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By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

Well, I'll admit it right now; I don't care for my motor vehicles the way I should. My father-in-law is a mechanic, and tries his best to keep me on track, but I just don't do what I need to do, nor do I do the things I need to do when they need to be done. See, just writing about it all confuses me...

I have found that I cannot be that way with myself. If I miss a day of exercise, I feel terrible the next day. I also feel less motivated to actually do anything the next day. It is apparent that this is more of a mental barrier than a physical one (at least, that's what it appears to be in my eyes). I do not believe that one day of not exercising could adversely affect my body so much that I do not feel good the next day. However, I do believe that exercise does allow my mind an opportunity to "relax." I am under a bit of stress at work. While I do not consider myself a "worry-er" I do believe that stress affects us all. Sometimes stress can be good for us. When I need to get up in front of people to speak, a little stress helps me to focus on the task at hand, and helps me to do a better job. However, a prolonged period of stress can damage our bodies and minds. If we go back to our car analogy, it would be similar to driving your car at top speed all day every day. You cannot expect to live a stress filled life and not suffer any consequences. Exercise helps to remove some of that stress by allowing your body to have a physical outlet for the mental challenges that you face. Imagine a lake that constantly has water flowing into it from a river. If the water (stress) has no where to go, eventually the lake will fill up and overflow, and sometimes will take the levy with it!

I have also found in the past week or two that I must watch my diet constantly. When I say diet I do not mean that in the sense of "I'm on a diet to lose weight." I am speaking about my general eating habits. When I start to eat foods that are not good for me, my mind begins to regress and start desiring those foods more. Salads at lunch do not taste as good when I have just had two biscuits and gravy with a side of bacon and sausage for breakfast! I have tried to be responsible and yet reward myself for that at the same time. As an example, we have recently attended two folk music festivals with our children who have competed. I love "fair" foods. Have you ever had a deep-fried Twinkie? Trust me, they are good. What about deep fried pickles? Deep fried veggies? Are you seeing a pattern? Well, I am proud to say that I had nothing at the festivals that was deep fried, but I still allowed myself to eat foods that I love and made me feel as if I were eating from my "normal" menu. At one festival, I had part of a roasted turkey leg (and ate no skin). That's it. Then I rewarded myself with a chocolate fried pie. I know, the fried pie was not the most healthy choice, but I figured that was better than fried Oreos! At the next festival, I had a sandwich on wheat bread with no mayo (lots of calories in that stuff), a roasted ear of sweet corn (now that was tasty), and a small bowl of cobbler. Again, cobbler is not a truly healthy choice, but at least there is fruit in there, and it isn't battered and fried in grease.

You have to reward yourself for good behavior, but at the same time, try to do so responsibly. If you aren't careful, you will be back in the same boat that you were in before. Try not to deprive yourself of every food that you love, but find ways to eat healthier while still satisfying your cravings. Natural foods that taste good (remember that corn?) can help to keep you on the right track, and put your mind at ease at the same time.

Now I guess I need to go and take a look at those front brakes...



Jul 14, 2010 5:49pm
Great article! Thanks! :)
Jul 15, 2010 2:06am
Deep fried pickles? I've never heard of that. But,the deep-fried Twinkie, now that sounds yummy!
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