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Almost Quit Before I Got Started

This is the body that dieting got me. Let's see where a healthy lifestyle leads.

This is the body that dieting got me. Let’s see where a healthy lifestyle leads.

I had decided at the beginning of January that I would make February the month that I concentrated on affirming that one of my life’s goals is to become more energetic, fit, strong, and healthy. Then later in January I fell from a ladder and injured my knee so I started wondering whether I would be able to exercise like I wanted. Then at the beginning of February, in addition to the injury, I caught a cold. Because of all this, I confess that almost quit before I even got started.

But rather than quitting, I decided to press on and not let the excuses keep me from doing what I knew was in my best interests. I continued doing what I knew I needed to do to be energetic, fit, strong, and healthy even though I did not feel like it.

Amazing things Happened When I Didn’t Quit

At the beginning of the month I slept as much as I needed to fight the cold. Rather than feeling sorry for myself and eating junk food when I wasn’t feeling well, I ate hot nutritious soup and a lot of fruit. Even though I had a knee injury, I exercised as much as I could exercising my upper body. I took supplements for my injured joint. As the cold symptoms subsided, I felt my energy return. My energy did not just return, but I felt better than I had in months. With the help of the supplements, my knee has been improving. I find that I am able to walk over a mile now without pain. In addition, the back pain that I had previously experienced also has become nonexistent.

In the middle of the month we had a huge snow storm that slowed down my ability to get out and walk for a few days. Rather than using that as an excuse not to exercise, I did exercises inside particularly using my five pound weights to build my upper body strength.

I have not focused on losing weight or obsessing over food, but I have lost an additional five pounds over the course of this month. I look better, and most of all, I feel better without the excess weight.

The Healthy Habits Will Continue

Just because this is the end of February, and I will not be posting on this subject any longer does not mean that I will not continue the healthy habits that I have established. All I have done during this month is establish, affirm, and focus on  the healthy habits that I intend to continue for a lifetime

Learning to Major in the Basics

I am learning more and more that the basics must serve as the ground work in any endeavor that I pursue. In the long run, there are no shortcuts. Whether I am looking to be organized, productive,as was the affirmation for January  or to be energetic, fit, strong and healthy this month, there are certain ground rules that I need to follow to be the success that I know that I can be. Majoring in the Basics may not be the Eye-catching headline. that Lose Fifty Pounds in Five Weeks would offer, but it is a whole lot more realistic and honest. It really does work. There really are no shortcuts.

The Focus in March

My affirmation in March will be I am a charismatic individual. This does not mean that I am an egocentric individual. It means that anyone that I am around feels comfortable around me. They know that I understand them, and that I offer them friendship.

I have already started to see some of the areas where I  threaten others.Even though I am an introverted person,  I confess that I tend to act like a know-it-all. but it is a defense mechanism against my shyness.  I use it as a weapon against people who I feel threaten my self confidence. So one of the things I will be working on this month is that I will practice being more kind than right. The idea is to step into the other person’s shoes and look at our conversation from their side.

When out and about, because I am an introvert, I tend to hide behind my extroverted friends when meeting new people. My goal this month includes getting out and around other people, people that I don’t know. On the 9th 10th and 11th I am going to Branson with my daughter and I plan on practicing meeting people. In addition, in March I intend to begin going to several different churches in the area to reconnect with people that I know and to meet new people.

I also want to connect with more people on line and learn to help others connect with more people online. March is shaping to become a very challenging month for me.

2014-04-07 07.07.08

Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 


Imagine the Headline “120 Year Old Woman Killed in Sky Diving Accident”

sky diver

During this month, I am focusing on the affirmation “I am Energetic, Fit, Strong, and Healthy. One of my goals (or at least dreams) is to live to be 120 years old and die in a sky diving accident,. I don’t want it to happen that a sky diver falls on my wheelchair at the nursing home! I want to go out of this world still living. I want to go out like a friend of mine did. She was sitting at the dining room table talking. The person she was talking with was doing something in the room and asked a question of my friend. When my friend didn’t answer, the woman turned around and my friend had died.

A person’s demise may seem like a morbid topic and may seem inappropriate for a month when the affirmation is about health, but I think that this goal is probably the most important goal in my life. Its a SMART goal really. It is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Limited. This is the ultimate goal of all my goals, because with it I might actually be able to accomplish all of the other lifetime goals that I want to accomplish.

Having My Ultimate End in Mind

To accomplish THAT goal, this month’s affirmation is very important, because only by living this affirmation now, will I be able to achieve that goal or most of my others for that matter. Right now I have no serious health issues. I have a strong heart, low-normal blood pressure, normal blood sugar, and low cholesterol levels, The worst health issues I currently have are some osteo-arthritis in my shoulders and lower back , bunions, and obesity. I take no medications, but I do take a few food supplements.

The Problem with Medications

Approximately 65% of Americans take prescription medications on a daily basis. In addition, According to the Journal of American Medicine approximately 106 thousand people die every year from prescription medications every year. (only 15 thousand die of illegal drug use). Prescribed medication over dose is the fourth leading cause of death and prescribed complications from medication usage is the sixth leading cause of death behind heart disease, cancer, and stroke. All those medications statistically do not make us live longer or healthier either. These statistics does not come from some obscure source, but can be found in JAMA literature.

I take no medications, but I do take a few food supplements. I believe that good health can’t be obtained by taking medications. I cannot think of any medication that actually cures anything. Most, at best, treat symptoms or kill off disease (along with healthy cells). It is our bodies that heal using the building blocks offered in foods and food supplements. Water, exercise, and rest also play an important part in the healing process.  Promoting my health through healthy practices is the best tools I have available to me to reach my goal of living to be 120.

How about you? How long would you want to live, if you knew that you could live to be 120 years old and still be healthy enough to sky dive? What are you willing to do to accomplish that goal?

 

2014-04-07 07.07.08

Cygnet Brown has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. For info about Cygnet Brown and here books, click here.

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