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Camping Out

I must be getting old.  By some people’s standards, at 50, I am already old.  Little things that didn’t bother me ten years ago now get my blood boiling.  My newest pet peeve is people who ‘camp out’ on the circuit machines at my gym.  Today, it was a young lady who was more interested in her Facebook feed than her workout.   She smiled and giggled as she scrolled through the news feed while I waited for my turn on the adductor machine.  I tried the stare, the stink face, the loud sigh, and the attention-getting cough, but nothing could break her concentration once she was connected to her online friends.  Yesterday’s camper was a woman who was staring into space for long—and I mean loooong– periods of time between sets.    The men do it, too.  There are several older men who sit on the machines and chat between sets.  Get off!!  Let someone else have a turn.  At least let me ‘work in’ with you.  And yes, I have asked permission to ‘work in’ several times, only to hear, “I’m almost done.”  When I go to the gym, it’s to work out.  I leave my phone in my locker.  I’m not there to socialize, rest, scroll through Facebook, talk on the phone, or check my email.  I’m there to work, and I’d like to do it as quickly and efficiently as possible.  I’m getting older.  My body needs a lot more work than it used to.   Just let me finish my workout.  Besides, there’s a big bag of organic popcorn waiting for me in the pantry.  I need to get home!

“Tents are for Camping”–Ink Pen and Watercolor–From my sketchbook

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The Magic Bullet

In order to create, I have to feel well, so I exercise every day, eat a vegetarian diet, and practice yoga. Lately, though, I’ve been bombarded by advertisements, infomercials, and well-meaning friends who assure me they’re selling the most miraculous ‘diet’,’health’, or ‘fix-all’ product on the market.  As far as I know, there is no secret pill, shake, wrap, or drink that will result in optimum health, the perfect figure, or an incredible level of fitness.  There is, however, a magic bullet.  We all have access to it.  It’s free, it has no side effects, and it contains three simple, safe ingredients: knowledge, action, and willpower.  You want to be healthy and fit?  Stop wasting your money on hollow promises made by unethical companies and empower yourself.  Do your own research.  Eat whole foods.  Lay off the junk.  Get off the couch.  Get moving!  Your health is in your hands.  All you have to do is pull the trigger and see what that magic bullet inside of you can do.  Salute!

“The Magic Bullet”–Watercolor–from my sketchbook

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