How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy

Lowering Carbs

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month.  Since it takes 21-30 days to develop a new habit, making a goal for the month ahead is an effective strategy.

He and I agree that making these monthly goals together and posting our results here for you to see helps us to improve our health.  I’ve always found that if I say out loud to someone what I plan on doing, I’m more likely to do it.  Because if I said I would, I feel responsible to follow through. 

Age doesn’t matter.  It’s never too late.  You can always make progress and actually reverse the signs of aging!

In July, Chris and I decided to focus on keeping our carbohydrate intake low. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Sleep & Fats

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This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month.  Since it takes 21-30 days to develop a new habit, making a goal for the month ahead is an effective strategy.

Chris and I agree that making these monthly goals together and posting our results here for you to see helps us to improve our health.  I’ve always found that if I say out loud to someone what I plan on doing, I’m more likely to do it.  Because if I said I would, I feel responsible to follow through. 

Age doesn’t matter.  It’s never too late.  You can always make progress and actually reverse the signs of aging!

In June, my goal was to keep the fat count down while I was limiting calories to 1200 a day.  Chris had unsuccessfully tried to get enough sleep last month, so he decided to try getting to bed earlier at night to see if that would help. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Sleep & Fats”

Would a Sexy New Athletic Top Get You to the Gym?

There’s a new kind of athletic top to flatter you at the gym and on the street, and age doesn’t matter.  It actually looks good on anyone because it slims you, tones your arms, keeps you cool while keeping you covered, and looks sexy to boot!

I’m talking about a new concept in athletic wear created by Jacqui Hook of Tenaz Athletics, her women’s athletic wear company based in sunny San Diego, California. Tenaz is the Spanish word for tenacious. The mission of Tenáz Athletics is to inspire in women a tenacity for staying fit and healthy regardless of age, fitness level, body type, or other perceived obstacles.

I tried one of the athletic tops from the company’s introductory Breathe line.  When it was delivered and I opened the package, I was wowed!  I got the scoop-neck top with turquoise accent stitching.  (Of course!  Turquoise is my favorite color.)

Continue reading “Would a Sexy New Athletic Top Get You to the Gym?”

13 Ways to Stop Computers from Aging You

Is your computer aging you?  Age doesn’t matter, because cosmetic surgeons claim that they are seeing more and more younger patients showing signs of aging.  These include accelerated fine lines, wrinkles, frown lines, turkey neck, deep wrinkles, and jowls.  In September 2010, the Daily Mail published an interesting report. According to a leading cosmetic surgeon, professionals who sit for hours in front of the computer—and who tend to squint, frown, or remain in one position for a long period of time—are at a greater risk for the appearance of premature aging.  But there are many things you can do to prevent this from happening. Continue reading “13 Ways to Stop Computers from Aging You”

Did You Know Sitting is the New Smoking?

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking?  Actually, it’s worse.

Age doesn’t matter.  From early childhood to old age, the amount of sitting has increased as we have become a sedentary society.  Not only do we sit at work all day, but we also sit in our cars as we travel from place to place, sit down for meals, and then sit down on our couch to watch television in the evenings and on weekends.

A blog article by Anytime Fitness called Scared Sit-less reported that “a 2008 Vanderbilt University Study of 6,300 people published in the American Journal of Epidemiology estimated that an average American spends 58% of waking time (7.7 hours a day) in sedentary behaviors such as sitting. Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and inventor of the treadmill desk, has found that ‘Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.'” Continue reading “Did You Know Sitting is the New Smoking?”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy

Counting Calories and Getting Enough Sleep

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month.

Since it takes 21-30 days to develop a new habit, making a goal for the month ahead is an effective strategy.

Chris and I agree that making these monthly goals together and posting our results here for you to see helps us to improve our health.  I’ve always found that if I say out loud to someone what I plan on doing, I’m more likely to do it.  Because if I said I would, I feel responsible to follow through. 

Age doesn’t matter.  It’s never too late.  You can always make progress and actually reverse the signs of aging!

In May, my goal was to count calories (for the first time ever!) and keep them down to 1200 a day.  Chris was so exhausted from insomnia and hard work that he decided to try to get enough sleep each night. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy”

The Secrets of How to Live to 100

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I don’t know about you, but I want to have lifelong health for at least 100 years or beyond!  There are plenty of role models in this world letting us know that age doesn’t matter; it doesn’t have to stop movement, exploration, learning, beauty, self-expression.  Your true self is love, it’s wisdom, and it doesn’t stop.

With that in mind, I am presenting links to articles and videos on centenarians and how they made it to age 100 or more. Continue reading “The Secrets of How to Live to 100”

How Your Friends Make It Easy To Be Healthy

Cutting Down on Wine and Sweets

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month.

Since it takes 21-30 days to develop a new habit, making a goal for the month ahead is an effective strategy.

Chris and I agree that making these monthly goals together and posting our results here for you to see helps us to improve our health.  I’ve always found that if I say out loud to someone what I plan on doing, I’m more likely to do it.  Because if I said I would, I feel responsible to follow through. 

Age doesn’t matter.  It’s never too late.  You can always make progress and actually reverse the signs of aging!

In April, my goal was to cut down wine and sweets to every other day.  Chris couldn’t think of a new goal, so he decided to maintain the progress he had already made on his healthy lifestyle. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy To Be Healthy”

How Your Friends Make It Easy To Be Healthy

The Gym, Chips, Wine & Sweets

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month.

Since it takes 21-30 days to develop a new habit, making a goal for the month ahead is an effective strategy.

Chris and I agree that making these monthly goals together and posting our results here for you to see helps us to improve our health.  I’ve always found that if I say out loud to someone what I plan on doing, I’m more likely to do it.  Because if I said I would, I feel responsible to follow through. 

In March, my goal was to go to the gym two or three times a week and cut out all sweets and wine for a few weeks.  Chris’ goal was to cut down on chips again because he had been eating the corn chips when going out to the Mexican restaurants he loves. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy To Be Healthy”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy

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A Personal Trainer, Boxing Classes and Cutting Carbs

This is a diary of the healthy lifestyle goals that my son, Chris, and I are making together each month.

Since it takes 21-30 days to develop a new habit, making a goal for the month ahead is an effective strategy.

Chris and I agree that making these monthly goals together and posting our results here for you to see helps us to improve our health.  I’ve always found that if I say out loud to someone what I plan on doing, I’m more likely to do it.  Because if I said I would, I feel responsible to follow through. 

In February, my goal was to meet with a personal trainer.  Chris’ goal was to cut down on carbs and to take boxing classes. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy”