Golden Goalies – Look at the package

Bea Loozer

After our weekly Golden Goalies meeting, I headed toward Trader Joe’s for some routine and holiday shopping. One of my purchases was a box of Keurig-friendly packets for making coffee. There were 20 of these packets in the holiday box, and each one contained a single K-cup.

It was a fetching package — both attractive and functional. In the box of 20 packets, there were five flavors, each clearly marked. The cardboard box was recyclable, and the K-cups were either compostable or recyclable.

Switching from the package containing coffee to the package that is your body, let’s consider the following analogy. Your body contains an entire complex array of tissues, bones, hormones, microorganisms, etc., that helps you function – much more complex than a K-cup containing what will become flavored coffee.

In my body, I can’t predict whether any of the parts contained therein will be recycled, but possibly. Like coffee grounds, I plan for the remainder to be disposed of, though hopefully not in a landfill.

I want the package enclosed in my skin to work for me a while longer. Functionality is more important than externals. I expect my body to be strong and operate well. My body does occasionally experience a “hiccup,” but I’m counting on all those innards to help me function well for a few more years, and I am committed to working at it.

I should add that weight can be a heavy issue. But even there, it’s helpful to ponder both the health aspect of weight and the appearance affected by weight. I think about both.

With the help of my friends in Golden Goalies, I’ve lost weight and want to continue being in maintenance mode to keep the extra pounds off. And I’m sure that keeping that BMI (body mass index) at a healthy number will help that body support me.

My Goalie friends help me maintain good health and a leaner look, and I hope I help them.

Join us for support, motivation, shared wisdom and some good laughs. Weigh-in is Saturday from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. in Room A-8, near the Cottonwood Library. The meeting starts after weigh-in. Contact Rita at 895-2559 for more information.