Longevity Woman?

On this day in history back in 1974 – a show called “Wonder Woman” debuted on television and I was about 5 years old. It was very popular. Even then, at that young age – I remember thinking that Wonder Woman was SO beautiful and I wanted to look just like her. I wanted to be WONDER WOMAN…and not just for Halloween. I remember my mother being shocked by her outfit. I guess in this day and age fewer mothers would be shocked. Ahhhh, the media hype sending such messages to young girls, even back then – to be perfect, to be beautiful, to show off your cleavage. I SO very much wanted to be her when I grew up.

 

Now some may argue that as a grown-up mother of four who runs a household of 7, works for myself and keeps up with way too much laundry … that I may indeed have achieved my Wonder Woman status … but alas, I do not look anything remotely like her, and I shall not be wearing any such costume, not even to the beach (maybe Halloween, yet I somehow doubt that).

 

 

Others may argue that I pose my Wonder Woman pose so much in photos that I am indeed secretly still longing to be her.  No, not really.  I just never know what to do with my arms. Truth be told, I still am slightly uncomfortable having my picture taken a lot; but I do it anyway.  Largely because people ask me to keep posting selfies and photos showing that I am maintaining the weight loss.  Also, so my kids will have tons of pics of their mom being active and doing stuff … not couch surfing.  Sometimes I think I’ll stop posting pictures so much on social media, for fear of appearing vain or attention seeking.  Then, without fail, some random person I never even knew was paying attention, will message me with an uplifting message and encourage me to carry on.  So I do.  Now if some people find me vain or attention seeking, that’s fine.  They can ‘un-follow’.  No biggie.  And you know what, that’s okay. I like me, as is. I am a work in progress of course – constantly learning and striving to be healthier.  If I manage to motivate someone, somewhere, to make better habits, get their kids active, enjoy nature, whatever … it’s worth a few nay-sayers or haters. Truly.

 

 

I wonder how many pictures I can find of me in my ‘Wonder Woman’ pose.  Just for kicks, or for your amusement, I’ll post a few here.  You have my permission to laugh at me or make fun of me.  Truly, my skin is thick.  These pics are in random order and some are current and some were during my weight loss journey.

 

 

I no longer have a desire to be wonder woman, I’m thinking I want to be longevity woman! Despite how I often pose in pics.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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How Do You Like To Do It?

So I ran across this interesting post from a blog I love to follow (The Art of Manliness). No, I’m not a man, but his stuff is great, on point and universally applicable in most cases. He also has a lot of guest contributors.  I would love your opinions … weigh in … do you prefer group exercise or going it alone?  Hmmmm, or maybe just one on one with a buddy ? Do you believe in an accountability partner?  Do tell.

 

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This is a slideshow of various fitness pictures … me, my family, friends …

throughout the past couple of years, maybe 3 years or so.  I’ve lost track.  

It just shows a wide variety of activities I have done, alone and/or with people.

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yogaoutfitAs for me, my personal favorite is exercising (or just fun fitness) with my family.  My family fitness regime definitely includes my kids.  Just check out the slideshow above to see some examples.  That is not always possible, of course.  I love group exercise classes too.  I especially Body Pump and sometimes Yoga.  I would love to have a buddy or accountability partner, but I fear I do not really have one of those at the present moment.  Presently accepting applications for such, tee hee.
I will say; however, I do not mind exercising alone, at all.  Sometimes it can even be quite therapeutic.  I know a lady, in one of my fitness groups (and she’s a friend) – who does what she calls ‘angry running’.  She is going through a divorce, and when she gets irritated or frustrated, she uses that to push her and power her on the pavement or the dreadmill.  She calls the treadmill Satan’s Sidewalk which I find hilarious.
Basically, I like variety.  I do not think I would do well if I only exercised alone, at home.  I need interaction. I need people.  Not everyone is wired that way though, and that is okay. The main thing is to figure out what works for YOU, and then … ya know … DO IT.  So let me hear from you.  I love to hear your thoughts.
As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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Do You Get Heartburn?

This is information that I am sharing from a friend.  Her husband, John, is fighting Esophageal Cancer (EC).  If you are the praying kind, please pray for John and his family.

Did you know that heartburn can cause cancer?  Most people are not aware of this and assume that Esophageal Cancer is caused by smoking. In some cases, it is, but that is generally squamous cell EC. Adenocarcinoma is usually caused by heartburn. Incidence of EC has increased 600% in the past 20 years. It is one of the fastest growing cancers mostly due to our diets and obesity.

Esophageal Cancer  is considered a silent killer because by the time symptoms appear (difficulty swallowing, food getting stuck) it is too late. The five year survival rate for stage 3 or 4 with only lymph nodes involved is 21%. The five year rate for stage 4 with distant mets is 4%. However, if it is caught early, the survival rate jumps to 40% with most stage 1 and 2 patients living longer.

That being said, anyone with regular heartburn should get an endoscopy. It’s a minimally invasive procedure and could save your life. John has had heartburn since he was a child. He had scar tissue removed when he was 12. He’s been on antacids his entire life and still got EC. SO,  just because you think you’re controlling it doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Annual monitoring via endoscopy is the only way to catch it early enough. John has a tumor in his esophagus that has paralyzed his vocal cords and blocked his ability to eat, but it doesn’t show on a CT because it’s still within the esophagus.

April is EC awareness month.  As we get closer to April, if anyone local to me wants posters or pamphlets for their office or anywhere else, I can give you the link to get them for free. Feel free to email me anytime HERE.    Please help us spread awareness.  Feel free to visit and share this link: https://salgi.org/.

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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

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Core Values

What are your core values? Do you even know? Pick FIVE things that are super duper important to you. It doesn’t matter what they are – there is no right or wrong answer. Some people list things like God, Family, Financial Security, Education, Civil Rights, The Environment, Animal Welfare, Holistic Living, Status, Politics, Power … those are just examples … it can be anything that is intrinsically important to your every day life here on Earth. Be brutally honest about this. If you do not know what your top 5 core values are, pick at least 3 … but five is the goal.  Think about it, pray about it if you’re inclined to do so, but don’t take too long.  Usually the first things that pops into the brilliant head of yours are pretty close to the answers you seek.

NOW … once you figure out what these ever elusive core values actually are … align your daily activities with them. Align your finances with them.  Align your attention and your effort to line up with those established core values. If you are not spending your time, energy and money on the things that are important to you at your core, then you are spinning your wheels and wasting your time. I’m not asking that you necessarily share these with me, unless you just want to for accountability.  However, I do highly encourage you to share them with SOMEONE, especially your spouse or life partner, if you have one. Heck, maybe they need to do this too.

Being in balance is an awesome thing, beautiful in fact.  Yet knowledge is key.  You cannot balance your to-do list and core values if you have no clue what they even are in the first place.

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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

 

 

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Everyday Tonic: Apple Cider Vinegar

Great blog …

New Fit Caveman

“It burns so good. That’s how I know it’s working” Nick B

Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a super substance, a true health tonic made from apples and yeast to produce a fermented concoction that does a variety of wonders for our health. In addition to its beneficial enzyme and probiotic content,  the process yields acetic acid, a healthy acid that has an alkaline effect.

Back pocket fact: Vinegar means “sour wine” in French. Pretty neat huh? Moving on…

So what is so great about this stuff? Here’s a list:

  1. Weight loss

    Apple cider vinegar speeds up the metabolism, reduces water retention, and my favorite, kills junk food cravings. An ounce of apple cider vinegar swigged from the bottle or mixed in a glass of water first thing in the morning does wonders for keeping the appetite in check.

  2. Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar

    This vinegar has a proven antihypertensive effect…

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