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Thought for the Week:
Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.
Anthony J. D'Angelo
Heads Up: Life-Changing Program Begins Today
Join Fat2Fit members for Dr. Kelly Traver's 12-week life-changing series based on her book, The Program, beginning today. From March 5 through May 21, I’ll share weekly advice, exercises and activities to guide you in your effort to lose weight and adopt healthier habits. To join, simply participate in the topic forum and report your results on a weekly basis.
Each week I will highlight the content of one chapter, so you can participate without purchasing a copy of the book. But you may get more from the program if you read and study the entire chapter. If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can find new and inexpensive used copies on Amazon.com. The full title of the book is The Program: The Brain-Smart Approach to the Healthiest You.
Note: Please consider reviewing this program even if you participated in the last one. Repeating the weekly exercises will reinforce your commitment to healthier habits.
Habit2Adopt: Take a Nap
Naps aren’t just for children. Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Napoleon, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and George W. Bush took naps. Based on a study of 24,000 participants, regular nappers were 37 percent less likely to die from heart disease than occasional nappers or nonnappers. So go ahead and enjoy a 20- to 30-minute nap.
Good2Know Fitness Tip: Stop Eating When 80 Percent Full
Eat like an Okinawan, one of the healthiest people on the planet. Okinawans eat until they’re 80 percent full; the practice is referred to as hara hachi bu. The approach requires paying attention to one’s level of satiety—a good practice in itself.
Featured Member: Annie041063
Now in our third year, the Fat2Fit community has grown and members have deepened their support for one another. Sometimes the assistance comes in the form of encouragement, other times in the form of information. When Sbanner recently asked for help in dealing with chronic stress, Annie041063 responded with practical ideas:
“I don't know the area you live in, but one way to find support while stressed is to call 2-1-1, and this resource might know some. Or go online to local hospitals; they sometimes have support groups. Also, if you have a favorite hobby, see if there are any groups in the area that enjoy the same hobby. While sharing in the fun, people share about their struggles and get support. Last but not least, I rely on my church friends to help me out when I need support, and I am very grateful for that.”
Annie041063’s advice to call 2-1-1 is excellent since 2-1-1 is a special telephone number that provides information and referrals to health and human service organizations. Her other advice about finding playmates to enjoy hobbies with and finding spiritual friends is equally useful.
Relying on our friends, family and local resources (rather than chemical prescriptions) is always a first step. Here are a few more ideas:
Exercise, even as simple as taking a walk, is a great stress reliever. If you take a walk with a good friend and talk, you double the dose of stress relief. Sometimes having a pet to care for is soothing. Journaling (that is, keeping a diary) where you record your feelings provides comfort. Also, perhaps you can find a local center that teaches yoga and breathing exercises.
Working in the garden helps some people reduce stress. Playing is a great way to reduce anxiety and tension. Listening to music calms others. Listening to tapes that teach relaxation techniques can also be helpful. For those trying to do too much, focusing on managing and limiting commitments provides relief.
Sbanner must also be careful to avoid caffeine, eat healthy food, get adequate rest and stay hydrated.
My husband likes to rent a funny movie and laugh for a couple of hours—that's his way of relieving stress. As you can see, each of us has to find the techniques that work for our unique personality.
To thank Annie041063 for demonstrating her commitment to the well-being of members in the Fat2Fit community, I’m sending her a copy of From Fat to Fit: Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction. I hope she will pass the book along to a friend when she finishes reading it.
A Few Reminders:
Heads Up: Resolution 2012 Group:
Are you keeping your 2012 resolutions? Please post your response to these questions here:
• What are you changing to make this the healthiest year of your life?
• What habits are you adding?
• What habits are you changing or modifying?
• What habits are you eliminating?
Helping New Members Get Started: We’ve added helpful information for newcomers in a topic discussion titled “New Member Orientation—Where and How to Begin." If you’re confused about where and how to start, you can read the topic and then post any remaining questions. Members will jump in to help you. You can also learn more about how to navigate in a tutorial here: http://tinyurl.com/2d4ke34.
Next Week's Fat 2 Fit Featured Member: Next week, I’ll pick a member to lift up to our community. Who will the person be? Maybe you?