Sunday, November 18, 2012
Hi there, it's me... well, you... us.
It's a bit confusing, I know, reading something from the future written by yourself.
I look around me and see a lot of folks I know. Some I knew when I was you. Some you don't know yet but you will soon enough. Time really does seem to fly.
I want to thank you.
It sounds weird, I know, thanking my younger self... that is, you.
I look around me and so many of my friends and neighbors and co-workers are struggling physically. Joint replacements are pretty common among the group. A few are wheelchair bound now. One or two have had major surgeries and it was touch and go.
Many of them are on a host of meds to control this and that. Most of these folks are in pretty poor shape.
I'm doing pretty well though - thanks to your hard work and your discipline. I remember how hard it was at times in the beginning and I know that I struggled at times - you're going to struggle more, trust me. Those old habits are hard to break. Those ingrained brain programs like "You love Twizzlers, go ahead and buy the big bag" were hard to overcome. I still like those candies and eat them once in awhile but they don't control me anymore. Aren't you glad?
A few folks have died that I knew...umm.. you know. No names. I think that would violate some sort of time-travel rules or something like that. Regardless, you can't change that anyway... who'd believe you were *really* reading a note from your future self anyhow?
Some of them had heart failure. It's still the number one killer in North America. Sad, huh?
Most of them were obese. And despite tons of evidence linking obesity to heart disease, these folks weren't ever able overcome their obesity. Heck, some of them were still smoking too... I think they wanted... maybe "wished" is more accurate a word to use... I think they wished to quit. I just don't think they thought they could.
Neuropathy is not uncommon. Diabetes too. It really is quite sad. A guy you end up working with is in terrible shape now. I see him once a week. Those are hard visits. I try to encourage him but I think he's given up, honestly.
Do me a favor and encourage everyone you can. I do a lot of that now. I think it helps some folks.
Every good choice you made and will make is helping us. I wouldn't be here to write this to you now if you hadn't been disciplined and committed to your...our health. I believe that, honestly, though who can really know? All I do know is that I feel good despite my age and of course I'm still not a fan of these reading glasses. The prescription's a considerably stronger than you use now. But that's no big deal really.
I still get out and walk daily. The dog loves it... yes, despite your grumbling about the dogs and how much trouble they can be at times, you'll always be a dog lover. This lovable mutt is wonderfully goofy and likes baby carrots for a treat... they all have, haven't they? Anyway, he and I get out every day and walk the farm and try to keep up with my better half... she's still as beautiful as ever and I'm still chasing after her. Some things never change. We're both a lot grayer now but we're active and healthy. She was always disciplined. It took us a lot longer. Thank goodness we've got pretty good genes, huh?
Resting heart rate is good and the BP is fantastic. Thank you for all those steps you took and good choices you made. My life...well, it's so much better than it might have been. The doc's happy with my numbers and we share a good laugh when I go in for my yearly checkups.
I just want to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing. Stay in control of the food. Get up and move. Drink that water. Live and laugh and remember to say encouraging words when you can. There's a lot of pain in the world. No need to add to it, right?
Thanks for making it a great day for me!