My Mom to 92.
I am 80. I wonder how long I will live. Goodness knows I am already feeling some effects of slowing down. Just makes a body wonder, doesn't it?
Recently my daughter, Susan, gave me a book. It was written by Dr. Mao Shing Ni. It's title, "Secrets of Longevity - Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100". It might be a little late in my life to think about major changes but you know what they say "You are never too old to...."
I know I am overweight
I know I don't exercise.
I know I let stress get the better of me.
I know I don't take care of myself.
Hmmmm... let's see. I opened the book and began to read. The text wasn't complicated. It was more like a bullet list. That I can handle. I like it when they just spell it out and don't hide what I am looking for in a bunch of unnecessary words, for gosh sakes.
I started thinking .... 'you keep talking about getting healthier'. For Gosh Sakes JUST DO IT!!!!
Easier said than done, right? So, I decided I would make it fun and hold me accountable. What better way than to have all of you looking over my shoulder, counting my calories, watching my walk.
In fact, I invite you to join me. I'd love to get some dialog going about being healthier.
The book is divided into chapters. The first one is 'What You Eat'. Well, what's new there? The book is patterned after old Chinese beliefs of being healthy and you know that the Chinese live a long, long time.
So, every Monday morning I will add a blog post using the tips and suggestions from the book and I will tell you how diligent I am being (OR NOT). Like I say
JOIN IN IF YOU LIKE
As a Chinese court physician said over 4,000 years ago, the Chinese practice meditation to help maintain harmony. They eat balanced meals, arise and go to bed at regular hours and do not overindulge in anything.
stop eating when I am 3/4 full
A reduction in caloric intake can increase life expectancy. I plan on keeping a journal of food intake this week and hopefully for a long time to come.
I hope you will check in next Monday to see how well I did this week. And, feel free to give me 'what for' if I slip up.