After moving from Eastern USA to Western USA I made the decision to follow the local professional football team out here. Being a die hard NY Giants fan all my life I knew this would be difficult. After studying the map I figured that the closest team to me was Seattle WA. So the Seattle Seahawks were the team I chose to support. Well, since then the Seahawks have won a Superbowl and they made to that level once again this year. Does this make me happy? Well, sort of. I am happy for them.
One of the reasons I decided to make this decision was more based on the level of emotion I experience when I watch the NY Giants play football. It is something I grew up with. An attachment to self. After one particular game in which the Giants lost I noticed that my heart was beating very quickly, I was angry, and the very nest day my blood sugar rose over 40 points for no reason. I quickly realized that I was experiencing stress. I thought about this for a while. Stress. There are many things in life where it natural to get the stress response, but watching football on TV should not be one of them. So that is when I started looking at other attachments I may have.
Stress will eventually put us all in a hospital bed or even early grave. As a human we have this incredible hormonal response mechanism that brings our awareness and strength to very high levels. It has always been for fighting of wild animals or threats of invaders to protect our own lives and the lives of our loved ones. In our modern days lives we too often feel this level of stress too often, like watching out favorite football team.
I still love watching football and understand the strategy behind the game, but I will never allow myself to feel the emotions of stress over any game that someone else is playing. I bring all this out because I posted something on facebook yesterday about the game I was watching and an old friend had made a comment. He couldn’t understand how I could not be a NY Giants fan anymore. He remembered that when we were kids I had kicked a hole in the wall of my room after the Giants lost a game. It made me realize how angry I was as a child. I was very competitive, even with things I really had no control over. My friend couldn’t understand how someone with that much passion about a football team could just lose that passion. The truth is my friend, that I still have this level of passion, but it is now placed in the correct area’s of my life. God, family, friends, my own health when it comes to diet and exercise, gardening, time spent in nature. So yea, when I have to make a choice between these things that I feel passionate about, football just doesn’t fit into any category anymore.
Blood Sugar – 85, Weight – 166.4
LAST DAY, NO WORKOUT
Breakfast – Fast
Lunch – 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Dinner – Pot Roast, Carrots