Saturday, March 02, 2013
We received a call yesterday that my wife's cousin in California had a heart attack. He is OK we believe and still in the hospital (this occured Wednesday). He is only 65, but overweight. Probably about 80-100 pounds overweight. When he has visited in the past, we used to joke around that us 'big' guys love to eat. This hit home as Rafael (Raffy as we affectionately call him) is a great person. Unfortunately for him, he has this situation to deal with and his wife is a total mess; I can't imagine and hope not to experience anything like this.
My brother in law has had a heart attack, but on the other side of the spectrum he eats twice a week at the Cheescake Factory (Burgers and big meals; we've eaten with him a few times). He however is a very fit 50 year old who had a heart attack due to steroid use and diet (the doctor said this). He has high cholesterol and is on statins now.
My wife's cousin is diabetic and aquired the disease out of poor diet. A different cousin.
I was adopted and don't have any real family history, but the reality around me is enough of a wake up call.
How many times have I heard about heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes in my circle of friends and family. The fact is many times. I have to do this. I refuse to sit here and acknowledge that poor choices are my behavior; I can change. I don't want my son growing up fatherless.
I got this in a very serious way today. Awesome workout. Doing everything I can to stay healthy, happy and a father and husband for my dear family.
Oh...Last night while I was in the 'few moments before sleep' stage, I was able to visualize myself as my new body and face. Don't ask how, but I've been working on this during meditation and was able to get a clear picture of myself looking at me at a very healthy weight. Then I guess I fell asleep. If that image is what I want then who/what is stopping me from attaining that goal?
Myself and myself only. I will do this, I know I will.