You may wonder who I am, to be writing of being fit and healthy! Sometimes wisdom comes with age; and looking back over my life (I'm an old-timer) I can see the good choices as well as the bad. And like most people, I enjoy being a people watcher, you can learn a lot about life, just observing people; their choices, their mannerisms, the way they handle themselves and situations.
Even better than this would be to never have fit in those huge pants to start with.
If you started out your life enjoying these foods, you may have been able to get by several years without paying the price. Then again, I know many kids in grade school, high school and above who seem to have started out overweight, and they just added to it as they went along. Unless they are taught differently, they will continue to eat the foods they had as babies, toddlers and young children. They are not really to blame, it's good, they eat it.
But as time goes on, and these same kids are in high school and college; it is time for them to notice and learn. Not all of their classmates are overweight. These other kids are healthy and seem to have an endless supply of energy.
So now let's say we've got our education behind us, we've found a job, getting married, raising a family -- in other words, going on with our lives. Now is when you need to keep an eye on your health. Exercise becomes as important aspect of things we need to schedule in, as many jobs consist of sitting at a desk, or standing around as a salesperson. But even if you have a demanding job that involves manual labor, you still want to pay attention to nutrition and overall health maintenance. Food, and the choices you make continue to play a very important role; sometimes even more so as the demands put on our bodies are slowed down. So you could eat a bowl of ice cream every day when you were a kid -- and still not gain. Doesn't mean you will be able to do that now, or even that you should.
You're a lot smarter now. You know what's right and wrong. You know what choices you should be making. And in many cases, you are the one responsible for what goes into your children's stomach day after day. They look up to you; you need to set a good example.
Just a few examples to point out healthy vs unhealthy:
A man retires, he is looking forward to doing many of the things he has dreamed about doing when he was too busy working. Unfortunately he did not try to maintain his health and now he finds he is way overweight and tires easily. Trips wear him out and eating the rich food he has always savored now gives him heartburn and indigestion. Retirement is basically not very fun. And it's expensive because he is always going to the doctor with problems.
Another man retires. He has been very particular about the types of food he has eaten for many years now, and he devotes several hours a week to maintaining a healthy, fit body. He wants to travel and has no problem climbing mountains, going for a ride down rapids, or doing any of the adventurous things he's always wanted to try when "there was more time." He sees his doctor on a regular basis, but is free from taking any prescriptions as he has avoided many of these problems through his choice of food.