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Things I’ve changed

Monday, August 12, 2019

Just over three weeks ago, I was relieved after three weeks of anxiety over a health check result. I read on the Internet that cleaning up your lifestyle is helpful for avoiding a repeat.

So......

I stopped alcohol. I don’t think a can or so of beer a week mattered much, but completely stopping beer is a way to remind myself that I’m using the scare to put myself on a new path. I keep the last can of beer I bought in the fridge as a reminder every time I open it.
Coffee cut from three or four to one or two.
I’ve cut down sweet things.
I’m eating more vegetables and more healthy foods generally.
I’ve reduced frying. I only ever stir-fried anyway, but I steam more instead.
I’m careful to drink enough water and avoid sports drinks because of sugar.

Emotional things I’m working on.

I stop myself worrying about the long-term future.
I remind myself that feelings only last about 90 seconds (Joan Rosenberg’s rule of thumb - TED talk: Emotional Mastery). She writes that it’s rehashing bad feelings by thinking about them that makes them seem to last longer.
I’m on vacation, so I plan my days the day before so as to avoid feeling aimless. That includes exercise, housecleaning and other things I want to achieve, like reading. I make the list fairly unambitious so I’m pretty sure to complete it.

I’m sure I’m happier after that three weeks than I was before it. Was it worth going through the scare to get to making some changes? Hmm! I can almost say it was. I don’t know yet what difference the changes are going to make in how I feel physically. I’m way behind with strength training, which I didn’t keep up during term time. My muscles are protesting the renewed routines. I don’t do a lot of fast walking outside at the moment because of high temperatures and humidity, but I do do some Leslie Sansone routines at home. I probably need to wait longer to see what difference all these changes are going to make.
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  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    It sounds like the unpleasant health scare did have a few good results. To become more conscientious about diet and exercise--that will certainly help you not only avoid a repeat but to feel better and stronger and ready for whatever comes your way.

    I sure do agree about the temperature and humidity! Whew!
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  • WATERMELLEN
    Your changes sound so good . . . and the sense of deeper appreciation of life is one I've had after health scares too. We are WORTH taking good care of, aren't we???
    193 days ago
  • BESSHAILE
    I like your plan. Is it worth it? Well - life is worth it, so pretty much however you spend your life is probably a good choice. And thank YOU for the reminder that - it's rehashing bad feelings that keeps them alive. I have a few I could set down - I think I"ll go put them in the trash can.

    Oh for the clear cool weather of autumn!
    193 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Give it time. That's great that you're doing so well.
    194 days ago
  • MICKEYH
    Way to go for making healthier changes! For the mental health, I highly recommend meditation practice just even 5 minutes of time. I read some article when you train physical muscle, it’s good idea to train emotional muscle too! Have a wonderful week.
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    194 days ago
  • IMLOCOLINDA
    Good for you! The silver lining? The list seems like a great way to get a lot done during vacation! I tend to spend too much time reading and puttering around and then feel like I should have done so much more on my time off!
    194 days ago
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    Great changes. Let us know how things go. I think they are changes that will make a big difference.
    194 days ago
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