Whatever happened to willpower?
Reading this article this morning made me think - not just about how fast food and a mostly sedentary lifestyle makes people fat - but also about how *because* we live in an impatient society full of people who can't wait for anything and who can't tolerate anything that's the least bit inconvenient, we have to fight to keep ourselves healthy - we have to fight extra hard against the powers of inertia - of laziness.
Since Ian broke his ankle on Sunday I have started thinking lots about how lucky I am to have two functioning legs to walk on -- and how grateful I am that I have the ability to live an active life. Walking on crutches for any sort of distance looks to be a major pain and I'm sure Ian would immediately attest to that. The other day when we went to choir rehearsal on campus at Stanford, we *really* could have used a wheelchair. The trip on crutches, which otherwise would have seemed fairly short, left Ian intensely sore under his arms, with bruises and very painful-looking chaffing scars.
So, here are my questions for you -- and I've made today a controversy day so that you can say things that aren't polite if you'd like - and to excuse myself for saying un-p.c. things :-) :
1. What do you think are the primary causes of obesity in this country?
2. If you had to give advice to the nation as a whole about how to live a healthy lifestyle, what would your major points be?
3. Does it bother you when you see other people doing things that you think are unhealthy?
4. What comes to mind when you see obese people riding around in motorized wheelchairs?
5. What things (related to your health) are you most grateful for?
6. In what ways do you find you are lazy about taking care of your health?
7. What things about our modern world do you have to fight against to stay healthy?
(me - 1. the fact that unhealthy food (fast food and prepackaged food) is much cheaper than healthy food - plus the fact that most of our jobs are not walking distance from where we live; 2. walk everywhere you can and limit or eliminate your consumption of meat, alcohol, and sugar - eat more fruits and vegetables - don't drink anything but water; 3. most of the time; 4. i feel really sorry for the person and wonder what has brought them to this point in their lives - wonder if there is some illness involved or what; 5. the wholeness of my physical body, the fact that i have no really bad habits - i'm not addicted to drugs or alcohol - i like to walk and do other exercise, etc.; 6. i am prone to laziness generally, which is just bad generally in all ways. plus, i have a sweet tooth.; 7. cars, fast and pre-packaged food, etc...)