And while there is a happy medium somewhere in between all of those states, I have come to realize that I’ll never be exactly where I want to be.
No matter how healthy I am there is always room for improvement in some way. For example, when I was “vibrant, plump, and thriving” I wanted to lose the extra ten pounds that pushed me over into plump-ville. When I was horribly sick with rheumatoid arthritis, I wanted nothing more than to go back to plump-ville and feel alive again.
Now, I’m at a place where my body is healthy and I am enjoying the process of becoming stronger. I am not plump. I am not rail-thin. I am sculpted and scarred. I like it. I hope to never go back to sickness, but there is no guarantee in this life. I’m also crossing my fingers and knocking on wood that there will be no more pregnancy in my future. But again, there is no guarantee.
So here I am, at age 30, figuring out what is necessary to feel good about myself and enjoy being healthy. I’ve come up with a short list of essentials that can travel with me in a future that is uncertain and full of various “states” of being.
My Essential Health List
1.) I need good sleep every night. This is probably a no-brainer for most people, but I have three small children and a history of insomnia. If I want quality shut-eye I have to start early in the evening by preparing my mind and body for bed. Tea, melatonin, and a devotional are my go-to’s for readying myself for sleep.
2.) I need more water and less everything else. I am a Diet Coke junkie, and a coffee addict. I’m not going to do the math, but I can easily drink WAY more of the caffeinated stuff than water. Again, if I want to accomplish my daily water goal, I have to start early in the day and be intentional about it all day long.
3.) I need to work out at least four days a week. I’m one of those people who has a lot of muscle mass. I inherited it from my dad. I probably would appreciate this genealogical trait a little more if I was a guy. I look and feel my best when I give these muscles what they need: exercise.
4.) I need to take care of my skin. I have come to terms with the fact that tanning is not for me. Even though I live in sunny SoCal, I have to deal with this alabaster white and protect it while I can. This means sunblock, large hats, and giant sunglasses.
5.) I need to be creative. Now this last one falls into a different category than the previous four, but it is just as important. I’m a creative person who thrives on projects and activity. If I am not actively working on something I get “the sads.” As in, I fight off depression. Therefore, Pinterest is part of my wellness plan.
That’s my short list of self-care. I could go on into other categories but I wanted to keep it short.
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I try to take time out during the day to go for a walk – helps with stress and gets me some exercise!
I take vitamins and exercise
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I stay balanced with daily prayer
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I DO WHAT I ENJOY MOST- BEING WITH MY FAMILY, AND EATING RIGHT!
Besides getting fresh air and taking vitamins, I try to listen to my body and give it what it needs.
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I try to maintaine a balance between responsible healthy behavior and the occasional indulgence or lazy day
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I take control and care of my body by having yearly checkups drinking a lot of water, eating a healthy diet and walking a lot.
I love to run outside every morning.
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I avoid toxic chemicals in my cleaners, both personal and household, in order to take care of myself, my pets, my partner, and the planet.
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I make time for me. I get regular massages, drink lots of water and read!
I reduced my intake of soft drinks, juices, and sports drinks that are full of sugar, and opt for water, milk and healthier options instead
I love to keep active by working out. It gives me energy and makes me feel better.
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I take control and care for my body by eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise.
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I try to eat lots of vegetables.
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I eat healthier foods like fruits and veggies and less processed foods
I have taken control by not allowing us to eat out as much and eating more at home!
We try to eat healthy and exercise.
I really try and exercise 3 days per week and at least 1 of those days I make my whole family do some fun exercises together. They think they are just having fun, dont tell them that Im really keeping them healthy!!
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Lots of fruit and veggies
I take control of my health and body by maintaining a regular exercise routine.
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I love a long soak in lavender epsom salts.
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I keep up with dr appts and getting myself checked out!
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I take vitamins.
I take control and care of my body by remembering to take vitamins.
I started eating yogurt for breakfast, a meal I usually skip to start my day off right!
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I drink plenty of water and walk often
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I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/623920319611453440
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We try to reserve wknds for family time, and work only on week days. Not bringing work home, helps us stay balanced
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I started eating a low carb diet in January and have shrunk 5 pants sizes so far!
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I exercise and eat healthy.
I take control by taking daily vitamins, exercising and drinking lots of water!
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I take care by not smoking, not drinking alcohol and watching my sugar level.
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I eat my veggies, drink my water, exercise, and do most of the things I know to keep happy. Life doesn’t give you much time to do all of these things, but I do what I can.
I have been caring for my body by trying to drink more water – I have realized that it makes a noticeable difference for me.
I make time to exercise.
For me, the main thing I need to do to look over my body and health is sleep. I have issues with sleeping and now have just started getting it under control. I have a very strict sleep schedule that I must maintain otherwise everything else in my life gets affected especially my mood and anxiety.
I take control and care of my body by eating well, exercising and getting plenty of rest.
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I take control by taking care to eat well and get plenty of sleep.
I try to get a little fresh air and sunshine every day. Whether it’s sitting in the swing with my baby or walking to the playground with my three year old. I try to get outside and move my body at the same time.
I watch my diet, drink plenty of water and try to walk daily.
I eat a veggie diet and stay hydrated during these hot summer months.
I just turned 30, and I’m suddenly finding wrinkles and achy joints. So I’m trying to take better care with good face cream and keeping my feet up at night.
I take care of myself by walking two miles a day and drinking lots of water.
I take control of my body by eating healthy and exercising
I find time to try to exercise regularly. It is time I need to decompress and stay healthy.
I am taking vitamins daily and get annual check ups
I take time each day to be thankful and rest !!
I had to get over myself and learn to ask my doctor the tough questions.
I take control of my body by trying to eat healthy and exercise
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I take control and care of my body by taking vitamins and eating healthy.
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I take control by watching what I eat, ensuring I have some time for myself and exercising.
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I stay balanced with daily prayer/meditation
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I take control and care for my body by exercising everyday
I like to bicycle every day.
I do my checkups once a year,
I take control by maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise.
I exercise every day and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. I also try to get enough sleep.
I take control and care of my body by making sure I eat well and take multi-vitamins to support that.
trying to curb my midnight snacking
I take control of my health by walking every evening and making sure I take vitamins every day.
Keeping active by walking or exercising is always helpful.
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I eat healthy most of the time and drink a lot of water.
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Homemade meals and staying active.
I took control of my body by stop drinking soda and replacing it with water.
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I take control with lots of working out, and only drinking water. It’s the best thing for you!
By taking shower every day and exercising.
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I like taking care of my body by getting up and moving at least 30 mins a day