Simple Life Improvements

BobMarleyQuoteMost of the time, the older you get, the smarter you get. It’s fairly obvious why and  it’s due to learning from experience. At the ripe age of 30, I can say I’m figuring it out. I’ve made too many mistakes to count in the past and I’m sure I’ll make many more in the future but I’ll share with you some of the life improvements I have made.

 

Got To Make A Change

 

  • sunstar_gum_soft_picksI use a soft pick for my gums now.  I’ve always gone to the dentist twice a year my whole life.  Every single time I go to the dentist they’d floss my teeth and my gums would bleed.  The X-rays would show pockets (spaces) in my gums which were dangerous long term.  I was told repeatedly to floss (which I did do about 3-4 times a week which wasn’t enough) and tried fluoride but it never improved.  Finally I push these picks in between my gums and actually feel the spaces.  After months of doing this, I guarantee my gums will improve and my teeth will be 100% again

 

  • fresh-fruits-vegetables-2419I rarely snack on junk food or chocolate but that doesn’t mean I eat healthy.  I don’t cook so I’m usually either taking out or firing up the oven to heat something frozen.  These type of meals tend to have a lot of sodium.  My most recent blood results showed that I was bordering on high cholesterol.  Even though my weight is fine, I have practically no fruits or vegetables in my diet.  I doubt I’ll have a heart problem but I get the feeling this leads to unhealthy skin which I notice from time to time.  Currently I’m sitting her with a jar of fruit and attempted to cook some broccoli pasta on a skillet which I’m sure wasn’t all that healthy.  Either way it’s an effort in the right direction.

 

  • treadmillsMy knee is finally back to full health which seemed endless.  It was a good 3 months to heal and when I can’t get my cardio in, my life honestly gets depressing.  I eat more crap and don’t have proper balance in my life.  Since then I’ve steadily increased mileage where I can comfortably do 5 miles in under 6 minute miles now.  I want to stay at this level without pushing myself too hard to avoid injury.  I’ve written before but I’ll write again, getting injured is the worst thing you can do to your body because it prevents training.

 

  • gladwell_david and goliathI’ve been reading less and I know why.  It’s because I have a book that I can’t get into.  It’s Malcom Gladwell’s David and Goliath and the book isn’t that interesting.  I found all his other works compelling but this one is a pure snoozer.   I don’t like abandoning books because they are bad so I read about 10 pages a night before I go to sleep and at this rate I will read one book this year.  I would guess I average about 2-3 dozen a year but I’ve gotten caught in quicksand.  If this happens to you, I hope you are smarter than me and lay it down.

 

That’s all I’ve got but life is always about improving and when I look back at how I lived through college and thereafter, I’ve come a long way.  It’s never too late to make changes.  Being smart a lot of times isn’t even being smart, it’s just not being stupid.