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Day 1508 - Doing a New Challenge

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I signed up for a challenge from the New York Times, where I've been a subscriber for the past 18 months. I was looking for something a little different (no offense, SparkPeople) to get me going in the New Year. It's called the 30-Day Well Challenge #NYTWellChallenge and can be found here:

The first task is to write about what being successful in the Well Challenge means to me. To quote the instructions: "Your first Well challenge is to write or type a letter to yourself about what a successful Well Challenge means to you. Why did you sign up? Make a commitment to yourself, in writing, to complete each task. Remind yourself to keep an open mind about everything you will be asked to do. Think about the four challenge areas — Move, Refresh, Connect and Nourish — as you describe how you want to feel in 30 days."

I'm posting it here to integrate this challenge with my Spark journey, which will continue forever if I have anything to do with it. Here's why I want to continue my journey to health and wellness, with an integrated approach to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sustainability:

* I want to be able to do all the things I can do today (exercise, travel, cook, read, and connect with people) well into my later years.

* I want to live as long as possible, not being a burden on my family, fully capable of taking care of my own affairs.

* I want to have the resources to provide for our needs without worrying that we could become a burden on society.

* I want to be an engaged, loving partner to my spouse so that we can celebrate our 50th anniversary together.

* I want to retire from my job at a point where I'm ready to go while my team still wants me to stay. The worst thing that could happen would be for others to be counting the days for me to leave.

* I want to be that guy who lives to be 100 and has people telling him "you look like you're only 80 years old!"

I feel like I'm on the right track to make these goals a reality. I still get complimented on my appearance when people find out my actual age. I'm grateful for the role genetics plays in that and hope it continues for a good, long time. I'm not perfect in my eating and exercise habits, but SP keeps me honest and accountable, and that's enough for me right now.

I'm so appreciative of all the support I get every day on this site. I'll keep coming back - will you do the same? I invite you to share my journey, and I hope to share yours. Let's do this together!

Spark on.
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    Highly motivational bog, as usual!
    I really like your down to earth goals. They reflect what most people want. You are a strong, sweet, good looking man! emoticon
    646 days ago
    It sounds like a good plan..thank you for sharing
    710 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    This is something I could do, and often think about. It could be a huge benefit and I plan to log on at some point, probably in the airport lounge. What is a little bizarre : your goals are mine- exactly.
    712 days ago
    What a great challenge for yourself! And I can totally seeing you do it too! Looking forwards to reading some more insights on the addition to your journey, emoticon
    723 days ago
    Wonderful blog ..
    I truly love this idea ..
    of course I will follow you ...
    your reasons for being well awesome
    .. they will carry you well into your 100th trip around the sun .. with your partner by your side ..
    I'll be checking the link ..
    I could use a little kick to get me moving more .. putting the phrase SELF LOVE in capitals .. because love starts with us first .. then goes Up and Beyond ...

    thank you ..
    724 days ago
    Excellent challenge! Thanks for letting us know about it! I love the NY Times I read it ALL the time when they did such great reporting on the foreclosure crisis. The articles really motivated me to hold the line and fight out against the fraud and graft of the bank. Hey..it's paid off so far..knock wood. We are still here headed towards 9 years of fighting the good fight.

    It's best to take good care of ourselves in this crazy mixed up world. I do my best to steer the hubs towards better eating habits and he bugs me to move my body more...we've always been a team...I'm so blessed.

    AND YES...i can say first hand from meeting you in person you look MUCH younger than your age and I've always thought you were a 'looker' even before I met you in person! emoticon
    725 days ago
    Happy sparking!
    725 days ago
    I am going to try this. Thanks, Steve!
    732 days ago
    Hi Steve,
    50 years together! That is something wonderful to celebrate! Thank you for your blog today. I love the challenge! Have an awesome and healthy day!
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    733 days ago
    You are always such an inspiration. With that smile of yours you will always be a youngster.

    734 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Thanks for sharing!
    734 days ago
    Thanks for the link. I signed up.
    735 days ago
    Some great reasons to be successful! Great starting point!
    736 days ago
    Wishing you the best with the challenge. Love your retirement goal. And, enjoy those genetics! Something I definitely do not share with you. I do not believe I have EVER had anyone guess my age and guess younger. EVER! And, it is usually significantly older. Sometimes almost 20 years older than my actual age. Yeah. However, I am doing my best to play the hand I was dealt!

    Go get 'em!

    737 days ago
    Wishing you all the luck in your new challenge! And love you goals. I, too, want to be functional and not be a burden to anyone, and be able celebrate my 50th w/my spouse.

    737 days ago
    I want to wish you great success on your challenge. I hope you will share your daily challenges with us so we can do them with you and support you. I'm not very good at challenges really but I'm a good cheerleader. Actually, I suck as a cheerleader too but I'm a good cook........... maybe. I'm certain that I must be good at something. LOL

    I'm with you on your motivation for staying fit. My hubby and I only have each other. If something happens to me I want him to be able to take care of himself. He would want the same for me.

    You are a handsome man regardless of your age. Hugs.
    737 days ago
    Those are very good points to work toward.
    737 days ago
    Thanks for the link Steve, I am on it! emoticon emoticon
    737 days ago
    Loved this blog Steve, as a woman in my seventies, I know it is so important to keep one's health, thus keeping one's independence.....Wishing you all the best !

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    737 days ago
    Good luck but don't forget about us. I'm going to check it out emoticon
    737 days ago
    Hey Steve, your motivations are right "on the money." A real commitment to health and wellness is not just about how much you weigh or how you look (although I enjoy the compliments) but it's about a whole lot more. You've captured the essence of it in your blog. There is no doubt in my mind that you'll achieve your goals associated with this challenge. Wishing you the best.
    737 days ago
    This was inspiring to read.
    737 days ago
    I'm looking forward to hearing how this 30 day challenge motivates you!
    737 days ago
    Wonderful points. I share all of those same feelings.

    Taking it one healthy habit at a time. Locking arms with you!

    737 days ago
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