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The Weekly Habit: The Embarassing Habit Not Yet Had

So I didn’t swim once over the past week — no time or energy. BUT I did walk a few times and that was pleasant, except when it came to walking back up our huge hill under the hot sun on a full stomach. I started feeling a little fainty, and CH had to go get the car and come get me. I’m slowly learning to be patient with myself, but I’m really missing not being strong. I loved being physically strong and I think it’s always been one of my best assets, so actually accepting that I can’t do certain things that I want to do is a bit of a hard row to hoe, but I’m working on accepting to stuff I can’t change and blah, blah, blah.

This week, I’ve decided to tackle a habit that I’m a bit embarrassed about not having already acquired. Of course I know that you’re supposed to floss. My dentists throughout life have told me to do so on several occasions, and I’ve always wanted to be one of those super-responsible people with impeccable dental hygiene.

To be fair, it’s kind of hard to take all of my dentists’ dire warnings seriously as I come from a family with excellent teeth. My mother never flossed and she went to her grave only ever having had one cavity, which she didn’t even get until her early 40’s. I’ve actually had two cavities so far in my life, but neither of them have been so alarming as to necessitate adding an whole minute or two to my night routine.

However, my husband isn’t so genetically blessed in the teeth department. He and his dentist see each other 3 or 4 times a year, sometimes more in order to keep his teeth pearly and cavity-free. So really we should go ahead and teach our future kids terrific dental hygiene from the get-go, and it’s kind of hard to make a kid floss his teeth if you aren’t. So I’m going to try to be (less of) a hypocrite and finally pick up this flossing habit. Wish me luck and let me know how you managed to successfully acquire your flossing habits. I could use the advice.