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Recorded on January 21st, 2013
I’m sitting on a train right now, heading to class and thinking “you know, I should really write a post about that.” Then it dawned on my I could, thanks to the wifi and the WordPress app.
So here we go. There’s a lot of talk lately about whether someone is a “real geek/nerd” or a faker. This is all part of the exclusionist territory our culture has entered lately. To me, this community has always been about inclusion. If it isn’t, can we really call it a community?
Part of me is tempted to just say “hey, you know what? Let them have it.” Let the exclusionists have the terms geek and nerd. We’ll call ourselves something else: Decent human beings.
Recorded on August 1st, 2012
When people find out I’m trying to lose weight or restricting my diet in certain ways I inevitably hear some variation of “but you’re not fat!”
Nope. I’m not. …And I’d like to keep it that way!
I’ve always been slim. I build muscle fairly easily (for a girl) and have never really had weight fluctuations. So why is it so important to me to watch my weight and eat healthy? Well, the eating healthy part is the easy quick answer: Once you do it enough, you start to like it. When you realize that what you think your body is craving isn’t really what it’s craving, then spend time learning to interpret those cravings, you learn a lot. You learn that when you think you’re craving a candy bar, your body just wants a little sugar… which it is far better off getting from fresh fruit.
When you listen to these cravings and learn the healthy ways to interpret them, your body just feels cleaner, like it’s running more smoothly. Kind of like a sports car having the quality gasoline instead of the cheap stuff. It’s a subtle difference, but it’s definitely there. The more in tune you are with the machine, in this case your body, the more you notice the difference.
So speaking of a body being like a machine, if you don’t take care of it, it will break down. Sure, the first decades everything runs great, but the older the machine gets the more likely parts are to break down. The less smooth your ride is going to be overall.
Warning: potential emotional bits follow!
My mother’s mother passed away a few years ago. Her body just wore down so much it finally gave up. She wasn’t really that old for the current age of medicine, just barely 80. She spent the last 5 years of her life basically doing nothing. She was waiting to die. Her body had given up on her enough that she couldn’t sew or knit anymore. She couldn’t walk anymore and she definitely couldn’t drive. She just sat around and did… nothing, all day. As an aside, this gives me all sorts of guilt for not visiting her more, but really, that isn’t the point of this article and there was only ever so much I could do.
In the years since, I’ve watched my own mother’s health degrade. She’s struggled with ever increasing weight and lower energy levels. I’ve watched her becoming her mother. I don’t want that for me. I don’t want to sit in a wheel chair waiting to die. My mother, thankfully, has ceased this downward slide with her new husband (a Harley riding yoga instructor), which is great.
In recent years, my weight had slowly started to creep up and my fitness deteriorated. Not much at all, an overall increase of a pound or two a year, but when I got to weigh the most I ever had in my life, I realized I needed to take matters in hand while I still could.
Now, I’m not saying if you’re older than me that it’s too late to get in shape. Far from it! That’s exactly what my mother is finally managing to do, with the right inspiration in her life. The younger you are, though, the easier these habits are to form and hold on to. So for me, now is the time.
We all get older, but we can choose how fast.
By setting the right goals, forming the right habits, and taking care of ourselves properly, we can live longer and happier lives. This is why I watch what I eat, why I exercise, why I do whatever I can to take good care of myself. So others don’t have to when I’m older. So I can lead a long, happy, energetic life, active until I die. I love and miss my grandmother. I love my mother. I don’t want to be either of them. To answer the question posed by Nerd Fitness: This is my inspiration.