Saturday, March 16, 2013
How is this NOT going to seem morbid? It's not intended so; thinking about this and planning what to write has cheered and encouraged me this week. But still...
Our fearless leader GreasyJoan of Team Eclectic Readers asked a while back how life will be different when we reach our goal weight. SP motivational articles talk about having a vision statement etc. So what will my future be like? I've been thinking about that lots, and have to admit - I have no clue!
The future is always the undiscovered country. The future as a thin person doubly so, to me. I can make plans, but life has taught me not to hold too tight to them; everything can slip out from under in a heartbeat.
One aspect of the future, though, is certain. I will die someday. So let's start with that - not what will life be like as a thin person, but what will death be like?
I'm planning to die as well as I possibly can.
Among the leading causes of death in the US are heart disease, lung disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, accidents, and pneumonia. Every healthy choice I make - eat the right food, in the right amount; exercise regularly; get enough sleep; reduce stress - has a direct influence on my odds of dying from one of those things.
I plan to not die from hypertension or complications of diabetes, or from COPD.
With luck and persistence, I could die at 90 while white-water rafting (a friend of mine died so; she was 70). Or a meteor could hit my house. Or a sink-hole could swallow me.
But, if I have some time, & live every day healthier than the day before, when that final day comes it will find me HEALTHY. I will die well.
Who knows - perhaps this whole death thing can be postponed indefinitely!