Reflecting on Love
Monday, February 21, 2011
Love is such an amazing thing. When you truly love someone you want the very best for them. You put their best interest first. You can want the people whom you love to take a more active role in their health and well being, but you can't make them do it. You can love them unconditionally and want them to be healthy and strong for years to come. I have experienced first hand the frustration of wanting my hubby to exercise more and to do some strength training. I let that go, because I love him enough to let him decide what is best for him. However, when I back off from what I desire, I realized that he doesn't think it is important because he doesn't understand what I know about physiology and why it is I want him to exercise. When I change my approach to be one of wanting him to understand so that he can make his own choices instead of one of just do what I say, then there is room for growth.
For over nine months I have been discussing the need for my mother to do some strength training. We talked about muscle mass, posture changes, metabolism, etc. She didn't see how it would make a difference at her age. She is only 61. So, last night she called me to thank me for the yummy salmon patty recipe I had shared with her a couple weeks ago. She had told me that she wanted to start eating salmon but that she hated it. I told her she would love it, if she knew how to make it or if she tried salmon patties. So, she was willing to give it a whirl and she loved it! Eats salmon 2 - 3 times a week now. Then she is so excited to tell me some of the other things she is trying. I am so excited for her! I love her so much.
I tell her about a video clip I saw on YouTube of Ginger Rogers at age 92 dancing the salsa. We talked about the strength, agility and flexibility it takes to be able to do that. Then I say to her, mom Ginger wouldn't be doing that at 92 if she didn't take care of herself when she was 61. I really want you to be strong enough to do whatever you want to do when you are 92. Then I share this information. That is why I want you to start doing resistance training. When you exert force on a muscle, the muscle shorts which pulls on the tendon which pulls or applies pressure to the bony attachment. The muscle gets stronger, the tendon gets more pliable and the bone gets stronger. Stronger bones support us and help us keep good spinal alignment. Flexibility keeps us young and agile. Strong muscles keep us active and independent. I love you and want you to be healthy and strong today and always.
I will be visiting her in March. I am looking forward to our time of cooking up some yummy clean foods in her kitchen and then doing a strength training routine I am designing for her. The best part is, she is excited and wants that too. It feels good to share something I have a passion for with the people I love the most.
While I am reflecting on love, I would invite you to stop by the page of my dear friend Karlyn to see love in action. I will not share the details about this beautiful young ladies journey with you here, I will ask you to discover it for yourself. To know her is to be loved by her. She gives so much, even in her time of need. Send some prayers, love and well wishes to Karlyn today.