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What Makes a Healthy Day?


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Sunday, May 26, 2013

I've pondered this question before, both here, on some earlier blogs, and just walking down the lane thinking about things. In many ways I approach managing my good health much the same way I manage my money. I also think I am a little better at managing money - which doesn't have as much emotional baggage as other aspects of healthy living, nor does it taste like Cheetos - or chocolate. In fact - money doesn't have any flavor at all - which is probably why it's easy to have a fairly simple routine when it comes to handling money. It goes like this:

1. Know what's in the bank
2. Know what things you need to pay for and when - and pay them first
3. Never ever dip into reserves for anything but cliff hanging dire necessities
4. Save for expensive things that cost more than you have
5. Spend whatever's left over on anything you want

I try to apply this to my making healthy choices every day - with, perhaps not quite the success I would like.

1. Find out - and know what I weigh, what shape my body is in, and how I feel in general pretty much every day. That means getting on the scale every day. It also means checking in on other physical sensations.
2. Know what and how much nutrition, sleep and exercise I need every day - and durn it all - get it. First. Before I eat dessert or Cheetos or extra junk calories or sit around watching TV.
3. Do Not Binge
4. Save up some calories (or exercise a little more) if I'm going to a foodie event
5. If I've done all the above and there are any calories left in a day's total - go ahead and eat the M&Ms or the Cheetos or whatever, till all the calories are gone. Life is supposed to have little treats in it - the operative word being "little".

So. A cute little comparison - but of course, we all know life is not that simple. With money - if I don't pay the bills on time my credit score will plummet - and if I don't pay them at all, the electricity gets turned off. On the other hand, if I don't eat all the vegetables my body needs - I will feel a little off, but only I will know. There's no nutrition collector knocking on my door, no exercise police, no food nazi.

Still, I use the analogy as a way of assessing if I'm still on my healthy living streak. And yesterday I really did not stay on my healthy streak. The day wasn't a total disaster, but I made more lazy insolvent choices than a healthy person would have. I didn't eat any vegetables at all - unless you count 4 olives - which were so salty, mm mm delicious - I always feel like they should be in the candy category. Yes. I had lots of fruit - but no other vegetables. And though I did get in a nice long walk in the beautiful May sunshine - I didn't reach my daily exercise goal. And I lay around like a slug for large chunks of the day.

So. I am on vacation. It is alright to be a bit of a slug. I don't think any single day is a deal breaker, even if it is a streak stopper. I can always start a new streak today. I've never aspired to perfect attendance in any aspect of life. What I want is MOSTLY healthy days. And for me a healthy day means following all five of those healthy steps. Yesterday I did not - Today I will.
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NASFKAB 7/26/2013 2:16AM

  great thoughtful piece thanks

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BEATLETOT 6/5/2013 4:37PM

    This IS an excellent analogy!!! And one that I can understand very well. Thanks for this!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/1/2013 11:33AM

    Ive been comparing sleep and money. We give money too much power and the non-cash transactions too little sometimes. Good way to look and spending and consuming as related behaviours.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/30/2013 11:37PM

    Great approach, great attitude, great blog – great job!! : ) I like what you said about not needing “perfect attendance” – just mostly healthy. And I liked the financial analogy too.


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ELMA1913 5/30/2013 8:42AM

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ROSE284 5/29/2013 5:12AM

    Lazy insolvent choices - Wow! I love this way of looking at it! Great blog. Money is far less emotionally fraught than food for me so maybe I need to adopt this way of looking at it as well. Thanks!

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CLAIRESML 5/28/2013 10:01PM

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SUSIEMT 5/28/2013 9:32PM

    Woo Hoo!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 5/28/2013 4:36PM

    Great blog! Now I've got things to think about... emoticon

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JIBBIE49 5/28/2013 3:21PM

    Wonderful.

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FIRECOM 5/28/2013 10:36AM

    It is obvious to me that you have a great handle on those nagging problems we all face.

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JENNAAW 5/28/2013 7:23AM

    Thank you for the very inspirational blog. Just the title alone got me thinking. I have been an all-or-nothing person all my life and I need to read thoughts like yours to help overcome this destructive thinking of mine.

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LEANJEAN6 5/28/2013 6:48AM

    just keep on Sparking girl!-Lynda emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 5/28/2013 6:44AM

    Take it one day at a time and you will be fine. Great.

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PAM_COOPER 5/27/2013 10:36PM

    We all have days like that. I had a food filled day yesterday too, but got in my walking.

I bank calories and try to spend them wisely, but every once in a while we indulge. Just trying, in this maintenance stage, to keep it real without 'breaking the bank'.

Staying mindful . . .

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JAMER123 5/27/2013 10:21PM

    emoticon for a emoticon blog!! I enjoyed it!

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SJKENT1 5/27/2013 10:20PM

    Good points! Thanks.

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CHELHART 5/27/2013 9:37PM

    That is a very nice, non-threatening analogy. It doesn't threaten people with never eating chips or cookies again. I LOVE food, cooking, flavors, home-cooked stuff that is not always low-cal...and there's nothing wrong with it. I like nice vacations, new clothes, shoes, etc...and there's nothing wrong with that...WHEN I CAN AFFORD IT

LOVE IT

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AJB121299 5/27/2013 8:51PM

    Nice

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SHANALFOSS 5/27/2013 8:33PM

    I like how you layed that out, I will defiantly be using that list daily emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 5/27/2013 8:19PM

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STRONGERLEANER 5/27/2013 4:55PM

    I think we all need a little break now and then. You didn't start an "unhealthy" streak. You just had an all-around relaxed day.

Sounds like a good balance to me!
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SIMONEKP 5/27/2013 4:36PM

    everyone takes a day off every now and again

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IAMAGEMLOVER 5/27/2013 1:09PM

    That is a very creative and interesting way to look at it. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 5/27/2013 12:31PM

  Your doing alot more positive than negative, and your becoming more and more emoticon emoticon aware.

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DIANNEMT 5/27/2013 11:43AM

    Yesterday was a "special day" and it continued with breakfast. But the rest of today will be "back to normal" and I'll recover from the extra calories. Nice to "enjoy" once in a while!!

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GRIZ1GIRL 5/27/2013 11:43AM

    An awesome comparison! Thanks!

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CICELY360 5/27/2013 11:30AM

  good stuff to think about

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JACKIE542 5/27/2013 11:18AM

    A single day is not a deal breaker, every day is a new day. emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 5/27/2013 11:11AM

    thanks for sharing!

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SHANNONY84 5/27/2013 10:49AM

    Great blog! Have a great day!

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LINDAK25 5/27/2013 10:37AM

    I have to remind myself to be flexible. I don't have to be perfect, I just have to be consistent! So, it probably wasn't your worst day ever. Loved your analogy!

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MARYJEANSL 5/27/2013 10:29AM

  Honestly, that sounds like a very good routine. I wish I were doing as well on the money side as you.

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