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Week 17: Day 113
Health Strategy: "Must Do" vs. "Should Do"
March 23, 2005
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It may help to hear a question that I ask occasionally that helps with health practices. I don't ask this question every day, but when things get crazy and health practices start to fall away, this is the question that works for me. I learned the question from a classic book on time management published in 1959: The Management of Time by James T. McCay. My copy was one of the thirty-fifth printing, from 1978. I see the book referenced in many current books on time management and highly recommend it. Before I share the question, let me tell you more of the problem it addresses.

One of the most common lamenting remarks that I hear from people who ask my advice about health is that they know what they must do but just need more will power in regards to food and more time in regards to exercise. With this comment, the person will be referring to the realization of knowing that exercise should be done, or certain foods avoided, but that they just don't have the will power to resist the foods or the time to do the exercise.

The person telling me this will often be successful in business and with their family and will have many accomplishments that seem to testify that he or she enjoys a surplus of will power and resolution and the ability to manage time.

Often these same people, with a fine tuning of resolutions and focus, the will find time for exercise and avoid improper eating. McCay's question helps with this fine tuning daily resolutions.

You've previously read that I think the resolution to eat five servings of any fruit or vegetable every day and two to five low-calorie protein shakes per day will help suppress the appetite so that improper foods will be avoided. You've heard me say that walking 3 miles per day will (for most people) burn all the extra calories needed to be burned to maintain a proper weight and will cause hormonal changes that also help curb the appetite for unhealthy foods. But the challenge is to put these practices into the normal day.

Here is where McCay's question can help. This is the process he recommended in his classic book:

Read on...

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