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My Healthier Things

Why did I write a song in January 2023 about “My Healthier Things”? During 2022 I typically enjoyed 1-2 units of alcohol per day (they sell Belgian beers at the Total Wine store), BUT I know that the health recommendation for women is zero to one. I decided to do a “Dry January,” which was challenging, with strong cravings around 5 pm.

I really needed to turn to other enjoyable, positive things when I felt those urges. I made a list and then turned it into this song. During my birthday week in February I did ALL the things, including inviting neighbors for a fireside sing-along. And when I noticed that my sleep scores had improved (via my Apple Watch and the AutoSleep app), I extended my dry period through Easter and now imbibe only once a week or so (new guideline: at lunchtime to avoid impacting my sleep, and while being convivial and laughing with others). My “healthier things” (and the friends and family who do them with me!) are helping, as are the interesting non-alcoholic beers also sold at Total Wine… I hope you enjoy the song!

My Healthier Things to the tune of My Favorite Things (I use this karaoke track)

Stretching and yoga and a short meditation

Planning to go on a snorkeling vacation

Riding my e-bike as if I had wings

These are a few of my healthier things.

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Lifting a dumbbell and feeling my power

Getting massages for over an hour

Listening to music that stirs my heartstrings

These are a few of my healthier things.

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The author reading the book "Quiet"

Setting a timer to break up my work day

Clearing out items for posting on eBay

Enjoying a stir-fry and not chicken wings

These are a few of my healthier things.

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When temptation and procrastination

Have me feeling sad 

I simply do some of my healthier things

And then I don’t feel so bad!

*** One more round!

Declining requests just because I need me time

Reading a book with a warm furry feline

Fireside circles where everyone sings

These are a few of my healthier things.

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Skipping the beer and protecting my liver

Hiking with friends on a trail by a river

Silencing my phone to avoid all the dings

These are a few of my healthier things.

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Thinking before speaking, and speaking with kindness

Forgiving myself for my constant behindness

Practicing acceptance, whatever life brings

These are a few of my healthier things.

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When my heart breaks
When my knee aches
When I’m really mad
I simply do some of my healthier things
And then I don’t feel so bad!

People sitting around a fire at a sing-along

Heartfelt thanks to Ronnie H. for your online talent shows which inspired me to get back into writing funny lyrics, to Sarah S. and everyone who came to my sing-alongs, to Kelly for all the great hikes, to Francesca my longtime parody song partner, and many others who have helped me grow into these healthier things!˜

If you’d like support in working on your own list of healthier things (surely quite different from mine) and implementing them in your life, please contact me or make a Zoom appointment here! I’ll even sing you the song live if you want!

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