I'm doing what I can to live to between age 100 and 110 or so, longer if possible. I'm aiming to have almost full mobility, respiration, and general health until age 80-90 or so, then perhaps gradually declining/deteriorating health until passing away between 100 and 110.
So I work on the big stuff - stretching, diet, aerobic exercise, strength training, nutrition, and so on. Lately I've been thinking more about having good skin at that age.
About five years ago I had a really lovely girlfriend who put lotion on twice a day in the morning and night, and she had the most amazing and soft skin. Now, I don't really care about amazing and soft skin now, I don't care about having great skin between ages 30 and 50, but I definitely want not-terrible-skin at age 90.
In Korea two months ago I spent time in a jimjilang, a big family spa/bathhouse type place. They had a room full of scrubbing salt near the pools of water, and after scrubbing my skin with salt and putting on lotion, my skin felt about a million times better the next day. The hotel I'm staying at in Hong Kong has free lotion here, so I put some on yesterday. My skin feels a little more smooth and a little less rough.
I wonder what schedule is beneficial for this. I've done some google searches and it's hard to find any great guides: Most of them are more cosmetic/beauty geared, which doesn't matter so much to me. I'm looking for the long term health benefits. For now, I'll look to do this once a week. It'll take 15 minutes or so once a week? Yeah, that's worth it to have better skin in my late years.
Moisturizing your skin twice a day is quite enough.
For long-term benefits, try using products with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids). I started using 'em over a year ago, and now I'm totally addicted to them -- they make my skin feel soft and amazing. I also try to consume an adequate amount of antioxidants (esp. lycopene) everyday.
Three weeks ago I added cash numbers to my weekly review. What I'd make actively, passively, spend. Two weeks ago the line on my review read:
What'd I spend this week? Not sure. Figure out expenses next week
This week it looks like this*:
What'd I spend this week?
Expenses: July 18: room $32, food $12, coffee $4 July 19: room $15, food $10, coffee $4, transit $2 [groceries $18, vitamins $66] July 20: room $15, food $0, no other expenses July 21: room $15, food $12 coffee $4 [groceries $3] July 22: room $15, food $0, no other expenses July 23: room $15, food $0, no other expenses July 24: room $15, food $0, no other expenses July 25: room $22, food $12, coffee $7 [groceries $13 - but bought at convenience store, and had to throw away two things I bought because pork was in it] 26 room $15, food $0 Total: room $144 ($18/day), food $46, coffee $19, groceries $31, transit $2 -> I also bought vitamins for $66, but that's a long term expense over the next two months, not an expense for just this week.
So the free writing thing I completed successfully enough. I did 5 days instead of 7 days, but to be fair, I don't really count my weekends in my week..so 5 days seems alright to me. My next project for this blog is weight loss. I don't own a scale, but the last time I weighed myself (probably a couple weeks ago) I was 140 pounds I believe. My goal is to drop at least 30 pounds, putting me around 110. I am starting a new weight loss plan that I plan to keep up with for a long time. I made it simple enough that it can be a lifestyle and not a "diet". because diets end and lifestyles keep you healthy.
First of all, I needed to figure out my food diet. I love food and I honestly don't want to give up a bunch of yummy foods because I know myself pretty well and if I don't let myself have something, I'll get angry at myself eventually and stuff a bunch of that untouchable food down my throat just to show myself that I can't boss myself around. So I started Googling ways to eat healthy and not give up the foods you like, and what I stumbled across was this blog post by Eleanor Harding entitled "Eat vegan all day then dinner is guilt-free, says writer who claims 'common sense' diet saved him from diabetes" where she talks about Mark Bittman who started eating vegan all day before 6pm and then let himself eat whatever he wanted for dinner. This plan has worked for his health, and I am hoping that it will work for mine. Here's a link to that blog post if you'd like to check it out: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2414653/Eat-vegan-day-dinner-guilt-free-says-writer-claims-common-sense-diet-saved-diabetes.html
So my food diet will be vegan before 6pm. I know I can do that and I look forward to it. The next part of the weight loss plan is exercise. I have never really been into exercising but I've always wanted to be into it. This morning I watched a video by this sweet, beautiful blonde girl that calls herself MissPinkMeltsAway on YouTube. This is the video I watched:
After watching that video I watched her video showing the progression of her weight loss over that time and at the very end you see how her body looks now and she is simply stunning. She was already stunning with the weight on her so when the weight came off it was crazy how wonderful she looked! Her videos inspired me to get serious about working out. Everyone else has to do it. There's no easy way out of being obese (which according to my BMI I am), and I'm sick of just waiting for some miracle weight loss discovery to happen. I need to take action. So after watching this girl's videos I searched YouTube for a good workout video and this is what I found: