About 70% of Americans are overweight. About 30% of them are obese or medically obese. Every year, since high school I had a New Year Resolution to get “un fat”. For seven six years I moved from overweight to medically obese.
I was an expert in diets. I wrote “Give Up the Fat the Diet Fat to Fit Kit”, traveled the country giving seminars and selling the book. Finally, I took the book off the market and, quit the seminars. I got fat again.
Being a quitter was my way of live until age 76. Something happened. Not sure exactly how or why it happened, but it sure happened.
I was standing knee high in the Gulf of Mexico, after my daily afternoon nap. I started talking to myself. “If I keep on eating and drinking like I am right now and If I keep spending the bucks for magic diets, pills, doctors, and weird foods, and herbs, where will I be in five years? I will be dead.” I said it.
In that minute the words came out loud and clear. I WILL WALK.
June 12, 2006 I stared walking every day. At first, maybe five minutes at a slow pace, and then sometimes over four miles at faster than twenty minutes a mile pace. I have not missed a day. That includes two days in intensive care with busted ribs and a punctured lung. My choice of lifestyle on that day in September 2006 started as a chore, then a routine and now a way of life.
These four things happen to our body or we die in about ten to sixty days. Hydration, food, motion, sleep.
Here is the key. When we make bad choices in any or all of these four areas we are more subject to sickness, illness, and chronic disease. We chose to be a part of the 98% who live to eat.
WATER: Drink a little more water and less sugar drinks. Drink more water and very little sugar drink. Drink water and no sugar drink. You are now addicted to water, not sugar drinks.
FOOD: Eat five or more fresh or fresh frozen fruits and veggies every day and eat five or more times a day. There is no more white bread, and hardly any processed food in your diet.
WALK: Get that heart rate up at least five minus a day. Start with at least five minutes of brisk walking and get to thirty to forty. Walking Briskly every day is a habit.
SLEEP: get at least seven hours of deep sleep every day and learn to breathe deeply. It is a habit.
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That makes you a 2% er. It is a great way to live longer.