New Year – Body Control

Hello again – glad you’re still with me for week three of my New Year blog posts.  This week I felt like I should talk about taking care of our bodies and keeping them under control.  The trouble is, I have no expertise in this area.  If I wasn’t so new at blogging and had more connections, this would definitely be a time I would have a ‘guest blogger’ take over.  I could learn a lot myself!  Instead of telling you what I’m doing to help my body, let me tell you what I should be doing.

I should be exercising.  During the warmer months, I definitely am better at this.  The trouble is, it is incidental exercise.  My husband and I enjoy bicycling and hiking in parks.  We like to walk around the nearby neighborhoods.  We are having fun doing the activity and exercise is just a by-product.  The trouble comes in when it is too hot, too cold, rainy, or icy.  Then we don’t get outside.  If I were more dedicated to movement for its own sake, I would find a way.  We have a treadmill in the basement, but I have come up with countless excuses why I don’t want to use it – the basement isn’t finished, I have no secure way to keep my iPad in place to distract me, I have almost fallen off multiple times….You get the picture and while you’re getting it, imagine an out-of-shape middle aged woman sitting on her comfy couch motionless (unless you count the hand to mouth movement)!  I must say that it did help when I listened to downloaded podcasts/Ted Talks while I was walking.  If the subject didn’t keep me distracted, balancing my iPad did.  If the topic was too interesting, I’d find myself slowing down until I was in danger of catapulting off the end.  Last year I tried walking outside even when it was icy by using crampons on my shoes.  This is a test of faith when your mind is telling you, “Don’t go there.  You’ll slip!” and you know your metal spikes should hold you upright.

Besides output, I need to be better about my intake.  I seriously believe I am addicted to sugar.  I regularly crave it and will do practically anything to satisfy the urge.  I have even been known to eat the sugar packets that hotel rooms provide for their coffee makers!  I have proof that I could eliminate optional sweets from my diet because a few years back I removed them and continued to avoid them for more than a year.  I found that the cravings were intense for three or four weeks, but after awhile I just seemed to forget how yummy they tasted.  I had a friend who drastically changed her diet after she was found to be diabetic.  She said that her perception of sweetness was no longer corrupted by the intense tingle of sucrose.  She discovered that fruit was much sweeter than she ever remembered.

God has given me one body.  He made me perfectly and supplied all my real needs.  To not maintain my body or to look for fulfillment outside of what I really need to live, is to have contempt for the good He has given me.  I can’t be disgusted with the Israelites when they whined over the manna that God provided and demanded He supplement it with meat.

As you can see, this has been a short post today.  I’m sure I could come up with more ways that I should be caring for my body, but this is scathing enough for now.  Feel free to write a comment and let me know what you have found that has helped you kick the sugar habit, put purposeful movement in your day, or maybe helped take care of your body in other ways.

Until next time,

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