Mind Yes, Body No

angie harris

Eventually, I will have to face the facts: I am not getting any younger. I can’t do the things that I could do when I was younger. My body is changing, my metabolism is changing, and it takes a lot longer to heal from injuries than when I was younger. I remember those days when a sprained ankle only took a couple of days to heal and then I was back to 100%. Now, sprained ankles take many more days to heal. Back problems seem to be creeping into my daily life. Aside from the physical ailments, I also remember the times when I could eat a mountain of food and not suffer any extreme consequences.

Ah, those days are no longer. Things are changing, my insides are changing, and I’m not quite sure if I like it. I’m not sure if I want to embrace the fact that: I can’t eat a pint of ice cream in one sitting anymore, I am not as flexible as I used to be, and my fast food days are over. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in exercising and eating healthy, but sometimes I just want a burger and french fries!

My mind says “yes, I can!” However my body is saying, “no, you can’t” or “you can have that, but I (the body) will suffer for it.

Of course, this mentality doesn’t always apply to things that are in the “bad for me” area. I find that this mentality creeps in when I am exercising too, especially when doing cardio. The mentality that you can push yourself just a little bit further, or run that extra mile. Like I said, mentally I say “yes,” but again, the body says “no.

This brings to mind the quote by Heraclitus, “the only thing constant is change.” Well, if I could have a conversation with Heraclitus, I would say, “change sucks!” Then he would probably laugh at me for my delusional way of thinking!

[tags]body changes, body changing, getting older, exercising, adjustment, mentality, heraclitus[/tags]

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