In your journey, did you even for a moment wonder why you had to work 'so hard' while some appear to have it 'made?' ..... Slender, obvious good metabolism, and who boasted of being her " high school weight", decades later. This was Beth. (fake name-but true story).
We worked in the same facility. Beth was a 57 year old Xray tech. She rode her bike several miles every day to and from work, after a very physical day, had a gym membership that she used frequently and confessed to "almost never taking a rest day," ... almost like she was invincible.
Never assume a pretty package with a shiny bow is for you, without knowing what's inside. You might be surprised.
Then one day:
It was an incredibly chaotic in the 23 surgeon -Orthopedic clinic where I worked. Daily, we saw an average of 600 patients. At the end of my shift I was changing clothes in the women's locker room.
Beth walked in and asked, " Are you going to the gym now?"
I answered , "No, I was, but not now. I already got my workout in today with running non-stop as crazy as it was!"..." I added, I may even take a short nap ."
She looked at me with a look of disapproval and then asked, quite smitten, " so are you going to let this place kiss your (blank?)"
Not needing her approval, or disapproval, I thought,
"To each his own" and we went our separate ways .
Three-Four months later:
Word traveled fast through the staff of 250 employees. Beth suffered a major heart attack. She told people in her department that she had crushing chest pain. Did she call 911 or anyone for help? "No". She hit the 'denial' button instead of picking up the phone to call for help. Said she thought if she laid down for a few minutes it would eventually go away .
Unfortunately, after all was said and done because intervention came so late, tests revealed: the damage to her heart was extensive. Beth was permanently disabled. Sadly, she would never return to work. And we lost an excellent co-worker.
Would any of us deliberately buy a pair of shoes that are too small? Of course not! That would be like wearing someone ELSE'S shoes and would be unthinkable!
So would trying to keep up with or emulate someone else's pace because you think their's must be better. There are so many variables; we are all individual and there is "NO" one size fits all' plan. It's only sensible to develop a plan that's right for you and me and listen to your body. Consistent exercise is great but overtaxing' the heart is dangerous. Practice moderation and find a balance between activity and needful rest. And, of course drink your water and eat nutriciously, and all the other things that support a healthy lifestyle.
Thanks for stopping by today friends.
Please take care of yourselves and may you have a wonderful day!