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An average healthy day or How I becaming a healthier person

Updated on September 15, 2008

My Average Healthy Day



It is 4:30am my radio alarm goes off and the early morning show on Jacaranda FM, a local music radio show starts playing its latest tune - "no repeats from 7am to 7pm" is their slogan.. Five minutes later my Cell Phone / PDA starts bonging at me. This device is strategically placed walking distance from my bed. I have to rise to still the irritating computer generated tone.

As I am up anyway I slouch off to the bathroom to do my daily wake up pee. Trying not to make too much noise as beloved is still pretending to sleep.As I return to bed for my 30 minute 'chillout' to full wakefulness, she murmurs "softer please" meaning the radio not me! I oblige.

At 5am I open the blinds of our bedroom and peer out into the darkness. It is winter now but in summer the sun would be rising and the birds in our tiny townhouse garden would be twittering and leaping about beginning their day.

I go downstairs to our kitchen and make a pot of filter coffee, a pot of tea for later and Micro wave 240grams of Oats. The prescribed daily dose for our fibre rich, low GI breakfast.


I also take my various vitamin supplements.These are Imsyser (a form of Barleygreen), Moducare (an extract of wild potato) and MSM. I then prepare our bagged lunches. This normally consists of last nights left over supper, three fruits (normally an apple, a banana and a citrus (or a seasonal fruit or berry) a pecan and banana muffin and a small low fat yogurt.

Coffee is now taken upstairs and beloved is officially woken up with coffee (for her low fat milk and sweetener - no sugar.). My coffee is taken black.

We then discuss our day ahead.Finish our coffee. She Showers etc and I put on Gym outfit or swimming costume plus tracksuit depending on the day. Alternate days for me are swim days, while the other 3 are workout days..

I take out cars out of the garage and we breakfast together (oats with fat free yoghurt) unless either of us has an early appointment or breakfast meeting ( when the oats preparation does not take place). We arrange for our domestic for the evening meal unless we are planning to eat out.

I go to Gym , she goes to work.

The Workout

I do my workout . If swimming, I do 50 laps, various strokes ending with alternating butterfly and breaststroke. If it s my workout day, i do 20 minutes treadmill at heart rate, followed by many stomach exercises, 60 press-ups, 5 minutes steps, 10 minutes cycling and cooling off with 5 minutes on rowing machine,I shower, check heart rate and blood pressure and brave the traffic to the office. I take between 20 minutes and 1.5 hours to travel the 16km to the Office depending the level of traffic chaos. See my hub "traffic in Johannesburg" for a detailed view of this aspect of my life.

And so to work

I switch the car radio over to 702 a talk station "news and views" 24 X 7.

Listen to the days news, traffic reports, and various phone in discussions.

The news is the usual assortment, last nights crime, latest corruption scandal, Load shedding round up (see my Load shedding hub).The sport round up ( in summer we are all cricket fans and in winter it is Rugby) See my hub Hub South Ouch for more on the news issues in RSA)

I finally arrive at the office handle my mail and prepare for, and attend my various meetings.

Most days I eat the bagged lunch without taking break. some days I have lunch appointments, mostly at my club.

If I have no evening functions, I brave the traffic, stop at a coffee shop to wait out the traffic and finally proceed home..


I generally finish off the prepared meal which is normally Spaghetti Bolognese, chicken curry or stir fry depending on the day. Some days I prepare and grill whole chicken breasts. we generally have 3 vegetables (Rice, Pasta or sweet potato make up the starch component).the veggies are normally whatever is fresh in the market, zucchini (we call them baby marrows), beans and butternut with spinach, broccoli ) We rarely eat steak but sometimes eat grilled fish.

If we are eating out we will have sushi.,steak or grilled fish with veg or salads.The meat is usually 200gm or the size and thickness of your hand. White meat or fish are the size and thicknesss of your entire hand.

Close of Day

I now chill out watching TV soaps, sitcoms (I love Smallville, Grays Anatomy or Crossing Jordan), Discovery or National Geographic. Once dearly beloved arrives (she has a pressure job in an IT company) we eat, work at mails (or hub pages) read a novel (at least one a week for me).

And so to bed,

It is 4:30am my radio alarm goes off and .....


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    • Benson Yeung profile image

      Benson Yeung 

      10 years ago from Hong Kong

      thanks for sharing about your routine. impressive.

    • marisuewrites profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Hi Clive, when you return, (would that I were on a cruise, I'm so jealous!!) I'd be interested in your take on my hub "I found the Secret to Losing Weight" -- it's really about success in business during hard times, and I'd like to know your opinion about it.

      In the meantime, DON'T HAVE ANY FUN!! =0)

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      10 years ago

      You're welcome. It's quite easy. When in edit-mode, add a Links-capsule (top right, Add More Stuff, Links). When you edit that capsule, you enter the links to the hubs you want to add, click "Test link", which will add both the title and the summary of the hub and then click "Add". You do this for each hub you want to include, save the capsule and you're done :)

      There's no hurry, sixtyorso. Enjoy your cruise!

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Ananta Thanks for your advice, I would like to do that but I am not sure how. Thanks for your comments. I am slow in responding as I am on a cruise in the Med and have limited (and costly) internet access at the moment.

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      10 years ago

      Another nice peek into your life, sixtyorso.

      If I may offer you a suggestion? You refer to a number of you other hubs. Perhaps it would be convenient to collect them into a Links-capsule and place that alongside of your text *smile*

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      HI Constant thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated!

      Dottie1 thanks for your praise and encouragement.

    • Dottie1 profile image


      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks for sharing how you became a healthier person.  I loved the read and you sound very healthy in body mind and spirit!! You've got a new fan! Thumbs up.

    • Constant Walker profile image

      Constant Walker 

      10 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Great hub, Sixty. You're a smart man. Keep it up!

    • marisuewrites profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      I think you're right, sometimes the author forgets to write for her audience. She/he should stay in tuned with what we can accept in the storyline. I was upset with Dean Koontz and wrote to him...took a month but I got a reply. In his Odd Thomas Series....he killed every one we got attached to in the 2nd book. I was furious. In the 3rd one, there was no one to attach to..they were all monks and did not lend much to the storyline. His girlfriend "appeared" to him finally, but it was too late to make you feel any better. So, after doing such a good job of creating the characters for the series, he kills them off in the 2nd book (kills off the girlfriend of Odd Thomas in the first book), gives you no one to attach to in the 3rd, I had had it by then. I told him to bring back the girlfriend or give Odd Thomas the power to go beyond the grave at will...because the series was dull without characters to like.

      I told him he had forgotten his readers. I probably sounded like the goofy Number 1 fan in Misery...He promised me he'd do a good book. I have not bought the Odd Hours yet....we'll see. LOL Like he really cares what I think ha

      But, I write to everybody like I matter....I did get a personal reply from Bill Clinton when he was president and I do treasure it. For 5 min the Pres of the US knew my name. It was during the monica scandal and I asked him NOT to resign,...I didn't care who he had sex with...I said make up with your family and get back to running the country, we need you.

      I picture his aid running down the hall and saying "I found one Mr President - I found one!!" meaning one positive letter. LOL

      Anyway, it's framed and on the mother had letters from Barry Goldwater and J Edgar Hoover, and talked with John F Kennedy in a conference....but I'm the only one with a letter from the Pres. my claim to fame.

      Maybe I should write to Cornwell and ask her to go back to writing past tense -- I never buy a book written in present tense, they're just too hard to follow - my brain keeps changing the verbs. I wonder why that is? Many do it there is something to it. I find myself even writing in present tense when I tell a story and I make myself change it because readers aren't comfortable for the most part when they read it.

      well, i've taken up too much of your space here....enjoy the books!

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Hi marisue I am reading Last Man Standing right now. Well picked up on the tense thing. I just noticed that I found her a liitle difficult to read and did not know why. Also her characters have changed their personalities and have become less likeable (Book of the Dead), Maybe she is tired of hr characters.

    • marisuewrites profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Love Patricia Cornwell, but you know...I got tired of her writing style when she switched to present tense. ..."She grabs the vase and hits the glass window and says to her niece..." My brain is changing all of it to grabbed, hit, said -- as I read and it's tiresome. I loved her characters, but her first many books were written in the past tense, a much easier version for most readers, certainly me.

      Evidently she could care less what I think; as she continues to do it. LOL probly cries all the way to the bank over losing me as reader....hahaha

      I also read James Patterson, John Grisham, Dean Koontz, and Janet Evanovich -- she is very funny,your wife would probably really enjoy her.

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Hot Dorkage No unfortunately not but I certainly would not mind!

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      hot dorkage 

      10 years ago from Oregon, USA

      She doesn't exercise with you, I take it?

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated

    • mcarolyn profile image


      10 years ago from Philippines

      Keeping a healty body is very important. We all need to be resonsible enough to our health!

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you all for stopping by and commenting.

      Qlcoach I will be looking at your hubs

      Amanda laying down has it's benefits too!

      Marisue I read prolifically philosophy, crime fiction Kain Slaughter, Patricia Cornwll,

      Humour any and everything I can lay my eyes on.

      2paricias You guys semm to have it pretty well covered too.

      Uninvited writer I am travelling at the moment and try to run about 35 minutes every day, but today I missed out.

      Sweetie Pie yes the diffrences are quite nteresting. pehaps I should consider a hub on that subject at some time in the future?

      earnestshub. Pehaps my diet is more of a lifestyle change but as i am trvelling at present, here are some challenges too.

    • earnestshub profile image


      10 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      You need to be fit, that is a long day.

      I like your diet as it is not over the fence so to speak, and involves actual food.

    • SweetiePie profile image


      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I am glad you were able to get on the healthy track. By the way, I love how British English refers to swimming suits as swimming costumes, I always liked that. Thanks for the interesting hub.

    • Uninvited Writer profile image

      Susan Keeping 

      10 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Interesting hub. 4:30am ?!!! Yikes.

    • 2patricias profile image


      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      It sounds like you have got into a very good routine. We try - Pat walks, Tricia teaches (and is taught) Pilates. However, we both spend far too much time using our computers. On the plus side, we don't use much time driving. Thanks for sharing this.

    • marisuewrites profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Very interesting!!  We all have so much in common, no matter where we live, we try to stay healthy, ( you exercise so much it puts me to shame!! ) we eat, we work, we play, we vegg out, we read  -- what are your interests as far as books go? 

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      Amanda Severn 

      10 years ago from UK

      Sixty, you're a legend! Just thinking about that amount of exercise makes me want to go and lay down!

    • qlcoach profile image

      Gary Eby 

      10 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Excellent hub. Thanks for reinforcing the importance of a positive routine. It's also helpful to maintain that balance between mind, body, and spirit. Feel free to see how I try to help others in new ways too. Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist.

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Misty I hope I can still do this at 74 LOL. Thanks for stopping by and commenting

      Gwendymom I too unfortunately tempt very easily. I think this means I am easy! I dont believe that I admitted that!

      Rodney I am staying fit. I have done two 35 minute runs in Budapest (in the rain).

      Violetsun I think you make me sound like a hmpster a cage! Perhaps you are right. bit of jackelope in my blood (for you BT)

      Spryte I know I have a strange effect on some women but a health and fitness hub making you hungry? You have some strange appetites, Give my love to bunny.

      G-Ma great keep it up LOL.


      Thanks for stopping by commenting and improving my hub.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      good one...i do my dailey exercise too. 35 -40 inutes each day...rain or shine.G-ma :o) hugs

    • Just_Rodney profile image

      Rodney Fagan 

      10 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Good hub there, keep you in sahape for your travels.

    • spryte profile image


      10 years ago from Arizona, USA sure know how to make a person hungry!!  :)  I'm coming over for dinner some all sounds delicious!

    • VioletSun profile image


      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      My goodness, I need to get on the treadmill; after reading your hub, I feel like a couch potatoe. Looks like you have developed a pattern, so your mind has also been conditioned to exercise without pausing to think, should I exercise today or not? Seriously, you inspired me and I may not be as disciplined as you are, but I am getting on that treadmill I purchased a few months ago, several time a week from now on!

      Thumbs up!

    • gwendymom profile image


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      I forgot to add my favorite quote This should help you understand what I think about being healthy

      I can resist anything but temptaion.

    • gwendymom profile image


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      wow, I could never be this devoted to being healthy. Keep up the good work!

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      Cindy Lawson 

      10 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Golly, you sound as fit as my StepDad, who does 100 press ups every morning, then swims at the local beach every afternoon (in Summer), plus maintaining his huge garden, helping us at our lake and cycling on the regular basis. He is 74 now, but far fitter than my 41 year old Husband, sounds like you are too! Keep it up and you will outlive all of us :)

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      I guess for my age I am not too bad. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated

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      Jimmy the jock 

      10 years ago from Scotland

      Wow that is some workout, you must be very fit in body and mind, thanks for sharing.....jimmy


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