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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
September 4, 2018
One thing is for certain about my job….it is a haven for junk food. Twice a day the drink and food machines are maintained, and it has some of the most disgusting looking microwave “food” that you can possibly imagine. You have your usual ice cream staples in addition to your chocolate bars and other snacks. The chips fly off the shelves in those things. Now I am sure my work place is not too much different from most workplaces that hire a variety of people, but damn it is terrible to watch. When I see someone pull out one of the microwave burgers, it takes me back to the days when I used to intentionally “waste” certain product at the Circle K and then eat it for myself. While convenience stores have an issue with people stealing their money and making off with cashier registers worth of money, I pretty much took off with wasted hotdogs and other grill food staples. I would have to assume I was worse because I doctored reports, but dammit I was hungry and didn’t have much money and they were gonna throw it away anyway. Trust me, there is a point to this story. So anyway, Jon mentioned to me something his ex-wife ventured into, which was maintaining a vending machine. She had the idea of providing organic and healthier alternatives to the usual vending machine fare, and it seemed like a good idea since the public in general seems to be seeking out foods with specific labels attached to them. Organic and healthy was good, and therefore corporate America needed to comply! Well, the sales were slow to say the least and they did not pick up until your standard junk food staples were thrown into the mix. So yes, people will make certain demands in this world but will they stay true to them?
This is just one example who it comes to eating, for this problem is quite a prevalent one in the world we live in. I mean, all of the memes that illustrate how awful being on a diet is or why would anyone try to eat salad when you technically reason to yourself that vodka can be labeled a salad. Don’t know how that one came about, but people these days. We all have these issues in life, and saying something is much easier than it is to do something. I keep telling myself that I need to start running again, but I have gotten so used to not running that this conundrum continues to crop up and make its way into my consciousness. Eventually I am going to have to stop making excuses and do it. But damn, breaking the standard course is brutal. Either way, it has not all been weakness for me lately, for I have been trying to incorporate some workout that would put a little stress on my left arm, which most of you know has been on a reduced workload. It still bugs me from time to time, and it could be some form of tendinitis or misalignment, but until then I will have to keep the work light. That is until this past week of course. I put in quite a bit of work on the arm, and while it was a little sore come Friday, it had recovered pretty well. For weeks I have been telling myself that I need to really start away from exercise that would bother my arm, and I have been pretty true to that. However, I felt proud of myself that I actually did some snatches for the first time in a long time. You see, that is the one exercise that really aggravates my arm. But there I was on Thursday, pushing through it.
Doing something versus doing nothing is always going to be the key to your survival in the fitness game. When you seek out the best in yourself, then that capability of performing better will eventually come out. But this is the thing, you have to follow through on your promises. For me, I always had this thought in the back of my head…I will flip the switch and become healthy AF in the span of a year or two and shed this weight. Well. It wasn’t that easy. I never got off my butt until I was basically pushed through the door, and have also found out the truth in maintaining and staying true to the process. You will have setbacks and pushing forward with the foot on the gas still is important. So despite the injuries, despite the job and despite the reanimation of some of my old eating habits, I push forward. This is just me sticking to an adage I said I could do and then actually doing it.
So how will this work for you? How can you use this to your advantage? Well, we all have that little voice in our mind that pushes us to do things that seem kind of weird at the moment of conception. Some of these ideas are bad, and some of them are really good. Taking care of your body and your health is really, really good by the way. So why do you keep telling yourself that maybe you will start eating some more fruits or maybe you will start eating more veggies or maybe you will stop eating a bag of Doritos every day (a favorite of mine back in the day). Trust me, there is always going to be addiction and temptation and you will have to deal with those feelings when they come about. You think it is easy for someone like myself to stop eating some many potato chips? Lays and Doritos are constantly doing test flavors every year, and being so close to Mexico has led some the stores to stock Mexico-only flavors of the various products they sell. So yes, we have a pretty big swell of bad nutrition at my availability and while I still struggle, I still keep myself from picking out a new bag everyday and scarfing it under a haze of television and football.
I may not be the best person for this type of advice, but I can at least tell you the difference between now and what I used to be is insanely different. By doing what I said I would Ido I have changed my life exponentially and have made some strides toward living a better life. Even with some of the setbacks, I have never quit. I may not have the body I want yet but I have the consistently, which is the biggest part of the equation. I asked for some kind of intervention in my life to help me change, and six years years later I am still doing it. Heck, I asked for vegan restaurant to open near my house….and sure enough a really good one did! Now due to the fact the food is kind of densely caloric and I am now on a “eat out less” kick, I cannot really go too nuts at this place. But hey, it is there. So when you make demands for certain things and ask for changes n your life, then stick to them and move along with them. Don’t let those thoughts and ideas sit in a vending machine, gathering dust on them.
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