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Get Positive and Productive

Wow, we’re three weeks into the new year. Time flies. I told myself at the end of last year that this year I would not waste time obsessing on things which get me down, things which I can do nothing about, and things which are unproductive. So I’ve been trying in the last few weeks to channel my energy only towards things which are positive and productive.

As someone who was diagnosed with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer, keeping fit and trim may make all the difference in keeping cancer at bay. Besides the ovaries, estrogen is produced in other places, such as the fat cells, so losing weight has been a priority for me. So far, taking a realistic and steady approach, I’ve been losing a kilogram per month. Just three more kilograms to lose, and I’ll be back to what I weighed on my wedding day, pretty much my ideal weight. By following a daily program of walks and salads for either lunch or dinner, I actually lost weight during the December festive season, in spite of enjoying festive treats. My pants have become so baggy that I’ve started to give them away and I’ve had to buy new pants. What a great feeling!

The other positive and productive thing I try to do is take advantage of every beautiful day that comes along. The weather has been so cool and breezy lately that I venture outdoors as often as I can. Glorious nature and fresh air nourishes both my body and spirit every time. Some new cafes and restaurants have just opened up by the river just 20 minutes walk from my end of the river, and they’re perfect for chilling out at, while watching the sun set over the water. Absolutely delectable.

Then I try to spend more time with people who matter to me. Like my mom, for instance. She has dementia and she quickly forgets every visit I pay to her. But she’s happy when I’m there, so I’m glad about that. I try to have more conversations with my sister who lives overseas, so that she’ll know how much I love her and appreciate her. I try to cultivate a good relationship with my in-laws too, such as by remembering them in little ways. I tell my dear husband every day that I love him, and we spend lots of quality time together. We make time for fun, because joy is such a tonic.  Building bridges makes life richer and makes you stronger. When the dark days come, these relationships will sustain you.

It’s a brand new year. A clean slate, filled with opportunity. Forget the past, it’s time to look forward and make the most of every day. I know there’s lots more I can do to make my life better, healthier and happier. What about you?

Less Is More

I weighed myself today and discovered that I’m the lightest I’ve ever been for almost 20 years. All I have to do is shake off 4kg more and I’ll be back to what I weighed when I got married, when I looked pretty darned good. Yay!

Besides eating healthily, regular exercise is an absolute must if you want to lose weight and keep it off. Twice each day, I walk my dog Ginger for a minimum of 25 minutes each time. I like to walk briskly, which helps to burn calories as well as keep muscles, joints and other parts of the body well-oiled. At least every other day, I try to fit in another walk in-between of at least 25 minutes duration. Fortunately, there are several shopping malls just 10 to 20 minutes walking distance away from where I live, and there’s also a scenic river just across the road. Finding incentives to go for a walk is easy.

Don’t get the wrong idea, I don’t have iron-clad willpower. I still snack daily, and my nibbles include naughty things like chocolate, ice-cream and cookies besides healthier stuff like dried fruit, nuts and seeds. Hey, you’ve got to have quality of life! Of course, I’m particular about the quality of my snacks and go for top-quality ingredients with nothing artificial added, as far as possible. You can still lose weight without depriving yourself. Just be discerning about what you eat and exercise, exercise, exercise.

Being overweight causes all kinds of health problems, such as high cholesterol, high-blood pressure, cardiovascular ailments, diabetes and joint problems. It can also be a factor in cancer. Maintaining a good healthy weight is plain common sense, if you’d like to live long and well.

My next target is to lose another kilogram by Christmas, which is less than a month away. Wish me well!

Live Simply

What a relief! My computer’s working again! When it crashed and I was told that I had probably lost everything on my hard disk, I was devastated. It took a while but thank God it’s back in action again and I haven’t lost much data. This is a reminder to all of us to back up our computers regularly!

My life has become so dependant on my computer, the internet and other technological aspects of modern living that I often long for a much simpler life. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to care about checking emails, or writing reports and articles, or even responding to the cellphone for that matter? We’d probably also be much healthier without constant exposure to radiation and other hazards from computers, mobile phones, microwave ovens, television and various urban devices.  My eyesight would probably improve if I spend less time staring at a computer or TV screen and more time gazing at some distant view.

I’ve been trying to simplify my life and get back to basics. Instead of spending hours glued to the computer or the TV – like many modern humans – I try to get out more for long walks and fresh air. Rather than rely on convenience foods or eating out, I take my time to prepare fresh food from scratch. For the past three months, for instance, lunch has been a large, fresh, green salad with home-made dressing. The result? I’ve lost some weight and I’m hardly ever sick these days. I used to get coughs and colds frequently.

When life was simpler and before personal computers became commonplace, people used to actually write letters and send real Christmas cards. When was the last time you wrote or received a hand-written letter or card? Emails and e-cards may be convenient, but don’t you think they’re rather soul-less?

Getting back to basics is good for the body, mind and spirit. Billy, my cat, is sitting behind my computer monitor, swiping at my hands as I type on the keyboard. He wants me to know that he’s lonely and he wants me to play with him. Time for me to turn off this computer, spend some quality time with Billy and  then take my dog Ginger out for a nice, long walk.