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You are what you repeat

Introduction A few years ago I sat down one morning and wrote a poem titled “You are what you repeat.” It came to me in a moment of inspiration and I finished it in one sitting. The truth is it didn’t “just come to me in a flash,” the idea for it had been ruminating for years. I think the poem really explains a lot about why someone has the life that they do. “You are what you repeat” by Barney Matthews You are what you repeat, I know it is true, Words that you say, And deeds that you do. Words become plans, Plans become deeds, This is what determines, Where your life leads. Once is a chance, Twice is a choice, If you do it again, Will your future rejoice. Whether the outcome, Is victory or defeat, It's all because, Of what you repeat. What it really says is what kind of person you are, and what your life is like, is caused by what you have repeated. Kind people aren’t just nice to people sometimes, they are nice to people all the time. Healthy people don’t just eat

Healthy habit tips while you are stuck at home

As I write this we are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and many people are under "stay at home" orders. That means havoc for our usual habits. Assuming that in a normal 16 hour waking day 8 of those hours are spent at work then that means 50% of your weekday habit cues have disappeared! It also means people have probably defaulted to their weekend habits which probably mean less exercise and more comfort food consumption. So how can you stay healthy while stuck at home? Here are a few habit suggestions anyone can adopt when stuck at home. Stand up when talking on the phone. Set an alarm to take a 2 minute movement break every hour. Take a short walk during your lunch break. Do a bodyweight HIIT exercise routine like the 7 minute workout or the 5BX . Take a Youtube exercise class like Yoga with Adriene . Stand up and fold your laundry or do the ironing while watching TV. Make a new rule: no sitting while TV commercials are on. Or even better do jumping jacks