2014-03-14 / Columnists

Slice of Life

The Devil Made Me Do It
By Beth Hanning

I once saw the comedian Kevin James in a standup comedy show. He is a large man and is better known as “The King of Queens.” He does a comedy routine on how he has always been bigger than the average person. He then goes on to discuss people who tell him what to do to lose weight.

His favorite thing he says is when larger people than him tell him how to lose weight.

Mr. James is hilarious while pointing out the obvious: we all know what to do; we just choose not to do it. The bottom line is eating less/eating better, and exercising and/or exercising more.

I think of this comedic bit quite often. I know what to do, however I choose not to follow through on my diet and exercise plans.

I have a wedding to attend this weekend and I am starving myself this week to fit into a dress. If I had only watched what I ate and exercised more since I was invited to this I would not have to be famished all week. It is not only in watching my weight that I do not do what is best for me. I also love to eat foods that do not agree with me.

Most of us have that food that we know we cannot eat, and many of us still eat these foods. I have a friend that is lactose intolerant and I think it is so impressive when she orders from the waitress to hold the cheese when ordering meals that usually come with cheese!

Me personally, I would probably eat the dairy products and suffer the consequences.

We all know that the sun is bad for our skin, however most Rockaway residents sit on the beach for hours at a time.

Each winter as I look at the new wrinkles that have appeared I swear I am going to sit under the umbrella, wear a sunhat, and wear so much sunscreen to prevent sun damage. Then I see how pale I am compared to my friends on the beach and at first I sit under the umbrella for half of the day, then a quarter, and eventually the umbrella does not even make it to the beach. I once had a student who told me she really tried to behave in school, but it was just too hard for her to be well-behaved and just so easy to do the wrong thing. Is that what it is? Why do we continue to torture ourselves by doing things that we know are not beneficial to us? Do you continue to do something that you know is not good for you but you continue to do it? Let me know!

**Congrats to my buddy Sean and his beautiful bride Regan.

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