a big old slap in the face

Friday, March 22, 2013

I've been on and off the Spark for a years now: losing, gaining, losing, gaining. Vicious dumb cycle. Had a few big wakeup calls over the last few weeks: BP 134/99 (ugh), saw a picture of myself and didn't recognize the person, cholesterol/triglycerides are up a bit, hiking in the mountains had an episode of fast heart rate and shortness of breath that scared me. Overall, I just feel like crap.

I turned 40 last summer and was running (inconsistently, but running nonetheless). I actually ran an 8 minute mile. Lost a little bit of weight, toned up a little bit, and started feeling a little better.....funny how that works. Skip to now. In addition to the unhealthy stats above, I barely got through the mile at 11 minutes. I'm a bunch of flab and cellulite. My family history is a plethora of heart disease and cancer. As an ICU nurse, I've been seeing more and more patients in their 40s in the ICU with issues that are directly related to obesity and inactivity. That could be me in that bed and soon. How's that for a slap in the face. Time to get real. I owe it to myself and my family!
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