Under the Weight
Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions right? A commitment to eat right, to work out more, to lose weight, are just a few of the things people tell themselves they’d like to accomplish in a new year. Weight loss is a biggie. Losing weight for some people can be a real chore, as the weight comes off very slowly, many get frustrated with the process and the denial of food, and usually cave in by May! I know for me, if I just eat less, that works for me. I can usually eat the same things I always eat, just cut down by about a third. Small changes like that can be very helpful in the war on our being over-weight.
Last week we had our first snow fall in a long time, since 2004 actually, and snow in this neck of the woods just isn’t normal. We live in the desert of Southern California where rain is scarce, let alone snow! On our property we received 5-6 inches of fresh lovely snow that blanketed everything beautifully. . . and snapped branches off most of our trees.
Can you see where I’m going with this? The weight of all that snow caused damage, just like the excess weight on our bodies. Now obviously our limbs aren’t snapping off, but let’s take a look at what this could mean for us; Did you know that for each pound of weight we lose, means 3 pounds of pressure is relieved off our knees and 6 pounds of pressure is relieved off our hips? If we could commit to losing just 10 pounds, that would mean we relieve ourselves of 30 lbs of pressure off our knees and 60 lbs of pressure off our hips! Our feet are rarely thought of when it comes to carrying excess weight. Gout, diabetes, and vascular issues can all arise from excess weight on the body. The probability of tendinitis, plantar fasciitis and osteoarthritis are all very likely in the presence of obesity.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?