When I was in my 40s... and even after I turned 50... I was complacent.
I had aches and pains... I lost physical strength.. I battled depression
And I accepted it
as normal aging.... and I
gave in to it because of its inevitability.
But I found that as I used my body less
and fed it whatever was around
I grew fluffier and heavier ... and was able to DO less and less
and felt worse and worse.
I realized that every day, I was choosing Old Age... whatever that means .. and I don't want to choose that sooner than I have to. And I won't lie to myself and be a victim of my own behavior.
I choose to move anyway. In spite of the pain.
if I'm going to hurt anyway...
won't I be happier if I can continue to do what I want to do?
10 years later
I look around at my peers
So many of whom can no longer walk unaided
who have contracted obesity-related illnesses [that we call inevitable]
who are on tons of medications
who are losing their health quickly.
And who cannot even conceive of a 3 mile hike.... or travel to another country... or a trip to anywhere a vehicle can't go...
What most people don't realize is that it's a daily choice.
A choice to walk even when your back hurts
A choice to forego cake and eat lettuce
A choice to walk instead of watch tv
A choice to stand instead of sit
Perhaps overweight immobility is inevitable in my future too
But not today
and not with my help.
If I can stave it off another 20 years or so..... until I'm in my 80s or later..... by eating vegetables and taking walks
I WANT the power to choose. I WANT to control my own destiny. Through mundane daily choices.
I choose to fight my fears and my pain... and keep moving.
I have a lot of ADVENTURES ahead.....