Friday, December 10, 2010
Day 111 My Eleventy First Diet Day
Imagine being that age! And healthy to boot!?!
That is one of the reasons why I want to lose weight. I want the rest of my life to be healthy and as pain-free as possible. I have watched numerous family members of mine suffer countless illnesses as they age, many (if not most) of which could have been prevented or significantly reduced if they had had a better life style, had eaten healthier, had been at a healthier weight. The growing mountain of evidence from the medical community tells us that most heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes....is caused by poor diet, meaning too much food and all the wrong kinds, and lack of exercise.
All very fixable.
I like the idea of still having adventures as I get older. I want to spend my later years being happy, enjoying friends and family, going places and seeing things.
And the inside of the doctor's office isn't what I want to be seeing. Nor do I want to spend my days talking about what "this doctor said" or "that nurse did". Every time hubby and I visit with my Mom or his folks, that is the number-one topic of conversation: doctor's visits. They talk about which doctor's they are seeing, what each one said, the cost of prescriptions, medicare, insurance, when their next appointments are, what's hurting this time, that medicine makes them itch, this one makes them tired, that other one makes them constipated, blah, blah, blah.....
It is soooooo depressing. And I get that its depressing for them as well. Which makes it all the more frustrating when I see them continue to make the same bad decisions that got them in this physical condition in the first place. And you can't tell any of them a thing! None of them listen, and I've grown tired of having the same conversation over and over and over again, all to no avail.
I wanna be the happy old lady, still cutting her own lawn, active, fit and rarely at the doctor's office....when I'm 80. I want to be planning my vacations with the knowledge that hubby and I require no "special assistance" in order to get on or off a plane. I want to be planning visits with my great-great grandkids.
That is why I want to lose weight. That is why I want to be healthy. That is why I am drinking 83 ounces of water a day and counting out 1200 calories and showing up here every day to write it all down and get you guys to hold me accountable. That is why I come here every day and read your stories too. To see how you are doing, encourage you, learn from you.
I never thought I could be a "blogger"....now I wonder why I ever thought that...?
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