A Cowboy’s Faith: Still not that easy

buchmanhead“More people talk about weight than any other subject.”

Not a scientific fact, but think about every conversation heard since Christmas?

“I ate too much” seems to be most common.

“I gained five pounds (or more)” comes next.

And, then if not first: “I’m going on a diet.”

There are more advertisements about ways to lose weight than anything else.

The Number 1 New Year’s resolution was: “Lose weight.”

The first broken New Year’s resolution: “Eating too much, and doing too little.”

Consequently, more pounds, pot gut, expanded waistlines, fat cheeks, pants won’t snap, shirt’s too tight.

Then, bigger problems: heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, other health issues. Frequently leading to hip, knee, back sufferings directly correlated with too many pounds for the body structure.

Winter’s much worse than summer. It’s a lot easier to look out the window than work in the cold.

After all, hands get frozen saddling the horse, toes soon follow when mounted, and even well broke ones sure are friskier in subfreezing temperatures. For the record, though, not a day’s been missed; even if inside, bareback, go a few rounds and call it wintertime good.

With all the ways promoted to lose pounds, it’s never as easy as commercials claim.

Yet, the solution really is quite simple as related by one of our favorite horsewomen. She’s put her actions to her advice, too.

“Count every bite of food that goes in.”

It’ll be incomprehensible at the end of one day, let alone a week, or a month. Of course, carrots don’t pound like chocolate, but should be recorded.

Then, perfectly, get on a regular calisthenics routine. For those who don’t know what that means, or desire to deny definition, it’s “exercise to achieve bodily fitness.”

That’s easy one time, but three days, a month, or a year, not many folks keep that up.

Recommendation: “Don’t overdo it.” Frequently, those deciding to work out walk a mile the first day, and can’t move the next. Little by little, and never too much. Best exercise really is walking.

“Eat less, walk more every day,” scales and health will be the reward. No dietician, or health guru, just experience talking.

Reminds us of Second Peter 1:6: “In exercising knowledge develop self-control; in exercising self-control develop steadfastness, patience, endurance; and in exercising steadfastness develop piety.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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