Just finished my morning back exercises and meditation. One more day of less-than-strict dietary activities and than 2017 will begin.
I have a number of goals for 2017 and they mostly revolve around improving my health. That all starts tomorrow.
With that in mind, I’ll be updating this post with the various health-related things I’ll be attempting to do this year.
Almost everyone I pay attention to with respect to health recommends at least 8 hours of sleep. Since I’m retired, I don’t wake up to an alarm clock unless I have a morning appointment for something. That said, I don’t always get 8 hours of sleep. This year I will make a more concerted effort to get 8 hours per night.
Aside from sleep quantity, there is sleep quality. One other common recommendation is to not be exposed to computer/tablet/phone screens in the hours before bed. I definitely haven’t been following that advice but in 2017 I am going to.
I have been meditating via the Headspace app on and off during the second half of 2016. It has had a beneficial effect on my blood pressure (which I measure every morning). I will be more regular in my meditation in 2017 – hopefully doing it every morning.
In 2016, one of my new year’s resolutions was to fast for three days every quarter. I successfully did that and found it beneficial. During the year I have been doing some reading about the benefits of fasting which only makes me more committed to making fasting a regular part of my life. In 2017, I will fast for 4 days each month.
In the second half of 2016, up until our Thailand trip, we walked pretty much every day. This was really great and I want to continue doing that. Unfortunately, right now it’s pretty cold and there’s snow. So, my plan B is to get on our elliptical machine. At least 6 times a week in 2017.
I also intend to try taking some yoga classes in 2017, probably after I finish my jury duty in January.
Food and Drink
I plan to be more strict in 2017 than I was in 2016. The basic plan is no grains, sugar, bad fats, legumes. Bulletproof coffee in the morning and two meals during the day. One day per month of eating out.
I haven’t been able to find a functional M.D. nearby but I am overdue for a checkup including blood work. I plan to get that done in January.
In 2016, the only red flag in my blood work was high LDL and I’ve been doing some diet & lifestyle modification to try and help that. The next time I get blood work results should tell if that helped. I’m anxious to find out.
I also need to find a sleep doctor this year, if only to get some new supplies.
That’s a quick view of my 2017 plans in the area of health. I will be reviewing each week to see how things are going and likely you’ll see that on this blog.