Thinking Of My Body As My Prized Vehicle Helps Me Stay In Shape

If you’ve been reading my blog you know that a little over three months ago I took an unplanned tumble. Since then I’ve tangibly seen the value of viewing my body as “something I have” rather than “who I am.”  I’ve contemplated this question before, but the accident brought it to the fore. Whatever your spiritual view of this topic may be, I’m now finding that thinking of my body as if it were a car  – a car I highly value and one I need to get me from place to place – makes it’s easier for me to choose daily actions that keep it in shape. When I think, “I am my body”, all sorts of feelings I was erroneously taught about myself (i.e., my body) when I was a little child get in the way of my simply taking action.

The mini-Qs* I designed for myself five years ago, and revised now and then are still working.  Best of all, I’m still getting a kick out of doing them each day!  When I perform my mini-Qs I visualize myself working with my body as though it was my car; e.g., I fill it’s fuel tank with my healthy “protein pudding” for breakfast (I make shakes thick – like pudding) and I take my AM supplements and water and a cup of coffee. I fill the tank again with the proper nourishment, liquids and supplements at lunch and dinner. I walk it a minimum of 30 City blocks a day. I give it the exercises that keep its parts in good shape. I give it rest in it’s proper garage, etc, etc. I’m thrilled to say that my old emotionally induced cravings seem to have disappeared for the most part.

When my car gets a scratch, I fix it. When it needs fuel I fill the fuel tank. I put the spot you want it to take you in the GPS. I still need to react to what’s happening around me. If I need to slow down because there’s traffic, I slow down or I find a better route (okay – this might still get me  a teensy bit mad once in a while.)  If you treat your body this way, I bet you’ll find you’ll have less self-sabotage going on. We spoke of “detachment” in the last post. I find it easier to detach when I view my body as something I have and value – not who I am.

*From my book, “Find Your mini-Qs(?):
Reveal the Slim, Strong, Sexy Star You Truly Are! At Age 50, 60, 70, and Beyond”

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It seems to me that transitional fabrics for men and women’s clothing are getting better and better. I bought a pair of brown slacks for the early autumn of 2010, through a terrific woman, named Marla Tomazin, who can bring you to several designer showrooms in New York. This pair of slacks worked for me in the warm weather and then I wore them throughout the winter! Men and women can save a good deal of money by not having to have several pairs of the same color slacks or jackets. Keep the style simple and one pant or jacket can do the job for spring, summer and, even, winter. You’ll probably want more than one pair in a color, but what fun to be able to have more clothes to choose from year ‘round. . There are many variations in these fabrics. Be sure that you try the fabric against your bare skin to be sure it’s comfortable for you.

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I’m thrilled to have been having discussions with various theater producers who are working with plays and musicals that have been designed for Off Broadway. Some are thinking of reviving shows that have previously appeared On Broadway and putting them in Off Broadway houses to save money. You need the right kind of show to make this work.  I’d like to champion the Off Broadway show in this post.   During the 70s, 80s and 90s wonderful plays and musicals were unashamedly opening in Off Broadway theaters. Let me be clear. OFF Broadway does not mean less good than Broadway and wishing to be ON Broadway. The real difference between Broadway and Off Broadway is “large show” vs. “intimate show”. Off Broadway theaters have 499 or fewer seats. Broadway theaters have 499 or more seats. Many great musicals have been designed to be intimate. The Fantastics, Ruthless, Little Shop of Horrors (which fared better Off Broadway than On), Full Gallop, Killer Joe, etc. come to mind.

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  1. Darling, I think your tips, your advice and your examples of how to enjoy life at every age are illuminating, intelligent and inspirational. So glad to have found you.


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