Sunday, June 09, 2013
Why go to all this effort? What's the real payoff? Obviously, we all want to see lower numbers on the scale, to have a socially acceptable body size, and to be able to do some things that overweight may be holding us back from trying now. But for me, personally, the real reason for starting this journey is all about health. My last physical revealed that my blood pressure was borderline high, and I know that in my family there is a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other weight-related issues. I have been lucky so far to enjoy good health, but as I am well into the second half of my life now, I don't want to take good health for granted. I know that health problems can result from decades of poor lifestyle choices; I want to avoid that, if I can. I can't go back and redo my 20s, 30s and 40s, but I can significantly change the way I live my 50s, 60s, and beyond--and that's my goal! To live a healthy lifestyle, to avoid weight-related and sedentary-lifestyle-related diseases, and to be here, healthy, for my kids' adult years, and for any future grandkids'! And I want to teach/encourage my family to develop healthier lifestyles, too. And if I can look better, fit into (smaller) clothes more comfortably, and have more energy to do more things, too, all the better!