The 14-Day Plan: Week 3
After following our principles for 14 dayseating well, exercising your mind and body, and taking stock of where you areyou're on your way to continuing the healthy habits you've developed. Remember, for any behavior to become a habit, it takes two weeks.
Don't forget, this plan's goal is to keep you healthy and young, and these steps can do just thatif you can make them a regular part of your life. From here on out, you can follow the steps above for healthy living and the ones below to help guide you along the way.
- Go food shopping to make sure your pantry and fridge are stocked with healthy ingredientsto keep you from binging on pizza deliveries, drive-through heart attacks and all the spur-of-the-moment foods that can age you.
- Measure your blood pressure, waist size, resting heart rate and maximum heart rate during exercise. Record the results in your notebook.
- Record the average number of steps you take in a week.
Do the Excuse-Busting Workout. This muscle-building program, which uses your own body as your gym, will help you build and maintain lean muscle mass, help keep your weight under control, and give your muscles strength and flexibility to keep you mobile, limber, and young.
Do either the Chi-gong Workout or meditation-relaxation. Both will help balance your body and mind. Depending on your tastes, you can mix and match as you like. We prefer two days of chi-gong and at least a day of yoga.
Ask yourself the self-evaluative questions from Day 1. Those big-picture questions that measure your stress and your happiness.
Start on Day 1 and go through the pieces of the plan that will help you re-gain your focus. Re-doing the calorie-restricted body-basic diet and the self-evaluations should be enough to jump-start you if you run out of juice.
Your Daily YOU-Do list
If you're stuck, start back at the beginning.