What Have You Done For Me Lately?

Do you have a friend or acquaintance that always seems to be needing some kind of attention? No matter what you do, it never seems to be enough. It always feels like they are saying, “What have you done for me lately?”

This is what you call high maintenance. Many folks, short of sainthood, try to shed these acquaintances if possible as they  never seem to be satisfied.

Ironically, every one of us is in such a relationship literally ‘until death do us part.’ No, it isn’t with our spouse. It is the relationship we have with our own body.

We wake up in the morning and the first thing we do is relieve its discomfort of a full bladder. Then we have to clean up. Next thing we get fueled up. Probably including some kind of stimulant like tea or coffee with caffeine in it to jack up our alertness. The demands never end.

We can heed them like the first ones and try to do justice by them, or we can play ostrich and ignore them hoping they will go away. Sadly, when we do this, we become the losers. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Our bodies demand food, but not just what tastes good to us. They need to be nourished or they won’t function properly and will start to deteriorate and break down in small ways at first. You don’t put bad fuel into your auto, but you don’t hesitate to reach for that sugary, creamy dessert and stuff it into your mouth. Over a period of time, the deterioration blossoms into some kind of real problem that demands medical attention.

We need to learn the proper foods and quantities that will keep us healthy and satisfied without going overboard and creating a weight or other medical problem.

Also, our bodies demand exercise. The law of the body is use it or lose it.  We can’t let the only exercise we have be jamming our heads into the sand and ignoring our own needs. If we fail to exercise, our waistlines expand and our clothes never seem to fit right any more. And that is the least of our worries. Over a period of time, such neglect leads to true deterioration and disease, again requiring medical attention. Being under doctor’s orders is not how you want to spend your life.

Maintaining a healthy happy body takes Focus, Effort and Discipline (FED). Decide to take the first step today… and a second step tomorrow. The road to good health is attainable. All you have to do is decide you will do what is necessary to get there.

When your body asks, “What have you done for me lately?” I hope you will have a good answer for it.



Filed under Exercise, healthy eating, men and healthy eating, Weight

2 responses to “What Have You Done For Me Lately?

  1. cookmeslim

    Thank you Tony, I am new to blogging and new to ‘what have I done for me lately’, after nearly 30 years of ‘doing’ for every one else. I realise I need to take responsibility for my own health and happiness. Your website may be for men and healthy eating but I find it so incredibly inspiring and helpful – Julie


    • Julie- Thank you for your kind words. While we may direct our ideas towards men, most of the principles apply equally to women, too. Actually, the reason we have aimed our blog towards men is that both John and I feel that women are far ahead of men in terms of food and health consciousness. As we are both men, we thought we might be able to help our ‘brothers’ in the struggle. You are most welcome to follow our blog and use any of our ideas that might be helpful to you.


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