Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lose Weight, Live Forever!

OR NOT... But the headline certainly sounds good and its one of my enduring goals, as I have found that my health has improved 1000% since I got rid of a large amount of fat. Though I have no illusions about living forever, my expectation is that I have increased my chances of living longer.  And its not just wishful thinking as data from various Agencies shows that Americans who control their weight through proper diet and exercise really are extended their life.

For example, in my area of the country, Wilmington, NC, estimates released from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation show that men could expect to live 5 years longer in 2009 than they did in 1989.  Of course its not just from weight management, but rather a combination of healthy initiatives like quiting smoking, eating better, staying active, etc.   To learn more, read this article written by Jim Ware of the Star News.

If you are under 40, you probably don't pay a lot of attention to the concept of getting old and running out of years.  But once you pass that mark, your perspective may change greatly as you realize you are probably at the halfway point of your life or maybe past it... depending on your health.  This has been a driving force for me!!!!!  I cherish every day that I get to feel the sun on my face, breathe in the air around me and enjoy my time with family and friends, but I also hear the clock ticking. 

It's kind of like the movie In Time where the people have a time clock built into their wrist and can see it ticking away.  Once it hits ZERO they are dead, but they can recharge the clock by buying time credits.  As long as they are continuously getting new credits, they are thwarting the inevitable.

So I know very well, that genetics and wayward trucks slamming into my car are factors I have no control over.  But for the things I can control, I focus on everyday!  And I have made a huge improvement in my health!  Key indicators:

Resting Pulse Rate - 41
Blood Pressure - 118/72
Sleep Apnea - GONE
Knee Pain - GONE
Ankle Pain - GONE
Energy - Extreme
Sick Days - Rare

So maybe that is the motivation you need - one more day doing the things you love with the ones you love.  Its never too soon to focus on weight loss and health management, but it can easily become too late if you don't pay attention!

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