20 Things I’ve Done to Improve My Health

by Holly on November 23, 2011

in Everythingtarianism,healthy tips

(1) Get monthly massages. Not only have they significantly reduced the number of migraines I get, but man, they just feel damn good.

(2) Two words: roasted vegetables.

(3) See a therapist. It is my belief we should ALL have one.

(4) Find a workout buddy. The best kind is a trustworthy, health-minded friend who will make you stick to your workouts 90% of the time and blow them off with you for happy hour margaritas 10% of the time.

(5) Give up Diet Coke.  Four months later, my sparkling water and I are new best friends.

(6) Sleep at least 7 to 9 hours per night. Nine is my ideal perfect amount, but with how crazy life has been getting lately, I’m settling for seven. Never EVER less.

(7) Brush. Floss. Mouthwash. Repeat.

(8) Laugh. A lot. Real gut-busting guffaws. At everything. With everyone. Some good ways to ensure laughter include sex workshops, Lionel Richie’s music video for “Hello” and performing random song n’ dance numbers whenever the mood strikes.

(9) Watch copious amounts of Parks and Recreation (see above).

(10) Cut myself some slack, especially when it comes to healthy eating, exercising and that all-too-consuming number on the scale.

(11) Stop biting my nails. It’s been more than a year, and while I still catch myself occasionally nibbling under stress, I feel better knowing I’m not spreading gross fingernail germs.

(12) Find the right doctor. After researching various OB-GYN referrals, I found my current gynecologist (who is actually a nurse practitioner). She is the most helpful and caring medical professional I have ever had and has provided the best comprehensive care I have ever received. I told her she can never move away…at least not without me.

(13) Write this blog. It is the emotional, creative outlet I need to let it out at the end of the day.

(14) Get an STD test. Did you know the fastest growing population with STDs is people over 70? It doesn’t matter if you’re a senior citizen, in a relationship or not, get tested. Knowledge is power.

(15) Give back. And never stop giving back.

(16) Yoga. Calming my monkey mind isn’t easy, but yoga challenges me to clear my thoughts AND gives me defined arms at the same time. #winning

(17) Quit worrying about what other people think. One of my favorite authors, the indeminable Roald Dahl, once said, “Be yourself, because those you mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Amen Roald, amen.

(18) Coffee…salads…and dessert. In that order.

(19) Run a marathon. Proof you can push your body beyond what you ever thought possible.

(20) Eat my yearly Thanksgiving meal with wild abandon and a resulting stomach so crammed with food, I can do nothing more than watch a Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s marathon all day on E!.  Hey, this holiday comes once per year! If I start eating Thanksgiving style everyday of the year, then let’s reassess.

What is one thing YOU’VE done to improve your health? Sharing is caring!


Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Monthly massages?? Oh my gosh, I wish. I usually make a point of getting a massage once or twice a year (usually once during summer break & one during winter break). I need it after rough semesters!

Great post, btw.

Shannon November 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I rejoined Curves, where I worked over 4 years ago. It feels great to be back!

Jessica Spotts-Grabel December 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Hi Holly,
Just read your blog for the first time and love it. Your writing style is a true gift, don’t stop the creative flow. I’m in need of some referrals from your list.

Laura @ Backstage Balance December 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

A lovely post – good for you for doing all of these healthy things for yourself. Aaand you’ve reminded me to book a massage. I actually stopped seeing my therapist so that I could instead spend the co-pay $$ on massages :-D

Erin Rose December 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm

This is great, and I especially enjoy #1. This will encourage me to get that massage I’ve been meaning to schedule for a year now! Plus, with finals coming up, I’m going to need some stress relief.

Jen December 4, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Good post!
And since you like Parks & Rec so much, it reminds me of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcwxHkXAdmM !

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