F Simple and Serene Living: TAKING BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF 09 10
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TAKING BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF

Is it just me, or does it seem like there is just more self care required each year that we get older?

I can remember breezing through years without visits to the doctor. Now I have to go every six months to my primary care physician. Then there are visits to the dermatologist, the orthopedic doctor, the gynecologist.....


And of course we can't forget the dentist. Aging brings on a host of new dental woes. 

I remember my dad saying that getting old is not for sissies. Boy was he right, but I also know that over the winter I have let up on my self care. 



This morning I sat myself down and said enough with the excuses. 

It is beyond time to lose those unwanted pounds I accumulated over the last few months. 


It is time to get out and get moving again and start back on my healthy eating program. 

Putting it in writing seems to make it all the more real to me, and so I am going to write out my plan. 


I know that I want to be around for many years to come to watch my sweet grandchildren grow. It is definitely an incentive to start taking better care of myself again. 

How about you? Do you feel that now that spring is actually here you need to make changes and start taking better care of yourself?

I would love to hear what you are going to do. Maybe I can incorporate some of your ideas into my own plan?

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24 comments:

  1. I would love to get out and walk more, but it doesn't seem to be in the cards for me. I'll just do what I can.
    Brenda

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    1. I'm so sorry that your ankle hasn't healed enough so that you can walk. I feel very grateful that since I had my knee replacements I am able to walk again.

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  2. Would you mind sharing your eating plan???

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  3. I agree! I've been so busy being a caretaker that I've neglected my health. Trying to put me back on the list of things to be done and take care of!

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    1. It is so important, Linda. We tend to forget ourselves while taking care of others. I gave myself a big talking to yesterday and said that I have to put myself first now. I know it won't be easy, but I am the only one who is going to take care of my needs.

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  4. Funny that you should talk about this today. I told two people today that I was back on my program and my goal was to lose 20# by the first day of Summer! It feels good to be doing something for ME again! xo Diana

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    1. Hooray for you, Diana. We can all be in this together.

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  5. A group of us at work started back in January and I have stayed with it. Cutting back on the carbs and exercising, a bit more than I was, has helped me.

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    1. That's great, Michelle. It is wonderful that you have support. I really wanted to start in January, but my two month respiratory illness kept me from getting started. I am ready now, though.

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  6. I've declared April Health Month with a back to the Mediterranean diet that I did so well on in 2001. Yikes, that was 16 years ago. I have a feeling it's going to be a little bit harder now. Good luck to you, and all of us!

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    1. It definitely gets harder the older we get. I really wish you well with your plan. Let us know how it goes.

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  7. I use my exercise bike for10 minutes twice a day. It is from Walmart, seat sits low and only cost 100.00. I havedonemybest to cutdown to one healthy meal a day and a small snack. Almost no sweets or pizza. Drink mostly water. Take vitamins. Have lost between 16 to 20 pounds working to make it a solid 20 then on to lose 5 more making it a 25 pound loss. If that is not enough I will keep going. Also do 10to15 minutes of stretchesa day. I found ideas on you tube to help with my waist and tummy. Hope this helps.

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    1. Rita you are my inspiration. I lost 18 pounds last year, but put about half of it back on when I was sick this winter. It sounds like you really have a plan that works for you.

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  8. Every year there is more self maintenance involved in living. I've got to start hanging around with Rita. Have a great week, dear Laura.

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  9. I know I need to get back out and walk again. I've been so tired that I haven't felt like it but I feel better when I walk...every day! Hugs!

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    1. I know how much you love to walk, Diane and you live in the perfect place for it. I made myself get out and walk 30 minutes yesterday. It felt so good.

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  10. Walking is so good for many reasons. Great exercise but it helps us to breath and clear our minds too.
    Now that the weather is breaking here in Illinois I plan on getting out and walking. Helps with my stress too.
    Laura I wanted you to know you won one of the totes on my blog giveaway and I have tried a few times to contact you about getting your address. I do not think I have the right email for you anymore. So if you read this comment could you contact me with your address so I can get this mailed to you.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  11. Hooray. I am so excited that I won. I will definitely contact you. Walking helps me in so many ways. I love it, and I am so happy that spring is here because I hate walking in the cold. :)

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  12. I continue to exercise hard seven days a week. For the passed five months I cut sugar and preservatives from my diet. More lean protein and a ton of roasted veggies every week.

    Waiting for new MS Drug in a few weeks

    Cindy

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  13. I think we have so many doctors is that there is no such thing anymore of just one family doctor! They all want to send you to this specialist or that specialist, etc. It's expensive and so annoying as seems like I spend time EVERY month going to one doc or another.. and the copays are high for a "specialist" although they do one little thing and that's it. I don't remember, when I was younger, having to have blood tests every six months! and now they want that.. could just be a way to rip us off more with the copays. I've found that once past menopause (which was for me, about 14 years ago).. .it's way HARDER to lose any weight unless you do vigorous exercise along with better eating! Both my hubby and I are going to start a better eating plan and "try" to cut out almost all sugar and not buy any foods with sugar or anything similar and especially high fructose corn syrup! That is a real baddy. No more desserts for us, which will be so so hard, even though I make them gluten free and mostly use a more healthy type of sweetener. He's cut out almost all bread and I'm working on. I was pretty laid up with a bum knee and foot since last July and gained about 6 lbs. so trying to lose it, plus the extra 20 I've gained over the last 5 years! I need to do rigorous exercise at least every other day, work up a sweat, and do it for at least 20 minutes... so that is our plan. I've already started with doing stretching almost every day for about 25 minutes and just now starting to get on my glider/stair stepper thing (off brand) to get some good cardio in. I used to use the Nordic Track which is WONDERFUL. Anyone who wants to lose weight and feel better, get one of those and work up to 45 min a day or every other day! I lost 20 lbs without changing my eating habits.. but of course, was 20 years younger too! I'm just starting to walk again as couldn't with my bad foot (morton's neuroma) and knee, but after 8 months is finally feeling like I can get out and walk more. Lots of good walking workouts on YouTube and we need to move every muscle as we get older, not just our legs! I would love to see your eating plan also..... Marilyn

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  14. I need to get back to taking care of myself too. I rallied last year, but I've been slacking. Time to get out an walk ;)

    xo,
    rue

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  15. I make sure I walk a mile on the treadmill 5 nights a week.

    One of the best things I've done works great for me because I work from home. Every hour I get up and work out with hand weights for 5 minutes. It gets me up and out of my chair, it gets my blood moving and it clears my head. I usually end of doing it 3 or 4 times a day. 5 minutes at a time doesn't seem like much, does it? Easy to do!

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