I Want Healthy Guts

Today’s Reverb10 prompt comes from Jake Nickell, founder of Threadless.com: “What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?)”

 I should have focused on my health.

I probably worked out a total of 30-40 days out of the 365. I did start eating a bit healthier, but not as healthy as I wanted to. I don’t want to be a vegetarian, but I do want to cut certain sweets and fats out of my diet. I have a goal of living a long time (80 years plus), and I realize that at the rate I’m going I will be lucky to make it that long.

Sure, there are things that one cannot prepare for or do anything about – such as cancer. I can, however, try to minimize the risk of diabetes (which my dad has) by taking out a lot of the sugar in my diet, and take other preventative measures to stay healthy and fit. I have had a heart murmur since I was young. It hasn’t caused any serious trouble yet, but I don’t want to get to the point where it does. Therefore, I should be exercising my heart every single day, and I have not done that.

Will I do it?

I will do my best at remembering every day that I would like to live for a long time. I will do my best to remember that for every meal, I have the opportunity to make healthy choices (no matter how busy I am!). I will do my best to remember that I should focus less on the outside of my body (belly fat, man boobs, etc.), and more on my insides (heart, liver, etc.) because that’s what will keep this body moving for another 50+ years.

How about you? What “should” you have done in 2010 that you will now do in 2011?

  • Sandra Rivas

    Jeff, you have a really good point “I will do my best to remember that I should focus less on the outside of my body (belly fat, man boobs, etc.), and more on my insides (heart, liver, etc.) because that’s what will keep this body moving for another 50+ years.” I constantly tell myself that I want to go back to the gym, take salsa classes or swing classes – have I? No. Will I? Yes. The hardest part for me is getting over that hump, that comfort zone of not going. However, I am determined that this will change! :)

    • http://www.kaizenways.com Jeff Friend

      Hey Sandra, thank you for commenting! Kaizen means “continuous improvement, one small step at a time” – so I would urge you to take small steps toward that goal. Perhaps you could only take one class per week, then move up from there. Where most people fall short is that they try to do it all at once. They’ll go 5 days a week, for two weeks – then quit. That isn’t good for anyone. Just go once per week, or once every other week, then move up slowly. Have fun!

  • Lucifer

    Why worry or take the time to look at something that can’t be changed. It really is a waste of time. However…

    Be a realist. Look in the mirror and open up to yourself. So many have no one to sit and openly talk with, so look at yourself and ask all the hard questions you should ask but never do or worry about someone else bringing up those sore spots. Just be honest with yourself. Pick out or list the top 5 things you’d like to change. Create a positive plan, Do the plan, Study the results and data, and Act to improve the plan.

    I understand Kaizen but the Deming Cycle (Plan,Do,Study,Act)allows failure without the blame.

    Self improvement like birth may require some pain. Failure is hard for some but with the Deming Cycle their is no need. Its a learning process without the stimga of failing. Its more or less a work in progress with minimal failure and unlimited upside.

    I used the Deming cycle in the management of buisness and myself. How else can I obtain the number of souls I need.

    Calm down, it won’t hurt a bit!!

    • http://www.kaizenways.com Jeff Friend

      Thank you, I’m going to check out this Deming Cycle

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    • http://www.kaizenways.com Jeff Friend

      Hi Marisa, I will be doing more video in 2011 for sure. Thank you for the comment!

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