Health Habits

No matter what age you are, what your current level of health or what kind of lifestyle you lead, the building blocks for health are the same. The only question is how you apply them and how committed you are to gaining health.

Having just spent the last couple of weeks with the flu, I am reminded of the importance of reviewing these once in a while and looking at where I may have been limiting my own health. There's always room for improvement and I am always learning new things. But, here's a start...

Take a walk

I've spent the last two weeks sick with the latest flu going around. Last evening I talked with my son and he had been sick as well. The main difference is it only lasted a few days for him. As we talked, I was thinking about why he would be healthier than me, besides age. In the course of the conversation he told me about several of his friends who had been ill. The common theme that seemed to run throughout how long someone was sick had to do with walking.

Make it homemade

Choose a food item you would normally purchase and make it from scratch. It could be something as simple as a cake or cookies or something as seemingly complex as making bread. Reconnecting with how our food is made can be very empowering. We come to understand what is in our food and what it takes to make it a reality.

Homemade food is also much more tasty once we get the hang of it. I started making homemade bread a few months ago. We ate a few slices off of the first loaf when it was warm and the rest ended up as bread crumbs for stuffing.

Team Up

My Mom, daughter and possibly my granddaughter are teaming up to lose weight in 2008. We've setup a Google spreadsheet to track our progress, listed our current weights and committed to a goal for the year. Our plan is to check in with each other weekly and look at our week's loss at that point. Then support one another in any way we can.

The reward... besides increased family communication and fun... we plan to do a spa day at the end if we meet our accumulated goal. Definitely a win-win!