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.
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.