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I lost 30 pounds in 2019. I want to lose an additional 30 pounds minimum

1. Continue to eat better
2. Establish consistent exercise routine
3. Establish a routine personal care plan to include:
monthly haircut, deep conditioner, eyebrow wax,
mani and pedi, plus using all my Christmas stuff
facial care, foot soak
4. Start quilting
5. Practice my instruments
6. Book clubs and TBR
7. Organize and eliminate all the paper
8. Organize and declutter books

This is a lot, but how happy I would be to accomplish it all !!
 

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I desperately need to let go of 10 pounds, and I would very much like to get rid of 20. I cancelled My FitnessPal subscription to save us $50 a year, but I can use the free parts of it and still get the same benefit, so I will. I run a weight loss competition at school, and it's starting next week. I would love to win the competition to win the money, but also because I know that it's time.
 
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Since dh had a heart attack the day after Christmas, we are forced to change our lifestyle. Dh wants to lose 100 pounds and I want to lose 30. We will be eating healthy, low sodium/sugar foods. Portion control. Did I say Portion Control? Healthy snacking. Exercise as soon as dh is cleared. He'll start rehab in a few weeks. When he's ready we'll get a gym membership. There is a new planet fitness 3 miles away. Getting to bed early and waking up early to eat a good breakfast before dh goes to work. Get things done around the house instead of watching TV. Stay on top of the household chores. Keep the paper clutter to a minimum. I have so much shredding to do. We want to be more educated in a healthy lifestyle and set a better example for our children and grand children.
 

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Giving up an hour of TV and instead walking around the house to tidy and do miscellaneous chores is a good plan. Water the plants, dust the things that never get dusted, wash a window, etc. It will pay off in the long run.
 

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I've been trying to ride my stationary bike every night. I usually do it 3-4x/week but hope to get to 7x/wk. I must eat better and include more protein/veg/fruits. I think canned fruits is a start for me as they're softer and my GI system doesn't do well with raw/tough things. I've thought about adding baby food to my baking as the holistic lady said to make sure pureed or very soft items are in my diet.
 

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My recumbent-elliptical combo is supposed to be delivered tomorrow. Hopefully DH will have it set up when I get home from work tomorrow.
 
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I have been very sloppy with my eating habits so plan on cleaning that up this year. I am going back to the 80/20 rule, eat good 80% of the time and eat what I want 20% of the time. I also have decided to give up sweets for the next month, very hard for me. So no sweets until after Feb. 5. I want to get back to eating veggies at every meal again too.
 

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I agree regarding mental health. It is an adjustment from thinking about work all the time to thinking about - something else. Figuring out what I want to focus on getting really GOOD at and not just squander all this new free time. Haven't got a plan yet.
 

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I did so well yesterday, and today, I blew it. Tomorrow is another day!
 

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I agree regarding mental health. It is an adjustment from thinking about work all the time to thinking about - something else. Figuring out what I want to focus on getting really GOOD at and not just squander all this new free time. Haven't got a plan yet.
Any time spent relaxing is not wasted.

As a general sense, anything we do should have a purpose. But "It makes me feel good" or "It makes me happy" or "It helps me relax" can all count as a purpose. So in that context things like doodling and looking at pictures of cute animals online have a purpose.

There is also the idea of rest and recovery. I think this overlaps quite a bit with relaxing, but it is not quite the same thing as relaxing. It is generally acknowledged that we need rest and recovery time and illness, surgery or some physical issue. But we sometimes forget or do not admit that we also need mental rest and recovery for things that are stressful as well.

I feel like mental health is not given as much important as physical health. Activities we do for our physical health are generally perceived positively. For example, even people who do not exercise think that exercising regularly is a good thing. But things that make us feel better mentally or emotionally are often looked down on by people as a waste of time. And sometimes people will look down on you further if your idea of what relaxes you is different than theirs. People might say it is silly, stupid, childish, an old lady/old guy hobby, geeky, weird, etc. Or not appropriate for a woman. Or too stereotypically feminine. Men can get grief for having a hobby that is seen as womanly and also for being too stereotypically masculine.

So one important step for me is too do relaxing things - or let yourself do nothing much - without feeling guilty. And to be unapologetic for what helps me relax and feel better. I am not hurting anyone or breaking any laws. I will do my best to ignore any people with negative opinions of my hobbies and interests.
 

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By "squander free time" I guess I mainly mean watching TV and surfing the internet. Sorry that seems to belittle people who do but I just don't see the point and there are studies of the effects of TV hours on brain activity/development. My husband spends HOURS daily on this. It seems very sad to me. (Most recently he watched Alien and the 2nd Alien movie again for the nth time?) My most passive activity is reading or listening to books. There are studies that suggest your brain operates differently when reading than when watching TV. Regarding the internet - I love it for for getting instructions/directions of how to do something I want to do. Example of the youtube for installing a separating zipper in a fleece jacket - a huge help. But I don't spend time looking at facebook posts of people I talk to at most once a year or used to work with years ago.

Some people may think the hours I spend walking the dog are wasted but I feel they are not. I enjoy seeing what is happening outside and in the neighborhood and enjoy seeing the dog so engaged with sniffing and running or just sitting and watching what is going on around us. Activities like putting a puzzle together engage the brain in problem solving as well as all our craft projects do. If I work on cross-stitch for an hour I just figure I am an hour closer to finishing that project. I also enjoy yard "work". Pulling weeds is a zen-like experience. Maybe it is the simple decision making involved - of weed/not-weed? (with the occasional "oops - that was not a weed".)
 

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I try to maintain a balance. It is good to let your body rest, let your heart rate come down, let the muscles relax, get a good sleep, etc. Especially if you are older, or sick, or stressed. It's also good to have engaging, productive hobbies, like sewing, cooking, gardening, sports or music that keep your body and brain active. And I think it is good to have a little entertainment, like tv, movies, board games, or computer games which let you play, fantasize, compete, and interact with others in a relaxed setting.

It's also important to realize that what works for you may not work for others. I need 10 hours sleep to feel rested. A lot of people would call that "lazy". DH works in a stressful environment where he makes decisions that affect other people. He likes to come home and play mindless computer games to relax. He can stop after a couple of hours and go do other things. I've known people who were unable to do that, to stop and cook dinner, take care of their kids, or get to work the next day.
 

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I did not eat well today. I will do better tomorrow. :)
 

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I think everyone is different when it comes to free time and depends on the season too. Lots of shows give us pleasure or education. or bonding. same w crafts or hobbies, types of exercise. I think it depends if there is no balance in your life or no things that give you pleasure. plus for lots of people who can't get out or lonely have tv and internet. though not in that catagory yet .. have made lots friends online. like old time pen pals. I like seeing what people are doing on fb just because lots of times we don't see each other or live in diff places and talking on messenger.

I agree mental health is important. Finally I hope the stress and strain from the last few years is gone.. thought it was but then reared up on new years eve. because I am depleted and need to recharge my emotional health it was nonstop before. yes exercise, eating right helps too. but at the moment get it from work enough, can't be bothered to make myself eat or cook for myself much others or buying food ok. but pushed though to get new job, learn new things for other job. still volunteer etc.
 

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I feel like it is all a balance. I watch some tv, but I do lots of other things as well.

And even passive things are not always mindless.

I tend to think a bit about shows I am watching and books I am reading. I often discuss them with my husband as well. And shows with long running plots as well as books series require some memory as well. Who are all these characters again? What are their relationships to each other? What unresolved plot lines are there?

Some of my app games I have played are truly mindless, but I find even the easy board games I play need some thinking for strategy.

Although crafting is thought of as active, rather than passive, it often requires less thinking. This applies to things that are very repetitive in nature. They can often have a meditative effect that is very calming.

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I enjoy learning new things. However, sometimes I really do not feel up to it. It can be a bit frustrating. I wonder if I would feel better in the long run if I tried to learn new things even when I did not feel up to it. This would be similar in process to how pushing yourself to exercise when you do not feel up to it can help you feel better in the long run. Although this can sometimes backfire and leave you with even less energy.

There are also two different types of learning. The first is learning a new skill. This generally means that there are a lot of early attempts that are failures or not good quality. This can be stressful. The other type is simply taking in information and understanding the information. There can be failures in the sense of not remembering or not understanding. But generally speaking I find this to be not as stressful, unless there is a big test on it.

When I read an article in National Geographic or Scientific America, I feel as though I have learned something. Even though I may not remember anything about it in a month. So I have not really learned anything. But at least I felt smart for a little bit. :vs_smirk:

I think I might play around a little with the second type of learning. I have also studied about how to study. So those are skills to practice as well. Note taking, mind mapping, sketch noting, spaced repetition, self-testing, etc.
 

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I call the second type of learning you talk about "assimilation". And I think by practicing it you can become better/more adept at it. When I become fascinated by a topic (dogs, gardening, sewing) I start reading randomly about the topic, and the more knowledge you accumulate (even if it seems random) eventually starts to inter-connect. You know you really understand something if you can explain it to someone else coherently. All those bits and pieces now make sense as they relate to each other. For one weird example, about a month ago I was watching horse-training videos. Not because I have a horse, but because I am interested in dogs. But I could readily see that the methods being applied to the horse training also can be applied to dogs with problems. One video addressed horses who "spook" easily and something the trainer called "the bravery game" that she went through with the horse and owner. Easily adaptable to dogs but I have not seen a video for dog training that explained it as clearly as the horse video. Hubby is going "why are you watching horse training videos?" ...... because I know how to assimilate: take in and inter-relate.

Exercise program starts TODAY. Goals are strength and flexibility, I had a variety of exercises I used to do already. Aerobic exercise is all the dog walking, need to speed it up a bit and lengthen the distance.
 

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Right now I am in the process of finishing up getting lots of dental work. It had really taken a huge chunk of emotional energy. I have a bunch of temporary crowns in my mouth currently. I am not able to eat properly.

So I am kind of on get through this mode rather than self improvement currently.

I have started a little bit looking into the area of prehistory. Geological eras, prehistoric animals, things like that.

I have also been looking into the idea of exercising for better mental health. There is some research saying it can be pretty effective. It does not work for everyone, but then again neither do the mental health meds. And exercise does not have bad side effects.

So I am trying to exercise more even though I have been kind of low energy lately.
 

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Kathy, I would call dental work "self improvement". You are taking care of your oral health, you will look and feel better afterward. I know it is a trial to have several fillings/crowns at the same time, but it is worth it.

Exercise does not have to be high energy. That is why I like yoga. It is a slow and thoughtful process. You don't have to do 100 sit ups to blaring music, but you will definitely feel your muscles afterward. And there's no weighing, measuring, or tracking to make you feel judged or inadequate.
 
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