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Look Good, Feel Good, Play Good!
Written by Karen “Krazy K” Martin
While enjoying a weekend in Mammoth celebrating George and Sarah’s wedding, I had the opportunity to really understand what it meant to look good, feel good and play good.
Look Good – At 51 years of age, I am still learning to be comfortable saying I look good. I had the joy of one of my employees showing me pictures from our Costco Holiday party this year and comparing it to last year’s – a difference of more than 40 lbs, and what looks like several years. It was hard to believe I am the same person. So in that context I am comfortable saying “I look good”!
Feel Good – I could talk about this for hours. Besides the medical improvements (blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, etc.) the day-to-day living changes are amazing. I have never slept so soundly in my life. I have never been so “regular” – say goodbye to all the stomach cramps and sprints to the bathroom or else moments. My many skin conditions like heat rash and adult acne have all but disappeared. Sorry if this is making you uncomfortable, but I suspect you share some of these same improvements. To Pops and CJ’s dismay, I have more energy than ever. I get more done and feel great right up until I enter the deepest sleep I have ever experienced. I wake up feeling rested and ready to tackle the day.
Play Good – Playing is something I am learning to do. I make time now to do things that feel like play. I actually want to play and I am confident that it is because of my incredible health. I have played tennis with Michele (she’s good and always wins), I have tackled a few 5K’s and the MCRD obstacle course. While in Hawaii, a little tennis with CJ and lots of hiking. Until last year, Hawaii was all about eating, drinking and laying at the pool. Now, we are planning a zip line adventure here in San Diego with friends and one in Hawaii in April with the family.
And I did something last weekend that I have not done since high school (that was a long time ago).
I danced! I danced for almost three hours. I danced with Pops, CJ, Sage, Michele, Nicole, Cynthia, Christina, and anyone else that wanted to join our crazy circle of dancing. I forgot how much fun dancing is. I realized that I stopped dancing for a very obvious reason. I didn’t feel good. A year of Paleo, my Invictus coaches, a great community of support and two challenges have given me back the ability to play. I am so grateful for all of the resources, support and education to give me my life back.
I know that often our coaches and blog writers quote Ghandi, Martin Luther King and other brilliant world leaders, so I am a bit embarrassed to leave you with this favorite of mine, but it is so fitting and descriptive of the journey I call life!!
From the lyrics of one of my favorite songs – “When you get the choice to sit it out or dance – I HOPE YOU DANCE!!” – Lee Ann Womack