According to the American Enterprise Institute, the secret to happiness is 48% genetics, 40% life events, and 12% choices (family/friends, faith/values, community/giving, work/earned success). In other words, if one is genetically predisposed to feeling unhappy, his choices and life events can make all the difference in terms of his overall happiness. Food for thought.
So, it’s Week 2 in the new year and, so far, I’ve kept up with my workout resolution. Hooray! Although, I must say, it has been an adjustment. Dinner is usually between 5 and 6PM but since last week, I’ve been dividing dinner into two parts: pre-workout (main course) and post-workout (sides and dessert). The reason for this is because I’ve found that both the gym and pool tend to be super slow during dinner time (not surprising) and, given the fact that I hate lines and crowds (when I’m not working–there are certain things you put up with for work that you wouldn’t for personal time), I’ve decided to workout when everyone else is at home having dinner. I know many people say you shouldn’t eat anything before working out but I’ve found that I actually feel better when I do (before, during, and after). (Not sure if it has anything to do with my having hypotension.) That’s the good news.
Bad news is I’ve been craving things like BBQ chips (fried not baked), mac ‘n cheese (yellow not white cheese), and school cafeteria pizza (where the hell did this one come from? The last time I had this was my senior year in high school!). Since pregnancy is not a possibility, I think it’s my body’s way of saying, “You’ve been doing all these great things like working out now–I’m happy for you, I really am. But something’s got to give. You have to give me SOMETHING!”
In other news, I read an interesting article that explores our ability to change our genes. Apparently, even our behaviors and disposition can be passed down from generation to generation (and through the womb). Certainly makes you think twice about how you behave (as it can literally come back to haunt you)…