Apr 10

TEMPLE: My Health/Your Health


Last month, I announced my 2017 health goals and said I’d return this month to review and revise in an effort to encourage you in your own health goals.

Our 2017 health goals are something to work toward for the entire year though, which means, I (and you) still have almost 9 months left to work on them. That’s 266 days where I can be successful at least part of the time; hopefully most of the time. That encourages me.

Hopefully it encourages you in your goal review. So let’s see how I am doing so far.

Q1 Goal: Obtain Baseline Health Numbers (Done)

Q1 goal: Get a complete physical with blood work and screenings. Basically, numbers are all within “normal range,” although I would prefer lower cholesterol numbers. This year includes major dietary changes, so hopefully, next year’s test results will see improvement.

Q2 Challenge: My husband is currently having health issues, including new dietary requirements. I’m learning to eat fish and he’s learning to eat asparagus.

Q1 Goal: Increased Exercise (Mostly Done)

In January and February shoveling snow was my main exercise. Once the snow cleared, I returned to my regular exercise program of aerobic, strength and flexibility exercises. I met specific exercise targets for Q1 and set new ones for Q2.

Q1 Goal: Weight loss (Making Progress) 

My 2017 goal is to lose 19 pounds by June and stabilize for the remainder of 2017. I intended to have lost 10 pounds by the end of Q1. I have lost 8, which puts me behind schedule. My 2017 (and Q2) weight loss goal however is still achievable.

This month I am wearing pants and blouses one size smaller than last month, so regardless of what the scale says, my body is improving.

Q1 Goal: Eat More of God’s Food and Less of Man’s

I cleaned out cupboards of most processed food and have moved towards a higher percentage of God’s food and less of man’s processed food. Cooking is definitely more work but my family and I are worth it.

Q1 Goal: Eat More Slowly

I eat at the table more often instead of in front of the TV and work at completing a meal in 20 minutes instead of 10, listening to my body for satisfaction signals. Progress is made here, but there is room for improvement.

That’s me—doing well in some areas; need to work harder in others. Not surprisingly, life happens and can set us off track. I’m working to master staying on track amid life.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Have you made health goals for 2017? How are you doing? What do you need to do more of; less of; or differently?

♥ ♥ 

NOTE: After preparing this post, we learned that my husband will be undergoing surgery this morning with an unknown outcome pending. This is a reminder that not only do we need to care for our own health, but we have a responsibility to care for the health of other people in our lives. No doubt my Q2 health review will reflect this expanded focus.


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  1. Pam

    You are inspiring me. I have one more week until Easter and I will have completed my vow for Lent. This is the longest period of time I have gone without chocolate or sugary sweets and desserts. It is helping me re-think how much I eat, about portion size because I haven’t lost weight, which I want to do, but one of the benefits has been my improved sleeping. That has been a surprise. Praying for you and your husband, especially on my mind today.

    1. carolwritesbooks@gmail.com

      Thank you, Pam. We learn a little more about our bodies and how they work over time. We’re like a little science experiment. Glad you’ve found something that has improved your sleeping! Keep up the good work.

  2. Ruth

    This is encouraging Ms Carol. I need to improve my eating habits and get more in line in this area. Praying for you all for healing for Mr Jim. Hope he is doing well. Ruthie

    1. carolwritesbooks@gmail.com

      Thank you, Ruth. Keep praying. Keep working hard on building up those temple muscles!

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