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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.


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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    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!

    190 days ago
    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
    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
    Give it time. That's great that you're doing so well.
    194 days ago
    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
    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
    Great changes. Let us know how things go. I think they are changes that will make a big difference.
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