Reflecting on the Power 9
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-by Seth Glingle
The three life style habits of the Power 9 I thought were most important are Moving Naturally, the 80% Rule, and Family First. The last week I have been doing my best to put these habits into practice. For the most part I feel like I have gotten off to a good start in making these life style changes. Here is a reflection about the different steps I’ve taken the last week, and different ways these steps may change as I continue to develop some of these Power 9 lifestyle habits.
Moving naturally has been the toughest habit to focus on this week. The biggest road block stopping me from working on moving naturally was the weather. It was often rainy and snowy most days of the week, and everything I said I would work on was outside. Although the weather was bad I still found a couple other ways to move naturally. The first was playing ping pong. Because of the bad weather my roommates and I often found ourselves playing a lot of ping pong inside. One day we even had some friends over and had a little tournament. This was something done in community with other people and got everyone moving. One thing I did by myself was ride my bike to the grocery store. It was on one of the few nice days I was able to ride my bike. Riding my bike to get groceries was a first for me and is something I’m going to continue doing. Hopefully in the future as I ride my bike more often I won’t drive my car unless it is necessary.
The 80% Rule is something I did both well and bad on. This is because I went home for the weekend for my grandmother’s birthday and ate a lot in celebration. But during the week I did really well in eating only until I’m 80% full. There were a couple of steps I took to stop eating once I’m at 80%. The first was eat salad for a meal or a small salad right before the meal. Salads before a meal helped a lot as I didn’t eat nearly as much as I normally would with the main meal. Another step was to drink a lot of water throughout the day and during meals. By drinking a lot of water I seemed full so I wouldn’t snack on other foods. Lastly and what I found to be most the most helpful was to take time during a meal. I focused on eating slowly and by doing so I knew when to stop. Sometimes if I eat too fast I can’t tell if I’m full until after the fact, let alone at 80%. All these were done alone, but I would like to include more people in the future. I would like to include more people in my learning how to cook and prepare healthier foods with and for them.
Family first was easy for me to implement last week as I went home for the weekend to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday. I saw my whole family a couple of days and enjoyed it. Something I did do different was call my grandparents during the week just to talk to them and see how they were doing. This is something I would like to continue doing as well as make more visits to see them. This change was done alone but I’m going to try and influence my brother to call and visit more often. As I continue to put Family First into practice I may find myself occasionally going to church with them or going to other activities they are involved in.