I’ve written here before about my efforts to lose weight. Even given that I should lose 20 lbs or more, I’m still pretty healthy. I exercise twice a week at my daughter’s Pilates studio. And that works my mind, body, and spirit. I love Pilates. It’s helping me keep my 5’2’’ in height! I walk 10 thousand steps a day, more days of the week than not. (last week I missed it on two days, that was unusual.)
To get those 10 K steps, I go to Walmart and walk there. Walking Charley morning and evening and regular around the house & errand stuff won’t get it.
Like many of you, I sit in front of a computer for hours. My FitBit beeps at me when I need to get up and move, but I mostly ignore that and count on getting a bunch of steps at one time.
(Humm. That’s a lot like my writing. I like to do big bunches of words at one time, rather than taking advantage of short time periods to write.)
My Pilates daughter has a paddle board and I envied her the smoothness and the calmness of that activity. I can’t stand up on the thing because I have trouble kneeling, but I found I could sit on it. And so I did. It was fun and calming.
So, then I decided I had to have a kayak. I couldn’t decide whether to get one you sit down into or one more on top like the paddle board. I tried several in the store. Ultimately going with the least expensive which put me more down inside, but not with the top up around my waist. That would make me crazy. I’ve just had it a week and have thoroughly enjoyed paddling around our boat house and past the neighbors on both sides. Not very adventuresome yet. 😊 Talk about great exercise! I expect I may develop Popeye arms! (Does everyone know who that is?)
Besides exercising, Bob and I try to eat healthy. Fort Worth is a Blue Zones city, and we get lots of information from them about how to be healthy. For instance, eating certain foods daily can help prevent Cancer. (Or not, but you know it can’t hurt.) Those are called G-BOMBS. That stands for Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berries, and Seeds. Pretty easy to do and tastes good too.
You may be wondering why I chose this topic. Walking in Walmart, I see lots of overweight people. Recently, I’ve heard several sad stories about people with Alzheimer’s, brain cancer, or being hit by a car. You know bad stuff. I’m blessed, and I know it. Bob and I are in our early 70s. At some point, we’ll die. In the meantime, I want to try to live as healthy a life as I can for as long as I can. It’s all about choices. No one forced me to eat a 450-calorie oatmeal cookie from Sprouts the other day. But oh, my goodness it was yummy!
So it’s salads for us tonight.
None of my characters in my books are overweight. They may talk about watching what they eat or exercising, but they look good. I remember reading a book about an overweight character. I empathized with her, but not to the point I wanted to read more books about her. Because my books are inter-generational, my main characters’ parents sometimes struggle with health issues. In my WIP, ACT OF SURVIVAL, the heroine has almost developed an eating disorder because of her husband’s psychological abuse. Do topics of health/weight show up in your writings? What kinds of things do you do to stay healthy? Love to hear from you.
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