Today, however, is different. I’ve decided to open up and share a few things with all of you that you will hopefully use to hold me accountable. Sounds heavy doesn’t it?
It is heavy. I’ve decided that enough is enough. Over the next 52 weeks, I’m on a personal mission to lose 50 pounds by my 50th birthday, which is one year from Monday. I’ve named my campaign 50 by 50.
I’ve been fortunate in my life. First and foremost I inherited some decent genes. My grandparents lived into their 80s and 90s. My mom turned 82 this past July, and is healthy enough to not have to be on any meds. I never really got sick as a kid or an adult, and have been able to pretty much eat whatever I’ve wanted whenever I’ve wanted, which is, in part, why I am on the mission that I am today.
As each year passes me by, I’ve started to realize how fragile life can be. You undoubtedly can recall how invincible you thought you were as a teenager and probably even into your 20s. Since I didn’t become a father until age 38, I think that mindset lasted a little longer for me. With two young children, ages 9 and 5, that I look at every day and thank God for giving them to me, I’ve come to the realization that I need to start taking better care of myself so I will be around long enough to watch my grandchildren grow up.
I’m also fortunate that I have a loving wife who, I believe, wants to keep me around a few more years, and is in full support of my efforts. She is willing to eat differently and keep the fridge stocked with the healthy stuff, and get rid of those things that aren’t.
I took my first step along this journey a couple of weeks ago when I made an appointment with a doctor to make sure everything was working right before I started exercising. He confirmed that my blood pressure was great, and my heart and lungs sounded good, too. After some blood work was done, he told me that my blood sugar and cholesterol were on the low end of the high, but for a fat guy it wasn’t too bad. He didn’t really say that, but I could tell he was thinking it.
So you’re probably wondering the same thing my doctor was when I told him what I was up to – so how are going to lose your weight? I told him that I thought I was on to something revolutionary: I am going to eat less and exercise more. He laughed and said, “It’s really simple, isn’t it?” He even suggested that since I was a publisher we could write a book that consisted of two pages – one page about eating less and one page about exercising more – with a bunch of blank pages in the middle for notes.
As readers, I ask that you hold me accountable to my mission, and if you wish, offer words of encouragement , tips and support. They are fulfilling and, I hear, low calorie. Please post comments on our website or feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will keep you posted on my progress toward the end of each month with this column.