February... a time to give up on those New Year's resolutions we make every year but don't keep.

Every year I make the same ones, to drink more water every day and eat more fruits and vegetables.


But then the diet colas and coffee call out to me, as does all that candy. No, a carrot stick isn't the same kind of sweet as a candy bar. I won't fall for that. I love sugar.

I'm doing better about drinking water as long as I work out, it just becomes a natural craving after exercise. An apple before and banana after (or the other way around) seems to be satisfying, although not nearly so much as chocolate.

I've got one of those virtual trainer things with the balance board, where it's kind of like a game to work out.

It's an alternative to going to the gym on the days I don't feel like driving in traffic. I'd recommend it for almost anybody except maybe advanced bodybuilders and athletes who wouldn't find it a challenge at all. It's teaching me yoga. If only I could balance myself so I don't have to hold on to a chair, but that's improving a little.

Kids need more exercise than they usually get. Video games make it easy to sit around and exercise nothing but thumbs.

Now there are games that can get people out of the chair and up jumping around and swinging their arms. Get those for the kids! It might help burn off some of the calories from the colas, nachos and nutty-bars that are served for school lunches. I wish they had invented this when my kids were young. Today after lunges and knee-bends I tried a game where you crazily flap your wings to fly like a bird... just like in all those flying dreams! I'm sure it looked ridiculous. My dogs gave me some really strange looks.

Of course outdoor play is the best... but when that's not possible there's always virtual snowboarding in the living room.

©2012, Mary Lou St. Lucas

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Mary Lou St. Lucas is a former stay-at-home mom who has participated in custody and divorce-related support groups. She often speaks out through impassioned letters to local newspapers regarding issues affecting quality of life for children and families. She has experienced divorce, including the heartbreaking decision to give up daily contact with her two sons for what she believed was their best interest at that time, as well as the societal stigma attached to being a non-custodial mother. She emphasizes the importance of kids having BOTH parents in their lives on a regular basis, even if the parents cannot or will not be married anymore. She hopes other parents will see that there may be alternatives to the standard custody arrangements, depending on the individual situation. She writes from her perspective of today instead of revisiting and dwelling on the painful emotions of her past. She strives to live a full life in spite of a recent diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and believes a sense of humor is mandatory. mlstuff.blogspot.com/2007/08/male-bashing-t-shirts.html or E-Mail.

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