Health & Wellness

Everything In Moderation – The Key to Enjoying Life’s Pleasures for Longer

February 19, 2015

everything in moderationDid you see the news item about the Marathon Runner who won Third Place After Literally Crawling Over Finish Line?

At first I thought wow that is gutsy determination and it was. I have to admit that I’m a little like that as I don’t like to give up on anything – my family and friends will agree with that statement!

However, we should always keep in mind that ‘Everything in Moderation’ is the key in anything you do in life – eating, drinking, exercise, work. I’m not saying that you should only give half of your best but sometimes you need to tone it down a little. You can enjoy life’s pleasures without being extreme.

I love to exercise and keep fit, especially as I am getting older and Sizzling Towards Sixty! You can’t sizzle without being fit and healthy. Sometimes though I can overdo it and my body will let me know.

A few weeks ago I was running with my Saturday Sisters and halfway through the run my chest started to tighten and I just couldn’t go on. I tried but my body rebelled. I had all the symptoms of a heart attack which was quite frightening at the time.

A trip to the hospital where I was hooked up to heart monitors, blood taken and an ECG fortunately showed that my heart was in great condition. The prognosis was Costochronditis which is “inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum”.

The symptoms are very similar to a heart attack, however in my case I’d just been doing too many pushups!!!

first wealthMy point is that I was pushing myself and not listening to my body and the result was that I had to rest up for a week or so. Needless to say I won’t be breaking any ‘push up world records’ in the future!

Determination and dedication in whatever you do is commendable and the sense of achievement fulfilling. This determination should not impare your health. Life is for living and enjoying every moment.

oscar wilde moderationSo here is the secret – ‘Everything in Moderation including Moderation’.  You can eat that ‘naughty’ food occasionally, enjoy that extra glass of wine or run that marathon – as long as it is occasional and not the norm.  Keep to the 80/20 rule – 80% good and 20% naughty.

Living a healthy and fit lifestyle will allow you to indulge in the pleasures of life without doing too much damage.

Let’s Sizzle!

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  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues April 14, 2015 at 07:03

    Professional athletes are a different breed of people. They risk everything. That is their work, life, passion, mission. We need to be more careful also because most of us don’t have the access to the same kind of assistance and guiding. I hope this inflammation leaves you in peace. I’m contributing to the blog of with a series on the topic. Inflammation is no joke but is not the worst thing on earth either. Get well soon!

    • Reply sue April 14, 2015 at 07:19

      Thanks for your comment Debbie. Yes you are right in that professional athletes are a different breed. Unfortunately, my nature is to push myself to the limits but now my body is saying take a rest. I’m back on my feet now and just listening to my body more.

  • Reply Bernadyn April 14, 2015 at 07:56

    Great reminder and so glad you’re okay! That sounds like something I would do, too, but need to keep in mind to keep it all in moderation. I recently started running more so I’m glad I read this post. Thanks for sharing! #ibabloggers

    • Reply sue April 14, 2015 at 22:48

      Thanks Bernadyne for your comment. I’m fine now thanks. Just had to ease back a little but back to normal now

  • Reply Aimee April 14, 2015 at 10:52

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. Sometimes it’s ok to push through, but other times we need to practice moderation and keep the long run in mind. Fitness is a lifelong journey & it’s ok to take a rest every once in a while. 🙂 #ibabloggers

    • Reply sue April 14, 2015 at 11:06

      Thanks for your comment Aimee. We can be hard on ourselves sometimes but you are right it is ok to take a rest once in a while.

  • Reply Joanne T Ferguson April 14, 2015 at 11:10

    I think this is a great reminder to all! Sometimes in the daily routine of things, moderation gets muddled!

    • Reply sue April 14, 2015 at 11:12

      So right Joanne. I think I need to take a leaf out of my own book and get some moderation in how I am approaching my blog and social media. It can take over!

  • Reply Kellie Van Atta April 14, 2015 at 13:36

    This is a really good reminder as a mom of young kids. Some times we have to go hard, and other times, it is helpful to conserve some energy. I also really liked the quotes you inserted. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply sue April 14, 2015 at 14:10

      Thanks for your comment Kellie. Fortunately, my children are now grown however I am a grandmother so that keeps me on my toes. Glad you liked the quote, sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Kathleen June 8, 2015 at 15:57

    That must have been really scary. I like your quote that the first wealth is health.

    • Reply sue June 8, 2015 at 17:09

      Yes that is my personal trainer’s favourite quote and it is certainly true. Thanks for the comment Kathleen.

  • Reply Mary Gilbert June 8, 2015 at 22:01

    I wonder if caring more about fitness when you get older is common. I am in my mid 40s and now I am beginning to exercise outside of work. I didn’t care so much about my fitness when I was younger…probably because I was fit and had jobs that kept me that way.
    So glad you WEREN’T having a heart attack!!

    • Reply sue June 9, 2015 at 10:34

      yes it was a little scary Mary! I think there is much more information these days about staying fit and healthy as we age. In the past jobs were not as sedentary as they are today so people exercised as they worked. Thanks for your comments.

  • Reply Thomas Ives June 9, 2015 at 00:17

    Wow, glad that you are ok. Thank you for sharing this. I tend to do 100/0 and get frustrated alot. Great tip doing the 80/20. Hope this will help increase success in my life. #debbieinshape

    • Reply sue June 9, 2015 at 10:35

      Hi Thomas yes it was a bit of a shock but thankfully nothing serious I’m like you 100% all the time but I am really trying to follow my own advice. Thanks for the comment appreciate it.

  • Reply Stephanie Volkert June 9, 2015 at 04:25

    I have a bad habit of pushing myself too hard too, with similar results. Inflammation in the rib area is no fun – been there, done that! I learned that while I physically CAN move 135 cinderblocks in one day, that doesn’t mean I should!

    You said “Determination and dedication in whatever you do is commendable and the sense of achievement fulfilling. This determination should not impare your health.” and it’s absolutely true. #debbieinshape

    • Reply sue June 9, 2015 at 10:37

      Yes sometimes we do push ourselves to the limit to our own detriment. Thanks for your comments Stephanie!

  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues June 9, 2015 at 05:10

    Thank you so much for sharing this post with the group, Sue!

    • Reply sue June 9, 2015 at 10:37

      My pleasure!

  • Reply Amy June 12, 2015 at 03:22

    This is one of my husband’s favourite sayings. I completely agree! I’m glad to hear that you are doing just fine. Thanks for sharing. #ConfessionsLinkUp

    • Reply sue June 12, 2015 at 08:56

      Your husband is a wise man! Of course it is easier said than done! As long as we try to keep the balance. Thank you for commenting and the link up opportunity

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