Technology is brilliant. I am bit of a techie
at heart, pouring my spare time into learning everything I can about
technology. Last month I hit the wall. Up until last month I have
been blessed exponentially with little to no computer hassles. My
computers have never crashed and burned, nor have I ever had a virus.
Times have changed.
After installing a program onto my laptop that
is supposed to prevent any problems with crashing and viruses I
rebooted my computer only for the laptop to "crash". Apparently
the program I installed corrupted one of the files. It prevented
the laptop to boot up and launch the appropriate programs. Argh!
The fortunate part was the majority of my data was backed up on
my desktop at home and all my contacts in my database were synced
with my palm. Thankfully it was all-good. Or so I thought, until
the dark cloud rolled into town and I realized the book I had been
working on while on the road was NOT backed up. I was choked. Choked
because I had been so lazy and miffed because I had nearly completed
the first draft and fuming because I only had the first 3 chapters
backed up on my desktop. The other 9 or so chapters were written
while I was on the road. They were on my now useless laptop. Yes,
my blood was boiling, fire works were going off in my head and hot
steam was coming out of my ears. It takes a lot for me to get fired
up and choked. This nearly hit the nail on the head.
Taking a nice deep breath, I calmly decided that
I would simply re-write the book if need be and trust it would be
even better than the first draft. Secondly I began calling my tech
friends begging for help. In a short time I learned how to access
files through DOS. With the help of my brother, and another computer
hero I suavely mastered the art of finding files and saving them
to disk with DOS. Thank goodness! My book was safe, but my computer
woes were just beginning.
The next day I used my palm to retrieve client
information and various contacts. I was giggling to myself at how
brilliant I was to have everything backed up on my palm and how
resourceful I was to be able to retrieve my book. Life was good.
Well, it was good until I awoke the next morning find my palm completely
blank. Nothing was on it! My heart sank and my body soured with
disbelief. How could this be happening?! No, my batteries were not
dead - they were brand new. To this moment, I do not know what happened.
For some obscure reason everything was gone off my palm. Everything
was erased. Vanished.
Being on the road can be challenging at the best
of times, imagine having everything crash on you in a 24-hour period.
I am certain you may be able to relate to me. Did I say technology
is brilliant? Let me re-qualify that to "when it is working".
Our body is much like the computers we work with.
Computers need to be backed up, defragged, cleaned out and updated
in order to function at a peak level. When computers crash and we
have backed up our data, we can easily rebuild the system. If we
have no back up it can be a long and painful task to re-instate
and re-acquire all the data we lost. Our bodies are the same. If
we back up our immune system and our body with health-full choices
it is able to protect itself from a virus that moves through the
community much like a computer can protect itself from a virus when
it has virus 'protection'. It is arrogant to think that our body
would be able to fight off dis-ease, viruses, colds and flues if
we are not giving it the tools it needs to be backed up and strong.
Like a computer our body needs to be backed up regularly, cleaned
out regularly and taken care of regularly.
- Drink water daily. For every pound
you weigh, drink one ounce of water.
- Make 50% or more of your diet fruits
- Include as many green vegetables in
your diet as possible. They tend to have high amounts of antioxidants
in them, which flush out free radical build up.
- Think "healthy". For example believe
and know you are a healthy person by knowing your immune system
is strong, fighting off everything that goes through your office
- Be active. Do anything that gets your
heart rate up on a regular basis for 20 minutes. 3-4 days a week
is a good goal to be committed to.
- Include a digestive aid after your meals.
Great choices are green tea, chai, peppermint tea, polarity tea
or nibbling on fennel seeds. All of these help with digestion
- Practice sleep hygiene. Go to bed at
a regular hour and wake up at a regular hour. "Regular" means
going to bed and waking at the same time every night and morning.
- Get outside and breathe some fresh air.
Even if it is for 3-5 minutes. Fresh is very healthy. Just go
for a brisk walk down the street and back.
Practicing these heath-full habits will
ensure your body is backed up and healthy, ready to carry you through
long days, and stressful times. Be sure to make time for yourself
and choose health first. You will be happy you did.
Natalie Forstbauer is a contributing
author to "Expert Women Who Speak, Speak Out!" Watch for Natalie's
new book coming out in 2003: "Healthfull Soulutions For The Time-Starved".
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