I'm really sad about the passing of James Gandolfini. He was a great actor, and will be missed by many.
It makes me think though of all the people out there, my BIL in particular, who are not taking care of themselves (and obviously I have no clue of cause of death here, but it seems for men in particular, heart attacks at this young age are so common, and PREVENTABLE. And of course not just men, either. An old colleague who smoked, ate horribly, and never EVER worked out had a fatal heart attack in her 40s).
It just makes me want to scream: THIS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU DO NOT START TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF. Yes, we all meet the same fate eventually, this life does not last forever, but it breaks my heart that he leaves behind a teenage son.
I might fret over my weight, or have this (superficial) goal of feeling good in a bikini in public, but the reason I have lost 70+ lbs, and work out 4-6 hours a week and try to eat things that are GOOD for me at least 85% of the time is simple:
I do not want to have a heart attack
I do not want to be at risk for diabetes
I do not want to be a bigger target for the cancer that is killing my family
I do not want my body to be a broken down decrepit useless thing at ANY age
Which is why it frustrates me to hear people's LAME excuses for NOT making any effort to be healthy. What I'm hearing is: I don't care about myself. I don't care about my children. I don't care about my friends and family.
Don't think it hasn't crossed my mind to wonder WHO will take care of my nephews if something should happen to BIL and his wife. Both are already on medication, and have been given several warnings by their doctors, and do NOTHING about it. Ugh. I just don't see why they can't see the bigger picture. It's not about vanity. it's about YOUR LIFE, literally.
OK, rant over. And yes, healthy people die prematurely as well, but isn't it at least WORTH it to try to stack the odds in your favor?!?!?!?