Sunday, March 09, 2014
You may wonder who I am, to be writing of being fit and healthy! Sometimes wisdom comes with age; and looking back over my life (I'm an old-timer) I can see the good choices as well as the bad. And like most people, I enjoy being a people watcher, you can learn a lot about life, just observing people; their choices, their mannerisms, the way they handle themselves and situations.
Even better than this would be to never have fit in those huge pants to start with.
If you started out your life enjoying these foods, you may have been able to get by several years without paying the price. Then again, I know many kids in grade school, high school and above who seem to have started out overweight, and they just added to it as they went along. Unless they are taught differently, they will continue to eat the foods they had as babies, toddlers and young children. They are not really to blame, it's good, they eat it.
But as time goes on, and these same kids are in high school and college; it is time for them to notice and learn. Not all of their classmates are overweight. These other kids are healthy and seem to have an endless supply of energy.
So now let's say we've got our education behind us, we've found a job, getting married, raising a family -- in other words, going on with our lives. Now is when you need to keep an eye on your health. Exercise becomes as important aspect of things we need to schedule in, as many jobs consist of sitting at a desk, or standing around as a salesperson. But even if you have a demanding job that involves manual labor, you still want to pay attention to nutrition and overall health maintenance. Food, and the choices you make continue to play a very important role; sometimes even more so as the demands put on our bodies are slowed down. So you could eat a bowl of ice cream every day when you were a kid -- and still not gain. Doesn't mean you will be able to do that now, or even that you should.
You're a lot smarter now. You know what's right and wrong. You know what choices you should be making. And in many cases, you are the one responsible for what goes into your children's stomach day after day. They look up to you; you need to set a good example.
Just a few examples to point out healthy vs unhealthy:
A man retires, he is looking forward to doing many of the things he has dreamed about doing when he was too busy working. Unfortunately he did not try to maintain his health and now he finds he is way overweight and tires easily. Trips wear him out and eating the rich food he has always savored now gives him heartburn and indigestion. Retirement is basically not very fun. And it's expensive because he is always going to the doctor with problems.
Another man retires. He has been very particular about the types of food he has eaten for many years now, and he devotes several hours a week to maintaining a healthy, fit body. He wants to travel and has no problem climbing mountains, going for a ride down rapids, or doing any of the adventurous things he's always wanted to try when "there was more time." He sees his doctor on a regular basis, but is free from taking any prescriptions as he has avoided many of these problems through his choice of food.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Didn't want February to get away without doing my little thing with the letters, I forget just what that is called, but I remember one of you smart people out there mentioning it. So here we go!
F - F is for the fine things we have in our lives, far exceeding those of our ancestors
E - Enthusiasm for growing healthy and full of energy
B - Being ready to exercise and eat right regardless of the weather
R - Results that are showing up give us the incentive we need and want
U - Unusual attention is actually the usual thing as lose more and more
A - Armed with a shovel, we tackle those driveways - we call it "exercise"
R - Realistic goals are the only way to go because they are 'achievable'
Y - You are the one who gains the most benefit when you live a Healthy Lifestyle
And I have 'loved' February as this month I went from 143.8 to 139.6
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I should have seen it in the mirror long ago, but I guess it's like the people who go from slim to obese without even noticing. One day you just wake up and you're FAT.
And now the same thing has crept up on me when it comes to age. Slippery little critter, and thank the stars, I do age quite well. When people my junior were telling me how they could no longer clean -- not the heavy work like running the vacuum, or scrubbing out the bath tub; I sympathized with them, but in my mind I was thinking "that will never happen to me." What does she mean? Can't run the vacuum. Or a lady a year older than me would tell me of her troubles with walking, or choose a hundred different stories -- you get the drift. If I would tell them I wasn't bothered with all that -- and I'd go on to explain I was in the middle of repainting the whole house or putting in a flagstone patio, they would just sigh and tell me my time would come. I'm sure when we hung up the phone they would curse me and my limber muscles and my strength. lol
But all laughs aside now, I finally see what they mean. I've had arthritis for years -- but it never HURT before. Now that it's started hurting I find difficulty with walking. I can no longer climb up and down ladders to paint. Maybe one day, or part of a day but not all day, continuing on for a few days. I can't even clean my entire house. Now it is one room at a time, and I feel thankful I can do that. If it was a really bad day for arthritis I probably couldn't even do one a day.
I know how this little kitty feels. I used to press 150 pounds with my feet - no more!
I've always likes this little sign. It reminds me at if I ever can't remember my old friends, well then.........we'll just be NEW FRIENDS!
Crying doesn't help at all, so we may as well laugh! By now you all know my motto of looking for the silver lining in all cloud. The silver lining in this one is that if I can't do the painting in our new home myself -- I can just boss the people around who are doing it, you know, just to make sure all the colors are just right.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Maybe I slipped up somewhere and I'm on vacation and just don't remember! I couldn't believe it when I looked at the scale today and saw *90* and while the end of last week was nice and the temps were hovering in the low to mid-80's, that's usually how it is in the Phoenix area in the winter. But 90?
I'm almost ashamed to mention the temperatures when I receive notes from friends who are out shoveling snow, trying to keep from being house-bound, and then just trying to thaw out.
Most humans don't seem to be happy with whatever the weather is doing anyway. In the summer months here, it is truthfully hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk, and that's when we head up to Yarnell with it's 5000-foot elevation. That extra elevation gives us a reduction in heat of about 15 to 20 degrees. It means that even up there in the mountains we are usually inside our homes in the afternoon, with the A/C on. But at least we can walk out to get the mail, or do some little thing even mid-day without melting down into a pool of sweat.
I know, I know, here I am talking about sweat and you're thinking if you hold still for more than 5 minutes while you're outside, you will probably be frozen to the bone and won't thaw out until spring.
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