and you can quote me . ..

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.~ Wayne Fields

I’ve spent the last hour googling and reading diet quotes / health quotes / life quotes. Some are just plain silly and obnoxious, but others are inspirational. There is something powerful and wonderful about a well written idea — the smooth flow of words, the double meaning, the thought provoking truth. Some of the quotes date back to the 17-1800’s! They’re from Napoleon, Cicero, Mark Twain and Shakespeare. Others are by Erma Bombeck, Meryl Streep and Dr. Oz. Evidently, health, diet and wellness have been on the minds of deep thinkers for generations. Here’s one:

It’s no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are “heal.” ~Ed Northstrum

My present quest is wellness which is defined by Wikipedia as a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being. Wellness is more than disease free. It is a fused state of mind and body, where both are at peace with each other as well as the outside environment. Weight Watchers recommends that we think of and write down our goal. I’ve discovered for myself it has to includes more than being at a healthy weight. It is more than eating and feeding my body well. It also encompasses feeding my spirit and soul.

Last year I spent several months experimenting with personal wellness. I decided to do something in four areas each day: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. I made a chart and daily checked it off. Sometimes an activity let me mark two things at once, for example reading scriptures and recording impressions filled both categories of mental and spiritual. Taking a walk is both emotional and physical especially when I witness a spectacular sunrise or hear squawking sandhill cranes in the field by the river. I would write a note or send a postcard to someone I admire. I exercised each day. I was at goal. It was an amazing journey. I felt good and I felt good about myself! People noticed and asked what was different and I would answer, “I have a new best friend.” [It was me!] I highly recommend that we treat ourselves as our best friend. I don’t know why I stopped. Somewhere along the way, I lost enthusiasm, I got my feelings hurt one day, I forgot how wonderful I had been feeling and I gave up on me. Although it was a rewarding pursuit — both enriching and healing — I lost my focus. Or I got lazy and complacent.

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at a the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ~Mary Anne Racmacher


Wellness is my responsibility. It is your responsibility. It’s a connection of paths: knowledge and action.

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is. ~ Racmacher

Today is Saturday. Two weeks ago I started to eat healthy and write this blog. In those two weeks I’ve lost weight, and I have gained comittment, strength, courage, resolve. I’ve gained a little muscle tone. I’ve seen good results — which is precisely what I needed to stay the course. I needed to see a change to give me incentive to continue. I’ve overcome some obstacles. I’ve spent less time watching TV. I’ve read a book. I’ve seen my skin improve and my stomach less flabby. Last night before bed I did 100 crunches. I know it’s crazy but I wanted to do them! It felt great! I’m worth this hard work, and you can quote me!

Woohoo! 153. And this morning I made myself an egg-white and veggie omelet topped with salsa! Then a Live Morning Smoothie. Oh yah, world, I’m getting back on track!