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Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)
TITLE: Healthy Living
By Marie McKay
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According to the CBS news February 19th, South Beach came out on top but a year ago Atkins was at the top. Maybe it depends on how serious the participants are about losing weight for fitness sake or if the participants just enjoy competing.
Through the years, I tried most everything that sounded like it would help me lose weight or at least keep me from gaining. For me, I think it was more for fitness sake because it was easy to look at my family history of weight, at least on my mother’s side of the family, and decide I needed to be on top of the weight issue. It wasn’t quite as hard when I was raising three sons. I was always serious about preparing healthy meals for my family and the energy I used in taking care of the house, etc. kept me from gaining. I even enjoyed playing ball with my boys and their friends. However, I always wanted to be smaller than I was destined to be.
Now in my mature years, it is harder to maintain my weight and I had added a few pounds until a few years ago. Most days I do great but it’s the holidays and birthdays (and they seem to come often since I am now a grandmother) that get me off track. However, it did take a good diet to get me stabilized. A doctor recommended the South Beach Diet and even though I did not follow it quite as strictly the first two weeks, I still lost six pounds during those weeks and that gave me the encouragement to keep going. In a way, maybe winning is as important in dieting as winning is in sports. Sort of makes dieting a sport.
God gave me only one body and even though it is not the size and shape I would prefer, it is the only one I have and it is my responsibility to take care of it. I can do that in two ways - diet and exercise. I like to win in this game of controlling my weight so maybe it is like a sport. But I also believe in living a healthy lifestyle so the diet I choose is also a fitness issue.
Thinking of exercise as a sport makes it more fun than thinking, “I must do this for fitness sake.” However, at 79, it is very important to me to live a good healthy life so I vote for sport and fitness. I believe that is what God expects me to do since my body is an important part of His creation.
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