February... a time to give up on those New Year's
resolutions we make every year but don't keep.
Every year I make the same ones, to drink more
water every day and eat more fruits and
But then the diet colas and coffee call out to
me, as does all that candy. No, a carrot stick
isn't the same kind of sweet as a candy bar. I
won't fall for that. I love sugar.
I'm doing better about drinking water as long as
I work out, it just becomes a natural craving after
exercise. An apple before and banana after (or the
other way around) seems to be satisfying, although
not nearly so much as chocolate.
I've got one of those virtual trainer things
with the balance board, where it's kind of like a
game to work out.
It's an alternative to going to the gym on the
days I don't feel like driving in traffic. I'd
recommend it for almost anybody except maybe
advanced bodybuilders and athletes who wouldn't
find it a challenge at all. It's teaching me yoga.
If only I could balance myself so I don't have to
hold on to a chair, but that's improving a
Kids need more exercise than they usually get.
Video games make it easy to sit around and exercise
nothing but thumbs.
Now there are games that can get people out of
the chair and up jumping around and swinging their
arms. Get those for the kids! It might help burn
off some of the calories from the colas, nachos and
nutty-bars that are served for school lunches. I
wish they had invented this when my kids were
young. Today after lunges and knee-bends I tried a
game where you crazily flap your wings to fly like
a bird... just like in all those flying dreams! I'm
sure it looked ridiculous. My dogs gave me some
really strange looks.
Of course outdoor play is the best... but when
that's not possible there's always virtual
snowboarding in the living room.
©2012, Mary Lou
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Mary Lou St.
Lucas is a former stay-at-home mom who has
participated in custody and divorce-related support
groups. She often speaks out through impassioned
letters to local newspapers regarding issues
affecting quality of life for children and
families. She has experienced divorce, including
the heartbreaking decision to give up daily contact
with her two sons for what she believed was their
best interest at that time, as well as the societal
stigma attached to being a non-custodial mother.
She emphasizes the importance of kids having BOTH
parents in their lives on a regular basis, even if
the parents cannot or will not be married anymore.
She hopes other parents will see that there may be
alternatives to the standard custody arrangements,
depending on the individual situation. She writes
from her perspective of today instead of revisiting
and dwelling on the painful emotions of her past.
She strives to live a full life in spite of a
recent diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and believes a
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