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    Default The 2016 Healthy Habits Thread

    2015 started to see some new members in it But I think instead of a challenge set this year, 2016 we focus on creating healthy habits and sticking to them. Make it more of a community discussion and reflection rather than an obligation for perceived success. Fitness is a life long thing, after all.

    I've been chugging along so far with my work outs, but I still need to muster the motivation to stretch--something I frequently WANT to do but never DO do.

    Meals I've cooked lately:
    - Sweet potatoes stuffed with a shredded broccoli, onion, leek, mushroom mix
    - Pumpkin oatmeal
    - Mini quiches
    - Several vegetable soups since it's winter and COLD here!
    - Pho The kitchn has a pretty decent recipe for the broth.
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    I've decided I'm going to significantly cut down on my sugar intake. This is partially because I generally feel better when I keep to a low sugar diet but also because my body seems to having a more and more difficult time with it and I'm getting gastro related problems because of it. Blah.

    So, that's my first habit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinker683 View Post
    I've decided I'm going to significantly cut down on my sugar intake. This is partially because I generally feel better when I keep to a low sugar diet but also because my body seems to having a more and more difficult time with it and I'm getting gastro related problems because of it. Blah.

    So, that's my first habit!
    I've been watching my dad struggle with DM2 and it's not an easy task, and one that seems to be overall fairly rewarding whether you have health issues or not to take in a bit less sugar.

    This year, I hope to re-calibrate my cooking style so that I'm eating home cooked meals for every single meal besides 1/2 of my breakfasts (cereal) + 1 night and 1 cheap day out to eat a week.

    I'd like to aim for lower sodium intakes and sugar intakes as well, but I think focusing more on fruits and veggies are the way to go for me overall. I sort of re-vamped my spice rack to have sodium-free low-sugar seasonings.

    As far as excerise.. I want to change it up, do 3x a week of 1-hour to 1 1/2 hour long sessions, followed by 2x a week of 20-30 minute sessions + stretching for 30 minutes, and 1x a week of 10-15 minute work outs plus a 40+ min stretching work out, with a day off to wiggle around. I really need to focus on my flexibility.. and while I think I need to improve on my running and cardio, I don't think I'm really going to start on that until it's warmer out. Definitely not in Jan/Feb when it's miserably cold out. So, for now, I need to really focus on my hips and back and legs.
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    For me it's:

    - Less industrial sugar, preferably none. Very ambitious and I won't be able to do this completely, but I'll try.
    - Include more green vegetables into my daily meals, so broccoli, peas, etc.
    - More water! I drink about 1 1/2 liters per day, but I can feel that it's not enough. At least 2 liters.
    - More fresh air!! I hate cold temperatures, as soon as they start rising again I'll try to go outside for at least 2 hours every day.
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    Last year I decided my new years resolution was to start going to the gym. So there's that
    Also going to start using floss, exfoliate my skin, and try talking to more people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyuuei View Post
    I've been watching my dad struggle with DM2 and it's not an easy task, and one that seems to be overall fairly rewarding whether you have health issues or not to take in a bit less sugar.

    This year, I hope to re-calibrate my cooking style so that I'm eating home cooked meals for every single meal besides 1/2 of my breakfasts (cereal) + 1 night and 1 cheap day out to eat a week.

    I'd like to aim for lower sodium intakes and sugar intakes as well, but I think focusing more on fruits and veggies are the way to go for me overall. I sort of re-vamped my spice rack to have sodium-free low-sugar seasonings.

    As far as excerise.. I want to change it up, do 3x a week of 1-hour to 1 1/2 hour long sessions, followed by 2x a week of 20-30 minute sessions + stretching for 30 minutes, and 1x a week of 10-15 minute work outs plus a 40+ min stretching work out, with a day off to wiggle around. I really need to focus on my flexibility.. and while I think I need to improve on my running and cardio, I don't think I'm really going to start on that until it's warmer out. Definitely not in Jan/Feb when it's miserably cold out. So, for now, I need to really focus on my hips and back and legs.
    Sounds like a good plan, one I think I shall adopt as well. I'm about to move into a new house and I've already got a paved out section of yard reserved as a training area!! My goal is have a flat stomach by the end of the year
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    I'll try and eat less meat. I mean I won't refuse it if someone gives it to me, but I won't seek it out.
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    I'm going to start using the slow cooker; low temperature cooking is supposed to be a relatively healthier way to cook meats. You don't get the glycotoxins (which are suspected to cause Type 2 Diabetes) from frying and grilling.
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    Meditation is my new habit, walking and hiking. Meditation is centered around preserving equinimity
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    Weekly(ish) update!:

    Going pretty strong on this 3-2-1 exercise plan of mine. Fitness blender is a god send. Still really want some good stretching videos though. For now I keep sticking to 30 days of Yoga + fitness blender because, honestly, the rest are preaching shit that makes me groan and roll my eyes.

    Home cooked beef and veggie stir fry tonight courtesy of my boyfriend! What a swell guy. Gumbo for tomorrow, and I had a pita wrap sandwich for breakfast. I'm eating down the stuff we have in the house.. far toooo much food reserves in the pantry.

    I've been drinking a pretty fair amount of water, increasing my intake. I used to drink like a fish out of water, but when I shifted to night shift + colder weather here in a new state, I never feel thirsty. That mechanism is starting to kick back in now that I've been spacing out my intake over the day/night. My biggest ally? A small, tiny water bottle. Just an 8 oz bottle. People are touting around giant canisters of stuff thinking they have to drink all of it.. for me? I chug the 8 oz, fill it up again, and set it near my charting station. I seem to remember it more and the baby steps of "oh that was easy" are far more suited for me.

    Mental sanity: I'm setting my dates and requesting them off for Japan! I'm still talking to my manager about how to balance Japan + Montreal, then I'm putting the dates in. It'll be perfect: it's not summer, not on the holidays I opted to work, warm enough here that we won't miss spring coming or worry about freezing pipes, cool enough that my boyfriend won't die in Japan during the summer time, and although I am a little sad it won't quite by cherry blossom season starting, it'll still be around, and the major festivals are all around it vs on it so the travel won't be so bad either. I also finished my stupid defensive driving course and I am sending it off to the courts in Texas and I will finally be free of that awful moment in time.

    Home health: This month I am cleaning up my email box, and my pictures on my phone. Digital stuff I can do quietly at night on my nights off while my BF sleeps. If I can get done with all of that in time, I'll scan some documents in that can be digital + burned after. I also started my budget this year of saving for my new home. Laid it all out, and turns out I think I can make it work if I work weekends + pick up an occasional over time shift when the opportunity arises.

    Career health: I think I am going to try the sepsis training classes and attempt to be a better expert in sepsis recognition and reaction. It seems like something that, if you practice enough, it could really influence care no matter where you go or what floor you're on. And, like strokes, it has a set parameter of "if this, do this" that, once you get down, is almost muscle memory. Right up my alley of wanting to be a know-it-all + needing strict "there's only this option" in emergency situations.
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