Wednesday Inspiration: Healthy living

This post* isn’t so much about creative inspiration as it is about life inspiration. One thing that’s become really clear to me over the past few days is how important being active, eating well and generally having a healthy lifestyle is, especially as you get older.

I’ve been just so inspired by my mom’s recovery from her hip surgery. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about how difficult hip surgeries can be when one is older, but so far my mom’s been doing really well. She did have to have a blood transfusion because she lost a lot of blood during the surgery, and her blood pressure also dropped a little too low for a while there, but other than that there haven’t been any problems. She looked great when I saw her today, animated and lively like usual.

She’s a very active individual, has a busy life doing things she loves (which includes a lot of human rights activism, including protests!), is very interested in healthy eating and meditates daily. And I think all this is playing an important role in her recovery.

I should be eating this more often

I should be eating this more often

I want to be doing all these things when I get to her age. Which really means I should be doing all these things now, because they’re the kind of life habits you don’t build in a day (or even a few months—it’s more like years, right?). And honestly, right now I am way less active than my mom was before she broke her hip, and I definitely don’t eat as healthily as she does.

So I figure, now’s probably a good time to start. I haven’t been meditating regularly for at least a month, the last time I worked out was … well, let’s just say it wasn’t actually any time in this current year! And I was eating well when I was low-carb, but definitely don’t eat as well now. As for the busy life doing what I love, well, I’ve got the busy life down pat, but the doing what I love part? Working on that!

It’s probably a good thing I’m reading Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before. I can definitely use help in setting up some good lifestyle habits!

*I know today isn’t Wednesday, but I wrote this post yesterday and it was supposed to post–and it didn’t!

4 thoughts on “Wednesday Inspiration: Healthy living

  1. Ti

    On May 1st, I am going to really buckle down and eat right. I do eat right, about 80% of the time but no exercise because I hate it. I am going to focus on food but try to get a little activity in. Just a little, to start. It will be better than nothing. This past year and the year before, I’ve really felt my age creeping up. I don’t look all the great. Forget the body, but my face looks drawn and I look sickly IMO. Not the picture of health for sure. I would like to fix some of that if possible. I don’t know what happened. I’m sure it was all gradual but it feels like I woke up and my face went to hell. No joke.

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      May 1st is a great target start date for me, too. Maybe we could start together? I want to start small, too. Little steps, building up to where I want to be. I feel the same way you do–it’s like the past few years I’ve suddenly started feeling my age more. I even feel stiff some mornings when I wake up!

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’ve gotten much better at using my calorie tracker lately which in turn helps me work on my eating. There’s so many things that I really like that are really good for me and I just need to remind myself about them! I’m so glad your mom is doing great! My dad’s wife is a physical therapist and she’s very positive about hip replacements. She says she sees more complete recovery for older people with a hip replacement than any other surgery and most of the time they completely recover and then some! Good luck with the eating better inspiration. I enjoyed Better Than Before though I haven’t put what I learned into practice as much as I should have.


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