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Stressed is Desserts spelled backwards!

Lately my friends are talking to me about trying to reduce my stress.  I have been using my own style of stress reducing activities for all of these years, but it seems that the professionals are now saying that sugar can actually cause a stress response in your body.  That has not been my experience.  When I have been stressed I have reached for my comfort food.  Dessert.

I should have known that it could be a problem because stressed is desserts spelled backwards.  There is something diabolical about that!  Every woman I know believes that chocolate is their friend.  Now the experts are telling us something different.  It is actually exercise that will reduce stress.  I don’t know about you, but for me exercise is not as fun as dessert.  I immediately feel better with dessert and I certainly don’t feel immediately better after exercise.  In fact my muscles ache and I am tired and often a little irritable.  Most men know that chocolate is used as an important coping strategy when the women in their lives are irritable.

But the doctors have told me that I have to rethink my position on exercise.  I have to look past immediate gratification and see the long term benefits.

I am told by those who exercise regularly that I will come to enjoy it and even look forward to it.  I am skeptical.  I have exercised before in my life.  I have entered my seventh decade now and I don’t ever remember enjoying exercise.  I do enjoy dancing and walking with friends, but those activities for me are not just for exercise.  So I will take up this assigned task and try to do what I am being told.

I still believe that I would feel better with a chocolate ice cream sundae.

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2 Comments

  • Crystal Rich Posted September 13, 2018 3:51 pm

    If you enjoy dancing, you might like zumba. It’s a really fun way to get in shape. It’s just finding something you enjoy doing that’ll make you stick with it. I tried insanity workouts before but i definitely did not enjoy them or look forward to them. It was a very tough workout. I hope you find the right plan for you and still get to enjoy your desserts. 🙂

  • evagremmert Posted September 13, 2018 4:32 pm

    Thanks Chrystal – that is a great idea.

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