reminded me to look at my long term future, rather than being short-sighted about my habits and attitudes.
For me, fear has its uses! I don't fear getting older per se. Wrinkles, some slowing down, greying hair, and the odd ache and pain from overuse are not deteriorations that really bother me as they are superficial and largely inevitable signs of the passing years.
But I do fear some things which with some effort on my part can be avoided or, at least, delayed. I fear being dependant, being immobile, having lower immunity, suffering lung, heart, and other organ problems. I fear the limits on my lifestyle that these problems impose. Perhaps I do resent the time exercise takes from my hobbies of reading and computing. But how much more time will I lose in the future if I don't spend a bit of time there now? Perhaps it would be easier to buy ready-made meals now and again than to prepare my own but do I really want to be relying on meals-on-wheels indefinitely in the future?
Physiologically my left eye is long-sighted and my right one short-sighted.
I think I need to remember this when I'm tempted to throw in all this healthy lifestyle - and it happens! Then I need to turn off the right side vision and have a good hard look through my long-sighted eye!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 3/22/2013 8:16AM


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VTRICIA 3/19/2013 1:56PM

    Built in mono vision! Does it work so you don't need bifocals? (I worked for a eye doc).
That is a great link!

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WIZKEY 3/16/2013 4:06PM

    I love the attitude Penny - it's good for us to remember that good health now will help us in our later years!! However, I don't think eating a ready-made meal once in a while is going to lead to meals on wheels in the future. It's okay to give yourself a break once in a while. emoticon

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GRNDMOM43 3/16/2013 3:20PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing with us.

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SCHNOOTIE 3/16/2013 8:57AM

    The article is absolutely fabulous!!!!!! THank you for sharing! That is the motivation I felt when I my doctor found that my bad cholesterol was getting into a more dangerous area. I have not had that much motivation at any time in my life than when I seriously started looking into all the horrible things my body could have to endure if I don't get on a more healthful lifestyle. What a wake up call!!

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SNUZSUZ 3/16/2013 8:27AM

    Great motivation!

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NEW-CAZ 3/16/2013 3:52AM

    Wonderful outlook, keep taking care of yourself hun, it pays dividends!

Great blog and thank you for the link.

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LYNMEINDERS 3/16/2013 2:53AM

    Awesome way to look at it
Great article as well...

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MICKEYH 3/16/2013 2:16AM

    Wow !! Bravos!! to this blog !! I loved the link. (*^^*)

Today (3/15/13) I've signed "Healthy Lifestyle Pledge" thru SP coach. For me, no more going back for my old un healthy lifestyle !! I know it will be a challenge for me but at least, I am moving forwards and towards to healthy eating and lifestyle. I am so excited and happy.

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ARTJAC 3/16/2013 1:51AM


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WENDYJM4 3/16/2013 1:51AM

    yes I wish I had look after myself when younger but I try now.

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LIBBYL1 3/16/2013 1:26AM

  and wish we realised in the same way we do now when we were younger and life seemed endless that what we did or didn't do then would effect how (and when) we aged... Just been re reading Simone de Beauvoir about aging... Her statements on it make sense to me now in a way they never could when I first read them. She keeps coming back to the fact that although she feels the same generally inside, getting older has narrowed her vision because the future is no longer endless.... and things she wants to do need to be done because there isn't a forever seeming tomorrow...

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PHEBESS 3/15/2013 10:51PM

    Exactly! I make myself walk and do my little ST routines because I know it will keep me stronger and more active as I age - and I want to remain active! So I do it, every day. (Also why I'd like to lose another 40 or so lbs, but that's another story.....)

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AWESOMECHELZ 3/15/2013 9:09PM

    Great attitude and great goals. emoticon Chelsea

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GEMLADYONE 3/15/2013 6:53PM

    The longer view is exactly why I've decided to get serious about my health. I was already finding myself limited in activities that I used to love, and nothing really gets better as you get older (at least not physical limitations). Thank you for the reminder of why we're pushing ourselves on some days!

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LADY_MARIANA 3/15/2013 6:21PM

    I have many of your same fears. And I have decided to take the gamble that exercise and a rather abstemious diet are the right horses to back.

Best wishes!

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SUSIEPH1 3/15/2013 6:16PM

    Loved your blog Penny Dear.
How very thought provoking ...
Yes it is frightening getting older, and having several health problems... and yes you are so right .

A lot of health problems can be avoided by eating healthy and exercise .. but we have to also remember the generic side of the equation.
Unfortunately, some have family history of certain illnesses, and hopefully in the future, science will have the answer to this side of it too .

We cannot afford to use anything as a excuse not to look after ourselves.
How we approach the situation of eating healthy and execising is entirely in our own hands and fortunately Sparkpeople have given us the tools to use.
Hugs Susie .
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