I have always touted that balance in all things is the key to a happy and healthy life. However, knowing that balance is key is only half of the equation. Acting on that knowledge is critical.
This past fall I discovered I had a health issue that scared me into action. I was overweight, not active enough, ate all the wrong foods, didn’t relax enough, worked too hard, and stressed too much. Over time these habits had begun to create a devastating disease in my body. I didn’t know what to do, and my doctor was little to no help.
Being the writer that I am I turned to Amazon. I discovered a book written by a doctor who specializes in helping his patients find good health again, and in turn, their disease progress was either stopped or reversed. I devoured that book.
That book taught me what I should be eating, how to balance proteins with healthy carbs and when I should and should not be eating. It also emphasized the importance of exercise.
I was scared enough, I dove into doing what this doctor said. My husband joined with me and together we embarked on a journey to good health. The key being balance. Like I mentioned before I like to think I have balance in my life, but that simply wasn’t true when it came to diet and exercise. I am an emotional eater.
I’ve noticed that as long as I get plenty of exercise I do pretty well, but if I slack off, I don’t feel as good. As important as exercise is, relaxation is as important. I received a fitbit for Christmas last year. It’s been fun to track my activity, but one evening after reading for about an hour my fitbit informed me that I’d taken a nap lol. Nope, I had simply been so relaxed from reading the I tricked my fitbit into thinking I was sleeping. But that taught me something–reading is relaxing and good for you! Do I hear a cheer? :)
My journey to good health is a lifelong one that I can never stop, or I risk falling back into the same old habits. Guess what else. Good habits are contagious! Between my husband my youngest son and myself we’ve lost over 120 pounds. Our son came home to visit this past summer and said he’d eat what we ate so not to worry about making him anything special. He was home less than a week and lost seven pounds. He was so inspired that when he returned to his college campus he kept eating healthy and started exercising regularly. :) Oh, and he asked to take my newest book back with him to read. He’s never read one of my books. I think reading and good health go hand in hand, so long as we have balance.
I hope I didn’t bore you with my year long journey. It really is reading related. :)
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