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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