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Health Improvements!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

SparkCoach suggested blogging about all the ways that I have noticed improvements since living a healthier lifestyle. And Chris Downey's video lecture was on how to stay motivated when the scale isn't budging. BOTH of these topics are certainly appropriate to me!!!

Here is what I have noticed, and what keeps me motivated!!

1. When the scale isn't budging, I don't freak out -- but I know that if it is a long term problem and I am following my program, something is wrong! (thyroid last year). So I think I am more in touch with my health.

2. I can hike longer distances, and I am faster! I can go up hills -- not quickly, but I CAN GO UP!

3. My arthritis is stabilized, and I am keeping mobility

4. My skin looks better!

5. My shape isn't great -- but it is improved! (someone took a rear view photo of me going up a hill -- and I didn't hate how my butt looked! WOO HOO that's a first!)

6. My overall cholesterol is high -- but it is because my GOOD cholesterol is extremely high. My doctor is impressed!

7. I am meeting new friends through fitness activities (mostly hiking). I am single and retired, and it is really important to keep socially active. Otherwise it is entirely too easy to stay home and veg out in front of the television, or bake cookies, or play solitaire!

What keeps you motivated if the scale isn't budging? What improvements have you noticed in your overall health or appearance?
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  • HIKEAT70
    Great accomplishments!
    1381 days ago
    A lovely blog and a terrific way to look at your health and happiness! I SO agree staying social and especially social in a healthy way is the key! I noticed my little momma faltered when she started losing her close circle of church friends. We, humans, are social creatures...we need the stimulus of a social agenda.

    You are such a wonderful sparkling role model and I always LOVE your adventures and your the way...spark keeps losing your subscription...but I'm signing up again to cheer you on throughout the new year.

    I had a full panel of bloodwork done and know my thyroid is a big problem also. I also want to try bio-identical hormones...all totally natural since I'm very against medications. What happened with your thyroid did you see improvements in your energy levels..I'd love to hear from you about that!

    Hugs and HAPPY NEW YEAR my friend! emoticon
    1384 days ago
    I had a similar hiking butt experience about a month ago. Felt good to not be disgusted by what the camera showed!
    1384 days ago
    You are an inspiration to me. I have a really hard time motivating myself to get off my butt. I'm going to think of you whenever I contemplate not exercising.

    1385 days ago
    What a thoughtful blog. I enjoyed reading it. I try not to freak out if the scale does not move because I usually know what's wrong.
    1385 days ago
    Hi Alison.........

    I emoticon this blog. Your sense of humor is always right there and ready to pop out. You make me smile and laugh.

    If the numbers on the scale aren't going down the way I want them to, I look for other signs like how my clothing fits, how loose my rings are, does my hair and skin look healthy, etc. I also take measurements and compare them to the beginning of the month.

    This all helps, but I like seeing the scale go down too. emoticon
    1385 days ago
  • K55814
    1385 days ago
    What an uplifting blog ..... I only weigh once a week and as you said ........"Don't freak out if
    you don't like or understand the results.........Keep going anyway with good choices and
    building on a solid fitness-health regime! ....Good blog!! emoticon
    1386 days ago
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