March 31, 2010


Yesterday while flipping stations in my car I came to Oprah Radio on XM and heard a phrase that really struck me. I don't know who said it, or what it was in reference to, but what I heard was something to the effect of "We tend to our homes, our gardens, our's time we tend to ourselves". I'm getting the quote wrong, I know, but that was the gist. That we spend so much time decorating our house, cleaning it, getting the car washed, finding the right shade of lipstick. I myself would never think of missing an appointment at the hair salon to cover my grays. But we don't tend to the most important parts of ourselves: diet, exercise, relaxation, fun, etc.

With that in mind, and also with my post a few days ago about being a caffeine addict, I am committed to reducing my caffeine intake! Yesterday I went to the grocery store and did not pick up my usual two 12-packs of Diet Coke. I will not have it in the house, starting yesterday. If I'm out, at a friend's house or a restaurant, and want it, then of course I will have some. But I will not ingest that stuff in my house. Of course, as I sit here typing I have a freshly brewed cup of coffee sitting next to me, but one step at a time.

I think overall I have a healthy lifestyle--been vegetarian for 8 years, am exercising more and more and in fact am training for another half-marathon---but I can certainly reduce the soda. Next will be to cut back the coffee...and the third (and final) step in my diet renovation will be to reduce the amount of junk food I eat (way too many cookies).

Thanks for all your support! I need to treat my inside (bones and heart especially) as well as I treat my outside.


  1. It's so true, we spend so much time tending to everything other than our own core health. I think you're taking smart steps to tackling this problem and your health will truly benefit along the way.

  2. Very often moms...hell, women, tend to everyone else before themselves. You see it all the time...I like to refer it as "letting yourself go". Getting fat, not doing things they used to enjoy, putting all of their focus on the family. I think that is a total crime! Because in a way we are actually hurting the ones we are putting so much focus and attention on because if we are not keeping ourselves healthy. I am glad you have taken this little step as it makes a big difference. Very proud of you.


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