The following is a post by staff writer Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. Her blog covers living expenses, saving for your future, and the fun stuff along the way.
My husband and I dream of early retirement in about 25 years. My husband looks forward to gaming more often. I look forward to having more time to volunteer. We both want to travel more as well. The trick to all of our dreams is to continue saving and to stay in good enough health that we can actually accomplish our goals.
Health is truly something I don’t notice much until I am sick. When I am sick, my world stops and I just suffer. I am a wussy when it comes to pain and usually just try to hide away under my covers when I feed bad. It’s hard to admit that my laziness now may hurt my future happiness.
Keeping that in mind, I am starting to concentrate more on health-related issues now than I ever had worried about it before. Here are a few examples.
I exercised a lot as a child and teen simply because I enjoyed sports. I also enjoyed rollerblading to all of my classes and jobs in college, so I stayed in good shape. At the age of 22, fresh out of college, I took a desk job and stopped exercising at all.
Now I’m 27 and am trying to introduce activity back in to my life. I walk my dogs and hike with friends. I need to do more, but I am trying to find an exercise buddy so I don’t lose interest. I started the Crystal Light Challenge, which does keep me honest, but it doesn’t solve my need for human companionship while doing something boring.
I’ve always eaten a bunch. I was not a picky eater as a child and I’m even less picky now. Being open to new foods isn’t a bad thing unless you also tend to overeat if something is really tasty. That’s me. I have a very hard time limiting myself when it comes to really great food.
For the last 5 months, I have been trying to decrease my portion sizes and have stopped eating after 9pm Sunday-Thursday nights. This has helped me sleep better. I’ve also lost 15 pounds. I’ve only cheated a few times, so it is nice to know that I’m not too old to learn new tricks, lol.
I completely blew off flu shots and checkups in college. I figured I could always get some medicine if I got sick. Seeing as my family does have a history of weight problems and diabetes, I’ve decided to be more proactive with my health. For the past 5 years, I haven’t missed my annual checkup, blood workup, or flu shot appointments.
I also started caring way more about my weight and have been eating healthier for the past year. My husband and I went from eating out almost every day of the week to just once or twice. We have even started experimenting with new recipes, which is a small victory in my opinion, lol.
Hopefully my realization that I am not indestructible will lead to a more productive future. It would be nice to be able to enjoy the later years of life. :-)
Do you ever think about your health? What do you concentrate on to keep yourself healthy?