Oh yeah! Black bean brownies for breakfast. =)
12. Indianapolis: (ranks 12th in a poll of top 50 populated cities in America)
As the hub for several interstates that cut through the city, Indianapolis has been dubbed the "Crossroads of America." It's not surprising, also given its notoriety as home to the Indy 500, that Indianapolis has long been considered a driver's city. Local residents, 26% of whom are obese, have paid the price for sprawl policies and a prevailing car culture--with their health. That may change as city planners continue to build and promote greenways and bike paths, including its so-called "cultural trail," an eight-mile path which will connect several neighborhoods.
Someone said to me the other day that Indianapolis is a very unhealthy city, so I looked it up. Could be worse, could be better. Another thing that stood out while I was searching articles was a quote "red states rank worst." Meaning the conservative states are the most overweight. This bothers me because I really believe Christians should be some of the most healthy people on the planet-not media stereotype perfect, I mean healthy. Not because they are super humans, but because if we live what we believe, we should be demonstrating discipline, respect for our physical bodies, and be emotionally settled so we aren't excessive in other areas of our lives. Not only that, but when you are joyful, you want to move; hike a trail, go for a swim, walk with the baby in a stroller...mop the floors and listen to music while doing it-I don't know, whatever moves you. I've been jogging before and gotten the visual of running away from a huge mountain of insecurity only to cross the valley and start climbing up the mountain of extremes on the other side. I don't want to be chained to either mountain. The Spirit says I don't have to be. So I'll eat my black bean brownies and enjoy the endorphins of my next race. I'll take in stride the fact that I've gained weight training instead of loosing-I feel stronger and have learned to eat when I'm hungry (which seems often ;).
hmmmmmmm..... almost deleted this whole post but I think I'll leave it. Real issues for real people. =)