Healthy Living Update #3: 38 Days of Tech Tribing to Wholeness

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Yesterday, I had an appointment to get my hair cut. It’s one of the little luxuries I afford myself. I often tease my longtime hair stylist that she is also my therapist. One of my dear friends also sees her at the same time (she staggers our appointments so that she can work on both of us side-by-side!). My time in her salon in one of my only “regular” appointments. And it’s always a time to sit and talk for a long time about what’s happening in our lives.

So yesterday when I walked in, she said, “You look great.” In fact, I actually don’t think I did look to great–my hair was a mess from the windows-down ride Greg and I had just taken in our VW bus. My t-shirt had a spot on it and my tennis shoes were covered in dirt from our backyard project. I started to say, “I look like a mess…” but stopped myself and instead said,

“Thanks, I feel pretty great.”

How nice is that to be able to say? Indeed though, it’s true. I’m coming off of one of the best weeks in my life (spent in the company of dear friends, families from around the world, and Pope Francis). Life is busy, but manageably so. And I’m feeling strong and healthy.

Thirty-eight days ago, I announced here that I needed prayerful support around me for a major health and wellness overhaul. While I haven’t been “perfect” (or often even “good”) for each of the ensuing days, I’ve been mindful and intentional. And thanks be to God I’m beginning to feel some results. I’m resisting the scale though — I’m more concerned with behavioral and attitudinal changes that numbers. And the peace and overall strength I feel tells me that I’m moving little by little in the correct direction.

I must share that one huge “secret weapon” in my life is the support of my friends. That was underscored for me last week when I spent several days on pilgrimage with my dear friend Pat Gohn. Aware of my health considerations, Pat allowed for time to shop for healthy ingredients. She also did every bit of our cooking for the last week, even making special meals just for me. I watched as she cooked and tried to soak in some of her tips and techniques. The kitchen continues to be a major challenge for me. At the same time that she was nurturing me physically, Pat was (as she always does) feeding my soul. I can’t begin to thank her enough for all the gifts she has so richly shared with me. Suffice it to say that a week I was sort of nervous about “health-wise” turned out to be a week of major growth and learning.

At some point, perhaps I will stop “counting the days” of trying to live healthfully. For now, I feel like an addict who says, “It’s been 38 days since my last fix…” Tracking the days reminds me of the journey that’s begun, the graces God has given, but also the path that lies ahead.

Goals to work on this week:

  • Getting to the gym! While my nutritional habits are starting to come around, my workout schedule has been majorly impacted by my busyness. Time to stop making excuses.
  • Appointment with nutritionist – I’ve requested one, but it seems to be stalled in the process. I need to call the doctor this week and find out a definitive date.

A bible verse for this week: “Two are better than one: They get a good wage for their toil. If the one falls, the other will help the fallen one. But woe to the solitary person! If that one should fall, there is no other to help.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Prayer for this week: “Father, you have surrounded me with loving support. Help me this week to be more generous with my love, support and friendship for others. May I more fully reciprocate the love that is showered upon me.”

A question for you: How are you doing along your path to holiness and healthiness? Do you have good friends who can teach you, nurture you, encourage you or redirect you when you’re struggling?

Copyright 2015 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. You DO look great! I’m glad you feel great too. You really have put a lot of self-discipline into this, and it is paying off.
    And I’m just sitting here rejoicing in the fact that I lost 2 pounds when I had that stomach virus this week. Challenge: DON’T PUT IT BACK ON.

    • Barb, this is sort of the first time I’ve done something like this and not felt drawn to the scale on a daily basis. I think this whole idea that “This is the rest of my life”, not just a phase, has something to do with that. And the “self discipline” thing (aka getting obsessed with something) is just a part of my OCD personality. It’s the same thing that gets me into trouble, so seeing it work for good is a blessing.

  2. Congrats, Lisa! I am so happy for your progress! One of my struggles is I tend to spend too much time reading and researching rather than just doing … So, my goal this week is to just DO what I am supposed to do. My main focus areas are proper meals and adequate sleep. I also am praying for perseverance. I really want to get to the point where I say, “I’ve been doing this for 38 days straight!” I give in too easily to favorite foods that I really need to say goodbye to (at least for now), mainly when my family is enjoying them.

    • Sarah, I’d say start with one “baby step”. For so long when my kids were little and Greg was working weird hours, I would skip meals and then eat their leftovers (and then whatever else was around). It was a very bad habit that continued for far too long… the pain about this whole thing is that it involves being intentional and planning. I’m good with that stuff when it relates to work, but not when it relates to taking care of myself. And don’t worry about “38 days straight”. Just work on one. At a time. That’s what I’m doing… hugs.

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