(850) 895-1248 Karen@RenewingYouth.com
As we get older, we notice changes in our body, such as a slowing in our metabolism, or not having as much energy as we used to have, or even some minor health issues. Sometimes the first thing we do is change the way we eat. Those hot dogs and candy bars won’t help, will they? I can’t believe that Dr Pepper and Orange Soda used to be my favorite drinks!

If we have gained a little (or a lot!) weight, we look to dieting and exercising. Personally, I’ve been on that roller coaster for the last 40 years. I’ve tried the high protein, low fat diet. I’ve done the no carb diet, too, and was that ever a nighmare! I’ve cut out sweets. I even took those over-the-counter diet pills “guaranteed to make you lose XX pounds in one week!”. Then came the detox drinks. Goodness, I’ve tried too many fad diets to even think about. And guess what, I still see the bathroom scale telling me I weight the same.

Then I exercised. I joined gyms, did aerobic classes, Zumba, running, walking, bicycling. Here’s my personal take on all of it. I found gyms dull and smelly and got bored working on the same machines looking at the same scenery & TV shows. I stuck with classes longer, but I had a hard time keeping up with the exercise instructors, including one who was great and worked our butts off but looked like she needed to lose some weight herself. Running made me ache all over. I loved walking (I still belong to a hiking group), but the next day after trudging a few miles, I could hardly move. Bicycling in moderation has become something I absolutely love to do. I struggled to keep up when I tried mountain biking so I found that nice level ground with beautiful scenery was my sweet spot. Even then I have to quit after about 10 or 12 miles when my seat becomes a torture tool.

So where am I going with this? The bottom line is this… Forget those TV commercials promising guaranteed weight loss. My go-to is moderation. I love to eat healthy, but I also love to have a few desserts every now and then. I love to relax with a good book, but I also love to get out in the fresh air and work in my garden or go for a fun bike ride with friends. I love to travel so I look at the food choices in the airports and try to choose wisely… sometimes. Keep in mind that you just have to indulge yourself. Don’t go overboard, but don’t punish yourself either. Remember, everything in moderation!

Treat yourself to a good meal and some fun. Spend time with family and friends. Take care of your health by eating the right foods. Exercise in a way that you enjoy! If you don’t like the outdoors, maybe a clean smelling gym would be just right for you. Or a personal trainer. Or walking your dog often. Or a good exercise video. I personally like Ann Smith’s “The Art of Aging”. You’ll find her on YouTube. She has been a ballet dancer all her life and in her golden years teaches a graceful and relaxing exercise program that you will most definitely feel without limping around for three days.

I hope this article helps you see that God made a masterpiece when He created you. So enjoy His artwork and make the most of what He gave you!

Please share this with your friends who are tired of all the hype and want to know it’s okay to be themselves and enjoy their lives.

Cheers, Blessings and Success to you!