July Ho‘ohana: Here’s to good health

What I had hoped for when I wrote June’s Ho‘ohana on ‘ÅŒpala ‘ole, was that clearing the clutter for us would open up some space. Space for better things, and for more freedom to pursue them.

What do I mean by better things? The things that dreams are made of, and the goals of work-worthy passions. The work with which we create our destiny, and make some contribution to humanity. The stuff of legacy building, and of making meaning in our world.

What are you really meant to do with your time? What is the burning goal that has been eluding you? In clearing away the other clutter of your life, what’s left that stops you from achieving it? What still stands in your way?

For many of us, it may be that we ourselves are in the way, and what we need is better practice in willpower, tenacity, resilience and self-discipline. So I started to think about what we could all practice together in July that would help us with these things. The more I thought about it, the more I came to one answer: working together on our best possible health.

Our health is the ultimate reality check for us. When you or a loved one are in poor health, every other priority in the world pales in comparison. Yet knowing this, when we are in good health we make the terrible error of taking it for granted. We skip a day’s exercise here or there, and soon we are hardly exercising at all. We eat on the run, and soon we can’t remember when we ate some wholesome food.

I’ve had so many of you tell me that our June clutter-busting has been liberating, and you’ve inspired me with your choosing of some new things to occupy your time with, such as fortifying key professional relationships, and spending these precious days of summer with family. However before you choose too much other newness, I encourage you to invest in your health this month. If you aren’t exercising regularly, eating well, and sleeping as much as you should, use this month’s Ho‘ohana as your encouragement to start. Be sure you fit in a healthy regimen and better lifestyle into whatever personal productivity model you are revamping: its way too important to be left out or neglected.

All this marvelous travel I’ve done has meant too many business lunches and dinners lately. Too many scones and bundt cakes have invalidated any calorie delusions I’ve had sipping my low-fat lattes every morning in coffee houses, and right now I’m packing a few more pounds than I should be. So for me, July will see me back to wearing my pedometer daily to be absolutely sure I get my 10,000 steps or more, and thanks to Hawaii’s wonderful summer weather I’ll be hitting the pavement early each morning. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a very visual person, and those words — willpower, tenacity, resilience and self-discipline  — are going up on my refrigerator door so that I eat better.

My goal this month: I will once again do the 5-mile Kilauea Caldera Run & Walk this year on July 30th at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and I’ll be ten pounds lighter than I am now when I do (which is the weight I know I am healthiest at). I’ll be sending in my registration today: if you are on island July 30th consider joining me. All the details are here.

Set your own goal for better health this month. Commit to it by commenting here, and sharing your goal with the Ho‘ohana Community. You’re important to us, and we’re all here to support you.

Have this coming 4th of July weekend be your kick-off to a month-long celebration of good living. Here’s to your good health.

H2Related Link:
Volcano Wilderness Runs, and the Legend of Makoa.

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  1. says

    Aloha Rosa,
    Welcome home! I’m fighting a lingering cold that I know comes from the reduced immunity of new schedules and new responsibilities. Mahalo for urging me to make a commitment to my own health for July! Wish I could run with you…right now my work schedule includes Saturday mornings, but perhaps I could switch with someone and join you at the Volcano. My runs are more like slow jogs to protect my aging knees but 5 miles would be a good stretch goal for me, especially at that altitude!
    A hui hou

  2. says

    Welcome back, happy July, and great choice of topic for this month! Your goal is good inspiration for me as well to get more activity in my life to lose the pregnancy weight that lingers after my daughter was born in March!
    As a side note, I always love seeing references to 10,000 steps as a daily physical activity goal, as that was a program originally started here in Minnesota – the land of 10,000 lakes!

  3. says

    Aloha Hanna, and thank you, while my trip was wonderful, it is exceedingly good to be back!
    Good tidbit to know – I had no idea the 10,000 steps benchmark had some specific history: do send me a link for the full story if you know of one, would you?
    I can’t remember how I first heard of it, causing me to use it in my own personal fitness regimen, but it truly is a good guideline for me: less than that every day and I have to be brutally honest with myself about slacking off. More and I feel like I’ve given myself a great start for my day.
    I do remember another campaign that was done here locally by Dr. Earl Bakken’s organization to commemorate his 80th birthday, and I thought that was a pretty cool marker to add to all the other significant achievements of his life: he is best known as the inventor of the pacemaker, and in our community he continues to mentor many in the pursuit of better health for us all. http://www.earlbakken.com/
    Aloha Beth,
    I would so love to have you join me! I ran the five miles last year, and so this year I’m not as concerned with my timing knowing I can pretty easily finish it. I want to drink in the beauty of the walk/run itself. As you know it is magnificent, and so while I was happy with my time I did have some regrets that I didn’t savor the entire experience – this year I fully intend to do so.
    So please do consider coming: seeing you again would be wonderful. If you stay the night after (or just want to come up on Sunday morning) we plan to hike the Devastation Trail Sunday before returning home. Is that extra enticement for you?

  4. says

    Here’s a link to the organization that developed the idea – http://www.10k-steps.com/LearnMore.asp It’s spread like wildfire! This link doesn’t have the history per se, but does give some background…
    Also, Googling “10,000 steps” brings up a lot of good links… And just for anyone else’s information on why 10,000 is the number to aim for (my old health educator background coming in here), 10,000 steps is roughly equivalent to the Surgeon General’s recommendation to get 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.

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