How I’m Taking Care of Myself in the Year of 40

I kicked off 2010 by giving myself the gift of a year in which I will take good care of myself every day.

Some of you may be wondering how I’m doing this — what, specifically am I doing that’s different. For the first few weeks I am having to make some room to allow myself to focus on my year. That means I’m scaling back from some activities that take time away from taking care of myself. If I am using the excuse that I don’t have time to exercise, then I need to get rid of something I’m doing that’s less important than exercising, for example.

I cook most of our meals at home and bake most of the treats we have in the house so they’re not filled with unpronouncable ingredients and too much sugar. One of my challenges is eating right when I travel and this year promises lots of travel. If anyone has tips on how to make better choices while eating out, that would be welcome. My Twitter friend Kellie reminded me today of the healthy benefits of shopping for groceries online to avoid impulse purchases and overbuying — I will return to that practice and enjoy the time I get back from not having to spend it in the store.

I have been doing a daily yoga session. I plan to continue.

I’m still figuring parts of this year out, but I figure I have enough vacation time to make sure I take a whole day or half day off every month that doesn’t have one long weekend in it. With that time I can make and keep appointments — I started today by making an appointment for an eye exam that I probably should have had about three months ago. Sorry eyedoctormike — I have been letting that one slide, too.

Not all my appointments will be the painful or not-so-fun variety. I also plan to have a pampering session once a month, as much for mental health as physical. Massages, mani-pedis, facials . . . what else can I do?

And every day I will remind myself that I’m saving my life, that I’m taking care of myself today, as I really think about exercise, eating right, taking those vitamins and resting when I need to rest.

Today’s only the fourth day of this year and I’ll admit, I’m feeling a little anxious . . . the seeds of self doubt have tiny little sprouts . . . but I’m very encouraged by how many of you said you’d like to take a year, too and those of you who are DOING it. If you can do it, I can do it. Right?

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4 Responses to How I’m Taking Care of Myself in the Year of 40

  1. You can do it, MJ! Your plan sounds great — especially the pampering part. šŸ™‚

    If you are looking for a super efficient way to exercise that provides very fast benefits, I highly recommend Pilates. I’ve been doing it 2x a week for 2 years now. Within the first month (I swear) I lost an inch off my waistline. I also went from going to the chiropractor at least once a week to hardly ever now, too. (Added bonus: you can go to Pilates in the middle of the day and it doesn’t mess up your hair or make-up.) I go to Tru Pilates. http://www.TruPilates. (P.S. I don’t get a toaster or anything if you go there …;-)

  2. Greg Edwards says:

    Travel is hell on the food intake and diet. However, if possible, go to a grocery store and purchase a few healthy items for breakfast. It will keep you away from the high-calorie breakfast buffet. Also, if you like coffee, purchase a few Starbucks Via instant coffee packages. Heat some water in your hotel room, and enjoy a delightful cup of coffee without having to leave the comforts of the room. MUCH better than any in-room coffee and, again, it helps keep you away from the sweets when you go to Starbucks for a cup of coffee. Lunch and dinner are usually tougher for me, as I tend to eat with colleagues. That is why I bring clothing for the gym and use it at the hotel (or swim in the pool). It helps physically and mentally and when I don’t use the exercise room, I feel it the next day.

  3. Marijean says:

    Greg, these are great ideas. I picked up some Starbucks Via last night to give that a whirl. I will let you know whether I’m fitting visits to the gym into my travels — at the very least, I can do some walking in San Franciso, for sure. Thank you so much!

  4. Great post. The Pilates Fitness system is very underrated. I began I feel much more motivated and nowhere near as tired. I really believe Pilates is worth the time.

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