"Duo at the Cape"
12" x 12" Oil Painting
Mother's Day is just around the corner. As children everywhere are trying to find that perfect give for their mothers, I have been focusing on the best gift to give my three sons. (Ok, to be honest I was scrambling earlier today trying to find the perfect gift for my mom. So now that I found and bought a great gift, I can think about my boys.)
Most mothers give back every day to their children. We love them unconditionally, support them, nag them, encourage them and serve as their "rock". Our children know we are always there and will drop everything in a second if they need us. I mean that's what mothers do.
But this year I decided it was time to give my boys a really important gift for Mother's Day. I decided it was time for their mother (that's me) to take better care of herself and get REALLY healthy. No more taking care of everybody else while making excuses as to why I wasn't taking better care of myself.
My quest started with the book titled "Younger Next Year". (There is a version for men and women so make sure you get the right one.) This is a book of hope, a guide to aging without fear or anxiety. This is the book that can show us how to turn back our biological clocks—how to put off 70% of the normal problems of aging (weakness, sore joints, bad balance) and eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury. The key to the program is found in these rules: Exercise six days a week. Don't eat crap. Connect and commit to others. Pretty simple.
There are seven rules all together, based on the latest findings in cell physiology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and experimental psychology. Dr. Lodge explains how and why they work—and Chris Crowley, who is living proof of their effectiveness (skiing better today, for example, than he did twenty years ago), gives the just-as-essential motivation. Both men and women can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, then continue to live with newfound vitality and pleasure deep into our 80s and beyond. Get this book!
I also have been very focused on eating healthy and thanks to an amazing weight loss program I have lost 35 lbs. in ten weeks. It happened so fast that I am afraid I am going to wake up one morning only to find these last two months were just a dream. I threw away a ton of clothes (that are two sizes too big) and can't believe how great I feel. Tons of exercise and eating right has been an amazing experience.
So what is 12,800? It the number of steps I took today, according to my apple watch. That's a good number for me as my daily goal is 10.000. The funny part? It's almost time to do it all over again tomorrow. And every day after that. And that doesn't bother me a bit.
This one is for you boys. I love you with all of my heart.
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