I was recently at the dentist for a cleaning. The technician—who I like—asked me about flossing. I told her I didn’t. And I went on to tell her that I won’t. I’m not going to lie. I have had grand amibitions to floss, but I have learned over the years that I won’t.
She was very good about it, which is one of the reasons that I keep going to this dentist. But I was prepared if she wanted to explain to me why I had to floss. Because she is right, it would be better if I flossed. But I have been working on the following checklist to provide to people who tell me about the things I should do.
- Do you floss?
- Do you exercise three times a week?
- Do you ‘pay yourself first’, that is do you put aside a certain percentage of your income for retirement?
- Do you have an emergency fund?
- Do you get 25 to 35 grams of fiber each day?
- Do you know your glucose numbers? Especially if you are at risk for diabetis? Do you know the risk factors for diabetis?
- Do you drink a glass of red wine every day for your heart?
- For women
- do you do a monthly breast exam?
- Do you get enough calcium?
- Do you take folic acid?
- Do you eat a serving of green leafy vegetables every day?
- For men—do you do a monthly self exam?
- Do you eat five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day?
- Do you check your credit rating yearly?
- Are your spices stored over your stove? And do you throw them out when they are six months old?
- If you are fifty or older, have you had a colonoscopy?
- Do you recycle?
- Do you do both aerobic and anerobic exercise?
- Do you support the troops? I mean by doing more than buying one of those stupid ribbons to stick on your car?
- Do you vote?
- Do you research your vote? Even judges and local zoning issues?
- Are you learning a new language or otherwise doing something to decrease your chances of Alzheimers?
- Do you have your tires rotated every other oil change?
- Do you get an oil change every 3,000 to 7,000 miles?
- Do you drink eight 8oz. glasses of water every day?
There are more things I could add to the list but the point is, we're a pretty maintenance heavy culture. I will also confess, I don't do all of these things. I won't say how many I do or don't. But I miss my share.