Don’t Let Those Turkeys Get You Down



This happens to me too often; maybe it happens to you too. I'm feeling all noble and righteous because I'm doing something good for my body, then someone comes along to burst my bubble.

Yesterday it was a story on NPR about the correlation between the risk of nasty diseases and the size of my tummy. The New England Journal of Medicine says that a woman with a waist measurement over 35 inches has double the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and abnormal cholesterol levels. Yuck! I think it's 40 inches for men but I didn't hear it for sure because I was running for my sewing basket to dig out the tape measure.  My waist is 35 inches exactly! Yikes!

The same story says that you have to exercise 60 minutes to lose weight. That is so discouraging to me. It's really hard for me to find just 30 minutes. This is where I need to talk myself down.

Exercise is good even if it's ten minutes a day which is better than no minutes a day. I may not be losing weight but I'm improving vascular efficiency, oxygenating my blood (good for my brain), kicking up my metabolism and toning my muscles which will reduce my waist size.

There, I feel better.

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