Thursday, January 5, 2017

Just Curious...How Do You Stay Healthy?

It's a new year and for many that means working out and loosing weight. As I said I don't make resolution but many do and I wish those of you that are using the start of the new year to kick off a new and healthier you good luck.

I personally believe that not every exercise is for every person, and by that I mean, not that you are unable to do it, but that you do not like it. If you do not like it often times you will not do it. So I think that you have to find the exercises that you like and do those. Then you will be successful at working out and getting healthier. 

 For instance two years ago  I took up CrossFit and although I found it challenging and interesting it wasn't my favorite form of exercise and therefore everyday was a struggle for me to go, so when my initial 6 months were over I stopped going.

What works for me is walking or running no less than 10,000 steps a day or, yoga and light weights. That is not to say that I am not open to other forms of exercise but this is what I do now. If I lived where it snowed I would be out on my snowshoes everyday. 

As for eating, lets just say that I do not like to diet and I am not one for deprivation. The minute I "can't" have something it is all that my mind thinks about. For the most part I try to eat a balanced diet but I do eat whatever I want. That said, I don't eat whatever I want, which is usually grilled cheese, pizza or pasta, everyday. Typically I save that for Friday or Saturday. As for sweets, if you are a regular reader than you know that I bake a lot. My secret is that I only eat or keep the piece that I use for the photo shoot. The rest I share with friends.

So tell me, if you do not mind sharing, how do you stay healthy? Do you follow a certain diet, or eating plan, and what do you do for exercise? Are you a runner or walker, weightlifter, a yogi or perhaps you do Pilates or CrossFit?

At yoga a few days ago our wise yogi said this, "you do not need a new year to start over, you can start over a day from now, or even 1 minute from now, there is always the opportunity to change and be the person that you want to be."

I hope that you have a fabulous day and a fabulous year!


  1. I think you're right, you need to find exercise you enjoy, for me it's tennis & strength yoga, plus a lot of walking. Thankfully, I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but man, I do love to eat. I try to control the portions and savor the flavor. After letting loose for the holidays I need to get back on the regime!

  2. You are so right. There is no "best" exercise or "best" diet. I also think that deprivation is a bad thing; I like to consider it procrastination--I put off dessert for Saturdays only. It's not never--just later. That, with healthy eating, has kept me at about the same weight for 25 years.
    As for exercise, even for an individual, there's no "best" for life. I've done many kinds, from Jane Fonda aerobics to biking, walking, running, yoga, "musculation" and Pilates. I'm on the third year of a Pilates/running phase. 30 mins on a stationary bike was great when my kid was little and I needed to be within hearing distance. Now being outdoors and running appeals.

  3. Great topic and wise thoughts that not every exercise or eating regimen is the same for everyone. Here's what has worked for me for about 37 years:
    1. eat tons of fruits and vegetables (but you see, I LOVE this stuff)
    2. hydrate, especially in the morning. I am not a coffee drinker, and I know I'm a minority in that category! But the first thing I drink after waking is water.
    3. eat breakfast.
    4. I don't snack, never have; I simply can't eat that much since I do eat three meals.
    5. listen to my body as far as when to go to sleep and when to wake.
    6. exercise moderately but consistently. Walking is best these days, but I've done everything from running, dancing, etc....all in its due time, but for my older years, walking. KEEP MOVING.
    7. be creative. Problem solve from deep important things to small, creative ones.
    8. be happy. Laugh.
    9. spend time outdoors as much as possible.
    10. lay all your burdens on HIM.

  4. My exercise consists of walking and swimming, as well as hiking and climbing when opportunity allows in other seasons.

  5. Great post! I stay healthy by MOVING my body everyday--manual labor, walking the dog 2 times a day, and swimming about 2500 yds five days a week. I rarely feel like rolling out of bed and into the pool, but I set myself up for success by having a cup of coffee at home, first, then I head to the gym. I make myself get up before I really want to and am happy to get more done early!
    Food-wise I am on the moderate track-eating lots of fruit and veggies, some protein, trying to not eat too many carbs, oh, the beloved carbs!

  6. Hello dear Elizabeth... I like walking outside a lot better than a treadmill. During the week I try to be good cuz the Mister cooks on the weekends.

  7. Interesting question!! After overdoing it during the holidays, I have been trying to eat clean - no sugar, unfortunately. Except I am headed to Charleston, where I just "have to" indulge a little!! Stay warm - I just heard you were getting quite a bit of snow!! xoxo

  8. NO DIETS for me.
    I do PILATES REFORMER three days a week.
    I NEED TO START WALKING AS WELL.................I DONOT LIKE TO WALK!How can WE change that!


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