Monday, September 1, 2014

Living to be 100 ?

                                                                 My grandmother lived to be 100.
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.

                                                                             LESSON #1

                                                                             EAT LESS

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.

                                                                                                                                       Love You


  1. Hi,dear one...I think I lost you for awhile...I lost control of my old, original blog but started a new one right away. After I started it, I realized it was a simple fix on the old one but...I hated to change in mid stream so I don't use the old one anymore.
    Sounds like you are doing well...I'm glad. Come by to see me when you can..xozo

  2. I hear you and I have lost 6 pounds over 8 weeks. Have those same concerns. Have a good week, LaTane.

  3. #1 is good advice. I try but (there's always a but) what to do about special gatherings? Yesterday I served myself a smaller piece of blueberry pie. That helps.

    Another book to look for is Younger Next Year. Lots of helpful advice there.

    Good luck.

  4. I agree with Marcia. #1 is good advice. One thing we've been doing is looking for foods that contain high fructose corn syrup, and avoiding those. We just don't get those cravings for more, and that helps control portion size over the long run.

  5. The first advice is something I started doing before we went on vacation, and largely I have continued with it (though I am not eating the right stuff anymore! :-) So, it's a great one to start with!

    Enjoyed your post, Mom....and your great email! You have indeed been BUSY!!!! :-) Glad you had a good visit with Susan, but I hate you weren't able to visit ,much. Anyway, don't forget to stop by and see the FOUR posts of mine you haven't looked at! Just a reminder (tee-hee)

  6. These are lovely photos of your mom and grandma. I see the family resemblance.
    I am trying hard to leave off bread and sweets!

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  8. Great idea, Latane! It's never too late to take care of oneself.

  9. You are fun! You are healthy as a horse!
    My hubby's had some issues. We're dealing with egg, yeast, dairy food intolerances. sigh. Plus prostate cancer. You know how it goes..


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