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.
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.
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.
My children are definitely indicative of the new generation known as the Millennials. I have two sons and two daughters so I get a pretty balanced perspective as I observe them navigate their way into adulthood. Their ideas on education, politics, careers, family, friends, marriage and parenthood have their own unique qualities distinct from my own generation, the Generations X’ers.
I never really considered my husband a workaholic until I realized that he works about sixty hours weekly and, according to recent news, if a person works more than fifty-five hours weekly they have a much higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack. My husband does not work these hours because he enjoys his job so much. It is very important to him to be the main provider in the household and, with two kids in college and another who will be ready in a couple of years, he is driven to provide for his family. The hours he puts in at work are a badge of honor to his integrity and commitment to care for his family.