I always make New Year’s Resolutions and was looking for something to inspire me for 2015. I know, they are usually unrealistic, but I try to make my resolutions “objectives”, meaning that they are measurable. I came across an old interview with Dr. Oz on a local Hawaiian newscast and he had 4 tips for staying healthy that seem like a pretty solid starting point for my 2015 list:
- Get some physical activity daily – and even better if it’s vigorous. He doesn’t mean you have to exercise 7 days a week, but make sure that you are doing something to develop your strength. As we age, we are more prone to falling and strength training (even just carrying a heavy grocery order) can help you avoid falls. I really have to worry about this – I’m a klutz – and can find a pothole to trip over even on the smoothest sidewalk. I’ve mentioned before that Oops is my middle name. Point taken Dr. Oz – I’m seeing my trainer 3 times this week to get the ball rolling on this one.
- Eat whole foods. This basically means food in their original forms. This means eat broccoli, not cream of broccoli soup. I love veggies, so it’s not an issue for me. I did eat a frozen dinner last week, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. In general, since March, I’ve been much more mindful of eating whole foods, and even try to be careful to buy foods that are GMO free where possible. I’m turning into one of those people that I used to mock, but you gotta do what you gotta do…I silently mock myself when I buy organic, GMO free peanut butter if it makes you feel better.
- Be thoughtful about the relationships that you have. We all need to do a better job with this. I know I try as hard as possible to be a good friend and family member, but I can’t be perfect – no one can. Lately I haven’t been perfect about keeping in touch – work gets in the way but that’s a whole other blog topic. On brighter note, I have bumped into a lot of people from the past and have been reconnecting with them – it’s been really nice.
- You have a purpose and vision in life – basically some life goals. I’m type A – DUH of course I have them, but I think one of the things that I have realized is that career-wise, I’ve really reached all of the goals that I’ve set for myself so perhaps it’s time to focus on something else. Health has been a bigger priority and this blog has been a tool to help me make attaining optimum health one of my “purposes” in life.
That’s it – just 4 easy little steps and I expect to see all of you at my 100th birthday party.
In other visions for myself, if you think that I’ve given up decluttering just because I haven’t been writing about it weekly, think again. Today, I decluttered my wallet, getting rid of 67 (that’s not a typo) receipts and 2 loyalty cards. I had one in there for a bagel shop – buy 12 bagels with cream cheese, get one free. I’ve had one bagel with cream cheese in general and from there in particular in 2 years. At that rate, it would take me 24 years to get the free bagel – not worth the space it was taking in my wallet. I’m going to be more discerning about which cards that I take…my wallet will thank me. I also sold 3 items on Kijiji totalling $100!!!! I got rid of 2 purses and one pair of sunglasses and best of all – they are no longer taking up space in my house. If you are making it a resolution (or objective) to declutter – consider selling some of your “in mint condition” household items and clothing – even just some knick knacks that are turning into dust collectors – your trash is someone else’s treasure. I’ll write some tips on how to use these services at a later date.
I have a lot to be grateful for this week. I got to celebrate my nephew’s birthday with my family yesterday which was very nice – I’d write a big mushy article about him, but he won’t read it anyway – he’s 19 and not interested in reading this : ) My sister outdid herself with the brunch – down to the caramel apples she made for everyone. So good – it’s almost a whole food – there was an apple in there buried under the caramel. I also got to go to an annual Christmas party that my dear friend Shoe’s (not her real name) parents put on. Her mother is Greek an one of the best cooks, aside from my mother, in Toronto, or quite possibly the world. It is always a really nice time and an opportunity to have some interesting conversations with people that I sometimes only get to see once a year. It’s so relaxed, not one of those parties where there is tension – just a fun night. Thank you Shoe for always being a great friend and for including me and my sister every year.