Saturday, July 20, 2013

I Only Have One Life To Live And It Will Include French Fries

The older I get, the more I realize life isn’t going to get easier for me. 

When I was young, I was stick thin and had super fast metabolism. I could eat a whole bag of chips and not worry about the consequences. Now in my early 40’s, it’s not that way anymore. I’m beginning to understand more and more how that ice cream can sit on my waistline.

I may not be vastly overweight, but I’m not super healthy either. I love salads but just as greatly, I love pizza. And I partake. Often.

Where is that balance of healthy yet relaxed? How can we truly enjoy today without dreading about the consequences of tomorrow?

I’m struggling. I’m struggling to stretch and work out and truly eat better. But in the process, I refuse to quit living. If I focus so much on every bite I put into my mouth, to me, that is just as bad as overeating. It becomes a priority that outweighs common sense.

I want to have low cholesterol. I want to be fit so I don’t have a bunch of health issues. But I also want to enjoy the only life I’ve been given.

So I will eat French fries. And I will eat pizza. But I will eliminate or reduce foods when I can and when I feel I can do so in a productive way for my life that doesn’t rule it. I hardly drink soda anymore and that has been a positive change for me. I want to make more actions steps like that, but feel free to drink a Dr. Pepper once in a great while without feeling guilty about it.

I want to be fit. I want to tone my arms and legs and walk more often. But I also don’t want to be militaristic about it. I’m not going to punish myself if I don’t exercise today. I’ll just try again tomorrow.

I do want to look good. I want to feel good. But I also want to LIVE good. I want my mind and heart to be at ease and at home to say yes or no. Not because they have to but because they choose to – for the love of life and living and having an experience.

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