How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: Goals to Start the New Year

It’s been six months since I last wrote in this health diary. Since my son, Chris, and I started to share monthly health goals with each other we’ve improved our lifestyle. Last year, we got to the point where we were both down to our ideal weight, improved our eating habits, and developed exercise routines that worked for us. You can see our progress over time in my blog category “Health Goal Diary.”

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 say I will, I feel responsible to follow through.

Since it takes 21-30 days to develop a new habit, making a goal for the month ahead is an effective strategy.  Age doesn’t matter.  It’s never too late.  You can always make progress and actually reverse the aging process!

Now that a new year is beginning, Chris and I are planning new goals, picking up from where we left off. Our last goals were:  for Chris to balance enough exercise with a low-carb diet so he would see a difference; and for me to catch up on my summer outdoor swimming that was hindered by bad weather, injury and sickness.

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How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy: Carbs

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: Carbs”

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

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By deejay2x on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy: Calories & Sleep

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: Calories & Sleep”

How Your Friends Make It Easy To Be Healthy: Wine & Sweets

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: Wine & Sweets”

How Your Friends Make It Easy To Be Healthy: Working on Exercise & Diet

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SpinMeSilly Bakes’ salted caramel brownie with ice cream by Suanie

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 (my downfall!) for a few weeks.  Chris’ goal was to cut down on chips (his downfall!) 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: Working on Exercise & Diet”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Healthy: A Personal Trainer, Boxing Classes & Cutting Carbs

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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: A Personal Trainer, Boxing Classes & Cutting Carbs”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy: Share & Tell

A Targeted Exercise Program and Lean Protein

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 January, my goal was to meet with a personal trainer to create a targeted exercise program.  Chris’ goal was to add more lean protein to his diet. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to Be Healthy: Share & Tell”

How Your Friends Make It Easy To Stick With Your Goals

Fruits & Vegetables, Wines & Beers

Chris dish in Paris
Salad at a Parisian restaurant

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 new goal each month is an effective way to improve your health.

In December, my goal was to make half of each plate fruits and vegetables.  Chris’ goal was to enjoy trying the wines and beers of his European tour.  😉 Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy To Stick With Your Goals”

How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Fit and Trim

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Click here to find out what nutritional advantage you get from each color of fruit and vegetable.

Five-a-Day & Cutting Down Serving Sizes

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

Since it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, making a new goal each month is an effective way to improve your health.

In November, my goal was to eat more than five fruits and vegetables a day.  Chris’ goal was to cut down on his serving sizes because he felt like he was eating too much. Continue reading “How Your Friends Make It Easy to be Fit and Trim”