What is Steff-stainability?

Living sustainably, my way. It's thinking about what you are putting into your body and how it affects you. But it's also indulging in a brownie cheesecake every now and then. It's making your body look the way you want it to and being proud of it. But it's not spending half of the day working out. It's about making small changes in your life to benefit the great earth on which we live. But it's also running your A/C in the summer and driving your car. It's about setting goals and living up to them. It's trying to make the world a better place. And as I am ever-learning and ever-changing, so is this definition.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Blogger Fail and Driving Cars

Yes, I know. I fail at keeping my blog updated. I had a good excuse for part of the time I've been away - 4 of my closest friends came to visit for a week for another wives reunion! I had a blast chatting with the girls and showing them around beautiful southern California, and the time I spent with my girlfriends (and the time our 2 Japan girls spent trying to get on a flight to see us!) reminded me how true friends make sacrifices for each other and when they get together, it's like no time has passed.

Anyway, that's no excuse for the fact that I've been gone for 3 weeks. I've just been lazy. But here I am, back at the computer, and ready to talk to you about my husband's favorite subject - cars!

So, let's say for your 18th birthday, your parents buy you a brand spankin' new car. It's perfect. It has everything you want, it's customized completely for you, and it has the capability to have an extremely long lifespan. Here's the catch: this is the only car you will drive for the rest of your life.

So would you get the oil changed regularly? Be sure to take it to the mechanic at every tune-up mileage? Pay for preventative maintenance and at the slightest sign of a problem make sure it is solved? Drive it safely and carefully? It IS the only car you'll ever have, after all.

Most people would have answered yes to all these questions. "Of course I would take care of a car I'd drive for the rest of my life," they say. "It's not like I can replace it."

What else might you have that you'll only have one of for the rest of your life?

What about your body? Unless you have some crazy superpower, your body is the only one you'll have for your whole life. Yet, people don't take preventative care of their body, and if something is wrong, they don't fix it. It's not like you can trade it out or sell it to replace it with a new one when it gets old and stops working.

So take care of your body! Pay attention to what you are putting in it, and what you are putting it through. We have evolved/were created to eat certain foods, foods that are absent in many people's diets. It's like your car is designed for 92 octane fuel but you put in 87 because it's cheaper.

Diet and exercise are two of the most important steps in preventative care for your body. If you would pay a little extra to keep your car in good shape, why wouldn't you do the same for your body?


  1. Hey lady!! I love your blog and will add it to my Google Reader. Although my GR is overflowing with blogs to be read from last week...you know...the week we all had to band together and scream at DC?

    Anyway, your email is not linked to your account, but I wanted to comment on your comment. I did NOT see State of the Union. I don't have cable, but normally, I download the podcast from iTunes and watch it while I'm working out. I am kind of glad I missed it because I think that comment would have made me lose MY MIND. It's unfathomable to me that ANYONE would think they deserved ANYTHING after that. But that is the certainly the problem, now isn't it? I have no problem reminding my readers of this when election time rolls back around. We put them there, we can certainly take them out. I have tried to be as "eloquent" as possible and refrain from using language unbecoming a lady. But girl...it has been so, so, SO hard.