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You Have to See This.

I know, making up for lost time on my blog, right? But I’m reading stuff on the internet and when something is too good to pass up, I gotta go for it. I saw this article on unretouched stars, and I had to draw your attention to it. WARNING- it does have risque pictures. You know I’m all about being all you can be, being as fit, strong and healthy as possible. What you see in magazines is not that. NO ONE is that perfect, thin, whatever, and to hold that up as an ideal to try to live up to is ridiculous and counter productive. While I will never publish provocative or scantily clad photos of myself, I am very fit. Guess what? Really strong abs do NOT equal a skinny waist. Very strong obliques lead to lines over your hips and in your mid section that would get airbrushed out if I was posing for one of those shoots. Very low body fat means less chestage, meaning most of these skinny girls with big cleavage have been digitally or physically enhanced. I would rather see fit people as the ideal, rather than skinny. I read an article from someone working for Men’s Health, and he said that some of the men’s fitness models weren’t really strong, as a lot of them starved themselves to get those “ripped abs”.

Please people, NONE of us will look all that hot at 70, however, how healthy you lived your life will determine a large part of the quality of life you have at that age. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. The person who wins the marathon is the one who prepared for the long haul. Live your life for the quality of it, not the look. Paul, in the book of Corinthians says:

1Co 9:24 ¶ Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
26 Well, I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the air;
27 but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Too busy to eat? That may be why you are gaining weight.

I just ran into two articles that made an interesting point. If we don’t pay attention to what we are eating, we eat more. Both articles are from Men’s Health online magazine. The first cites several studies that show many factors that distract you from your food cause you to eat more. Dim light, paying attention to the tv, video games or  reading while you eat all caused people to underestimate the amount they ate, and to snack more later. The second article focused on “foodies” and why was it that people who focused so much on eating aren’t necessarily fat.  Again what they found was that paying attention to your food, savoring every mouthful, keeps you feeling full longer, you eat less and enjoy it more.

Remember, being healthy doesn’t mean we are war with food. Junk food yes, but if you ever tried to savor a Twinkie, that’s when you notice all the chemical taste and the greasy feeling it leaves on your tongue. Good food however….I know I keep going on about the curried chicken I made, but talk about trying to make a meal last! Or the sushi crab salad. Tonight is Chiavetta’s chicken. I know my daughter is drooling. I don’t think they have Chiavetta’s where she is. Eat healthy and ENJOY it. Make it last. Your body will thank you.

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