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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
April 9, 2017
From time to time, I have to take a step back on the blog and not make it about myself. In a lot of ways, I really appreciate this journey that has allowed me to make such massive changes in my life. On the other hand, there are some days where I feel I reveal too much of my fears, paint and issues. I recently reread a testimonial that I gave to a friend in Denver about body image and it made me cringe. Man…I had some really deep rooted stuff rattling around in my head. I think the fact I have aimlessly wandered the last couple years, trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and what not has allowed some pent-up stuff to hide inside of me. I think one thing is for sure, that particular testimonial really put the final seed in my head to actually go through my regimented eating system, (which by the way, the first week was a success!). I know from time to time, this thing becomes a little too much about me, and often times we have to focus on some other things in life. I mean, these are some interesting times we live in, where a shrill news “commentator” that put down a football player for exercising his freedom of speech is now complaining and using legal action because her boss who didn’t like her expression of free speech. Karma is a bitch! (even though I really don’t believe in karma) Then we have the feigned horror of the chemical attacks in Syria, conveniently being focused on during a key Supreme Court nomination and massive ethics investigations. But hey, the NCAA championship was fun, Russell Westbrook might be the first man in 56 years to average a triple double, baseball started, people are angry about a bad Pepsi commercial with Kendall Jenner and Tony Romo is doing something and I’m sure some celebrity has made a fool of themselves recently…I don’t know I don’t follow the “news” too much anymore. So much for the informed masses. Either way, let’s get back into the whole health and fitness thing that I should be talking about.
Right now, the whole idea of health in this country just continues to take a back seat. I mean, you hear plenty of nonsense about which form of health care bill will continue to shape our country, but you never hear anything about making health more affordable. Our health care system is a pretty big mess, from the day a student talked the MCAT to the day they actually become a doctor. I mean, they start off in massive debt because med school is expensive as hell, which means said doctor will be compelled to take money from pill companies to supplement their income and overprescribe drugs. And then the public gets used to the high prices, which then the public will feign disbelief when the price of drugs continue to go up. Remember the EpiPen fiasco? Well, they are still steep in cost, costing somewhere in the neighborhood of 330 dollars for a name brand and 147 for a generic in regards to more accessible types. People went so apeshit about the hike from 200 to 600 dollars, that it played out the way I thought it would. Now the compromised cost is reasonable to most people because it is only a 130 dollar hike as opposed to 400. If you can believe it, the same product costed 33 dollars 10 years ago and only 75 dollars some three years ago. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-04-epipen-out-of-pocket-decade.html Seriously, who didn’t see this nonsense coming. Think about GW Bush’s administration, where the gas reached nearly four bucks a gallon after being somewhere near 1.25 or so. Now we are used to the compromised two dollars and change gas. I wouldn’t be surprised if a feigned oil shortage will take us again and the price will hike up astronomically, meaning someday we might compromise with three dollar a gallon gas.
Yeah, I am pretty ornery today, and this always leads to the final summation. Please take care of yourself and never give up. I could have gone back into a depressive state about my body and my self worth but once again, I am trying to get myself back on track. Fellow Parsons Training denizen Jim Porter is also a pretty big inspiration to me as well. The guy has a bad shoulder but he is still working out and still going to yoga. It keeps illustrating the fundamental idea that you should always find a way and keep going with your fitness. Unlike the movie industry, where we are getting an endless stream of bullshit sequels and franchises (tis the horrible summer season being upon us!!), we can keep improving as we keep moving along. While summer is a horrible time movie wise for me, I hope to still find some good titles that somewhat interest me, movies like “The Void” and “Valerian” being the future titles I am looking forward to. Until then, I will keep taking advantage of some of the cool movies that are getting rereleases.
Anyway, back to the health and fitness message I am trying to promote here. I too am experiencing some problems with my fitness, and I have to keep up the good fight. My sitting is absolutely wrecking my body, and it has left me barely able to run a couple miles at a time. Of course, I need to be more frequent in my schedule, but when you feel so sore and tight, you really don’t want to do too much. But I have to take a piece of my own advice. This past Friday—I’m sure unbeknownst to a whole lot of people—was World Health Day. This also the time of month here in Tucson where a lot of organizations are doing their fundraisers and celebratory “walks.” I know for a fact that one weekend there is a Lupus Walk and the annual Tucson Heart Walk (which I will be running once again) the next weekend. Like I said, the Heart Walk always gets me because that was where the epiphany that changed my life occurred. Anyway, I feel I have taken some steps to improve my life recently, with the first being the change in my eating habits and the second being my indoctrination within the yoga world. I say that in a good way, because I really needed it yesterday. I was hungry and upset from a day full of angry people. I mean, I actually hung up on a guy that was verbally berating me, and I figured that would be better than trying to tell him through the “fucks” and “you are a fucking idiot” insults that he was technically wrong and was truly behind on his account…because he was a deadbeat idiot that can’t pay his bill on time. That felt good to let out by the way. But anyway, yoga and mediation that night under the tutelage of my yogi in training Rhue Grandl really helped out. She showed us the Sun Salutation series and it was quite relaxing to try something new. While it may sound rather new age of me to say this, but I truly believe guided meditation is something more people should take advantage of. I mean, I was tired, hungry, pissed off, had my glasses busted earlier in the week (to no fault of my own at the Social Distortion concert) and still had this blog to write, but as I do this, I feel much more calm and free. Maybe you should try meditation and yoga as well. http://food.ndtv.com/health/world-health-day-beat-depression-with-yogic-breathing-and-meditation-1678679 Of course, tomorrow is a new day and it helps to listen to moody bands like Sigur Ros and Agnes Obel, but I feel really good right now. Even when Rhue moves out of town in a couple months, I will definitely seek out an actual yoga studio (gulp!!) I will definitely need some help with finding a studio that is not too pretentious about having overweight individuals such as myself in the mix.
Anyway, meditation may not be your cup of tea, but trust me, finding something that makes you feel better about your health will definitely be worth it. Recently, the idea of mental health has been coming more and more talked about subject in the United States. While you will have those that keep saying stupid jock themed lines like “sack up” or “grow a pair,” those same people most likely have some deep rooted insecurity they feel too afraid to mention. Within the last couple years, people are actually talking about food addiction (though the conversation has been stunted lately). I found it pretty interesting that NBA player Stephen Curry did a commercial that wasn’t selling some crappy sneaker or some sports drink, but rather promoting mental health awareness. It was an unusual step for a major sports athlete, especially in a sport where being cool and conformist will make the difference in a 50 million contract and 100 million dollar contract.
These days I find it hard to find good studies and news about health and what not. So much of the new stuff is the reiteration of the old, which I guess it is ironic considering I am spewing out the same message that I have partake in quite a few times. If you truly want to be healthy, you have to do things that will keep you healthy. Every year, we get a new study that states we need to get plenty of sleep for our bodies to regenerate. Like clockwork, a new study came out this past week indicating the true benefits of such a belief. And like always, there is some new study about the benefits of marijuana that are getting passed around like a…you know…doobie (whatever, just legalize it already because we know the champions of this movement are people that want to get stoned publicly, not the sick people they are supposedly speaking for…yup, straight fire!! Maybe I should work for The Blaze now that they have an opening…but then again I would never degrade myself to such a “news” outlet). We also have some more studies that keep saying multi-vitamins are still not helpful in regards to men’s heart health (especially since we just encourage men to be “men” and eat like crap), rich people continue to live longer than poor people and the obligatory yearly report about what fitness trend will be the big one this year in addition to which app will be the best one for you to use in your fitness journey. And of course, it becomes even more challenging when third tier websites and major websites each keep pitching shade at studies that are being promoted out in the world (I’m pointing my finger at you Mercola and David Wolfe!)
Anyway, where do you end on such a random stream of thought that is as dense and diverse as your own health. Frankly, it is the most difficult subject to talk about, because so many have been influenced by the supposed health effects of just about everything, for you see videos out there that keep proclaiming kale is bad for you and excessive amounts of butter in your coffee is good for you. When you really analyze the situation, it will always come down to your life and your preference. I mean, I was rather surprised bosom of my coworkers yesterday when they got some caramel candies at work and then didn’t eat. Despite some of them drinking caramel flavored coffee from Starbucks, they didn’t really want the actual caramel. I scratched my head about this one, but then again how can I really judge. I am the weird one at work considering no one will be compelled to steal my food (yes, this is a thing at my job right now…people stealing other people’s lunches) simply because of the salads and fruits I have been eating. Now that is a weird one in my mind. You are willing steal two day old pizza or cold Taco Bell, but not steal food that might actually make you feel better. Oh well, I jus another thing to ponder about soon enough.
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