I don’t think you’re ready for this
jelly post. Just the normal randomness that is Thinking Out Loud Thursday.
First, in last week’s post about lessons from not exercising I mentioned I had some thoughts from a different perspective. Well, the day I wrote that post we had a discussion in my women and gender studies class about health in America, particularly women’s health. FYI I don’t like getting all technical and won’t dive too deep into this since I’m not a professional and it’s a sensitive topic. My professor noted that 80% of Americans DON’T get the recommended amount and type of exercise (cardio and strength) per week. Additionally, 60% of Americans are overweight or obese. I’m well aware that there are many factors that contribute to obesity and lack of exercise is just one of them. I knew this information before but, even now, it still doesn’t seem real to me. Actually, I feel like I know more people with the opposite problem (too much exercise/obsession with weight…both are just as serious).
I believe my “lack of awareness” is completely a sign of where I was raised, how I was raised, and the fact that I was born into a “financially stable” family. But just because obesity and relating health issues aren’t in my daily life doesn’t mean they don’t exist. They obviously do.
Here’s where I’m conflicted: what is the “right” message to send?! Not for me, per say, but in general. There are so many people who over exercise but there are so many people who under exercise. Both groups require different care and concern. Both can be life threatening. But a happy medium exists! You don’t have to run a marathon or sit on the couch all day (although I can claim I do both sometimes). There is a middle ground that we can all strive for. Walking counts, skipping counts, anything that gets you moving counts. This discussion was just a reminder to me that everyone goes through different challenges in life and you have to give yourself what YOU need, regardless of what it seems everyone else is doing.
On a COMPLETELY different note, I woke up yesterday to a broken microwave in my apartment. I might have mentioned this before but I rely on the microwave for everything. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. As I didn’t have any breakfast food besides instant oatmeal I thought I was being all smart and responsible by boiling water to pour over my oats. Fail. After a lackluster and unsatisfying two bowls of oatmeal I declared a breakfast do-over. As in, those bowls didn’t count. Why I had two (like the second would be better?) is beyond me. So I did what I do best and went out to get a smoothie. Problem solved.
I then bought rolled oats to make overnight oats and cook on the stove top, plus a few other breakfasty items to get me through until the microwave gets fixed. I also ventured into reheating my food in the oven. I honestly never thought of that. But as my mom said, when life takes away your microwave, figure out how to use the oven. It’s a stretch of a statement but I’ll make it work…