Fat, fat, fat. That is what is hanging around my belly. A big roll of fat. It oozes over the tops of my jeans, peeking out from under any blouse that does not hang down well past my ample behind. My husband doesn’t have the same spare tire roll. Rather, he has the cuddly little paunch that goes before him announcing his arrival.
So often we moms get all the credit for kids who grow up to become wonderful people. Today, I would like to consider the dad part of the parenting formula, in particular, the father of my children.
My first thoughts are memories of how nervous he was throughout my first pregnancy. He would channel all of his nervous energy to setting up the nursery. He would paint walls and painstakingly paint and detail the trim. He would immerse himself in his music and assemble cribs, bassinets and all sorts of baby gadgets.
I have anxiety issues. I confess I am a stereo-typical, high strung, creative type. I seem to be filled with an overabundance of nervous energy. The best way for me to manage this excess energy in a positive way, is to channel it into an activity that will trigger the release of endorphins and dopamines and serotonin. This goes a long way to avoiding a full fledged anxiety attack when the pressure of a stressful situation is staring me in the face.
As my husband and I grow older, we attempt to age gracefully. One method we practice is healthy eating. It has recently been brought to my attention as I slathered mayonnaise on my sandwich that I really should be paying more attention to the effect condiments may be having on my health. “Condiments?” I asked, incredulously. I mean, seriously, we’re only talking about a tablespoon here or a tablespoon there of this or that. Is it really that important? Well, after I became a little more informed I discovered that, yes, it is really that important.
To keep fit I do a tiny bit of weight lifting coupled with lots of time on my indoor exercise bike. Although I enjoy the benefits of strength training and a vigorous cardio workout, it wasn’t until I began to integrate some Yoga poses that I really felt my exercise program was complete.