Monday, August 9, 2010

It's Like It Never Happened..

I have a massive disappointment for y'all tonight. 

Today after I came home, I actually went to the gym.  That's right, I came home, changed, walked to the apartment fitness center, did 30 minutes of intervals on the treadmill, and walked back.  I took pics of my sweaty self as proof, and showered it up.  Then, I made J a couple breakfast packets, aka potatoes, bacon, onion, pepper, sea salt, and garlic powder.  I took pictures of the whole process.  I ate dinner, laid back, grabbed the laptop and camera... and the memory card wasn't inside.  The pictures are saved on my camera, but not on the memory card and since I have no cord, I can't get them on the computer :(  I can't figure out how to save them to the card either, so I guess I'm SOL for this post.  BUT, I swear I worked out.  I'm pretty proud of myself actually, 30 minutes of intervals.  I can relax guilt-free tonight.

While I was on the down cycles of my intervals, I was reading a magazine whose health advice I actually usually respect.  Remember my Cosmo rant?  Well, this SELF magazine had a great quote inside.  It's a little long, but it really made me think about exercise, and health in general, and how I really need to get off this lazy streak and get moving, more for my health than anything else.

"On average, you replace about 1 percent of the cells in your body every day.  And each cell comes in a little stronger or a little weaker than the one before, depending on the chemical signals you send by how you live your life.  Thus, you end each day with a body that is a little bit younger or older than before- your choice.  Nutrition and emotion are key players in this process, but the most powerful change you can make is to exercise.."

I love this.  It reminds me of an article I read not too long ago, which discussed how you really are what you eat.  It talked about how your body's only source of energy to replace and repair cells is the food that is consumed.  That's it.  So if you are a person who intakes a lot of unhealthy fats, a lot of chemicals, a lot of processed foods, that's all your body has to work with.  But if you make an effort to eat whole, good, unprocessed foods, your body has all those vitamins and minerals and antioxidants to work with.  I truly think this is why people who live healthy lifestyles genuinely look better.  I'm not talking about weight at all, I'm talking about the glow of the skin, the hair, the nails.  The cells are healthier, which makes for a healthier person overall.  I can definitely tell a difference in my hair and skin since eating a more "whole foods" and organic diet.  I need to work on my shortcomings, like not exercising, and make myself get up and get out there.  I know I talk a lot about wanting to lose 20 pounds, 20 pounds, 20 pounds.  And yes, I should honestly lose this weight.  But more than weight loss, it's that I want to be a healthy person.  I don't want diabetes, heart disease, cancer.  I don't want to have to take fist fulls of pills when I'm older.  I don't want to physically age faster than what nature intends.  I know from watching family members that this means taking control NOW, right now while I'm young and can set a solid base for the rest of my life.  Not later, after a heart attack or chemo, or gastric bypass.  I don't want a "scare" to set me straight.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and mainly that's all I'm trying to do.  After all that, THEN it's about the 20 pounds.  (Which, lets be honest, if I lose it I will be a healthier person.)

Anyway, wow, that's not at all what I planned for this evening.  I guess the loss of pictures wasn't the end of the world.  I think I will sign off now and spend the rest of my evening reading the magazine and watching Criminal Minds :)  Goodnight blogworld!


Will Burke said...

It's one of those things that you know, but don't really think about until someone says it. Thanks for the reminder!

Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life said...

Great quote!

And kudos for you for working out! I believe you :)

Rachel said...

Will: I feel exactly the same way. It's something that makes total sense, but a lot of the time we don't actively think about it. It's something everyone should be aware of.

Brittany: Thanks for the support! :)