50 Habits of Thin People: Week 1

I often choose series based on what I want to work on, thus the 50 Habits of Thin People! The goal of this series is to be more informed on what habits the healthy person may have. I have entitled this the “50 Habits of Thin People”, but it could easily be replaced with the “50 Habits of Healthy People”.



I want to, through this series, learn to live healthier. I want improved health, more energy, improved sleep, a better outlook on life, more physical capability, and the promise of a longer life of quality.


Each week, I want to introduce 2-3 habits we can work on as we move towards a healthier life.


My Dad has agreed to help me i this process. He has done a LOT of research in this area and he and my mother have made great strides in their own lives.The first two habits are from my Dad:


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Habit 1- Decide to adopt healthy habits, not just “diet”. 


The first “habit” I would like to focus on is the fact that thin (healthy) people eat and live differently “habitually”. So if you are reading this as a person who wants to be skinnier, the answer is not so much in making temporary changes in what you eat (diet) and what you do, but to find new ways of eating and living that you can live with for the rest of your life.

It is no secret that Americans “diet” like no other culture and yet we are one of the heavier cultures around. That is because we make temporary changes and then go back to our old ways and the result is the same as before.

As you look through this list, find things you can “live” with. Small changes that are applied consistently over a life time can make a big difference.

But not if you undermine them by saying, because I exercised today (300 calories), I can have a dessert (500 calories).


Health Habit 2 – Walk more

There are two principle ingredients to improved health: eating better and being more active.

There are many ways to be more active. I will discuss the benefits of a regular exercise program in future habits but let’s start with just walking more.  Over the last two years I have returned to jogging, but I started with walking.


I walk every day, twice a day, with our two dogs: Bingley and Bear. We walk no matter what the weather (ok, if the wind chills is -30, we shorten it a bit but we still go). We walk a mile in the morning and another mile about supper time. It does them good and it does me good.Another way I walk regularly is by parking about 7 minutes from my office (where parking on the street is available) rather than in the parking garage across the street. It saves me the $60/month for parking and gives me a bit more walking time…..

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Practical Applications:

– Talk it up Every time you grab the phone, stand up and pace around. Heavy people sit on average two and a half hours more per day than thin people, according to the Mayo Clinic. Burns 50 or more

– Get face time We use e-mail so much we’ve forgotten what our co-workers look like. Pick a colleague or two who sits farthest from you and deliver 10 of those daily messages in person. And go out of your way: Hit a bathroom or a copier on another floor — and take the stairs, of course. Burns 100

– Jog for junk mail Turn clutter into a challenge: For every piece of junk mail you pull from the mailbox each day, do one lap around your house or building, or up and down a flight of stairs. Burns 35-140


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6 comments to 50 Habits of Thin People: Week 1

  • Yes–you are so right it is a lifestyle change! The hardest thing is getting going, followed by continuing after you’ve “slipped.” We tend to be an all or nothing culture, not one of moderation. Thanks for the post! =)
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  • Habit 1- Decide to adopt healthy habits, not just “diet” has become a personal motto for me on my weight loss journey. I refuse to live my life on a diet. It can become so depressing. I want to be able to get to a place where counting calories and writing in a food log is not necessary because I will consistently make healthy choices.
    Kimberly recently posted..Why to hire a Personal TrainerMy Profile

    • EXACTLY right! I want to be able to get to that place as well. I am inspired by my mother. She lost 38 pounds in the matter of a year and a half, but she has kept it off! It is a life choice and takes awhile to get there, but we can do it!

  • I really like this series! I try to walk a lot too. I USUALLY walk 1x per day with my dog, but only about a half mile. I should try to up that. But, I do walk 3/4 of a mile both to & from work. I park far away ’cause it’s cheaper too like you!
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    • Thanks so much for your encouragement!! It’s been fun doing it with the hubby. I’m blessed that he has time and willingness! That’s really cool that you park far away so you can get that exercise in.

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