WHY BE HEALTHY

 

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To Be or Not to Be? That is the Question. As a speech major in college I met a bunch of Theater majors and some turned out to be famous. They warmed up in class asking Shakespeare’s famous question over and over. It never made sense to me, but it did to them.

I was fat from the time I was a little kid. ate six donuts at a setting and ordering at least three hot dogs at a time was a way of life. Diets were a yearly ritual from high school on. The two years in the Army took me from 230 down to 180. I was deprived of what I wanted to eat and ate and drank their way. The Army had also had morning exercise.YUCKO. I had no choice.

I accepted being fat until about age 76. I do not remember the date, but the day still sticks in my mind. “If I keep on eating and drinking like I am right now, and if I keep on spending money for pills, frenzy diets, doctor bills and health club memberships, where will I be in five years? I will be dead”.

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On June 12 2006 I made the choice to walk every day. Why did I make that decision? I want to start living a healthy life. My Dad died too soon because he chose to keep smoking. I have friends who died too early from eating bad food. The food and drink industry does not force us to eat the crap. We chose to do it. Politicians now have added a Sin Tax for selling drinks with too much sugar. You and I have friends and love ones who still drink them, just like they still smoke.

I have changed since June 12,2006. The most I have ever weighed was 254. My weight varies now between 153 and 163. My blood pressure was as high as 204/103. Now it goes between 95/56 to 136/67. I breath, walk, sleep, drink and eat differently. My life is different. I made that choice. Here are the four questions I asked me and have been answering them every day since.

WHY will I change?

I want to live a long and healthy life style

HOW will I change?

I will concentrate on Water Food Walking and Sleep

WHAT do I do?

I drink a bit more water every day. I seldom have a sugar drink.

Eating five or more fresh or fresh frozen fruits and veggies is a daily happening for me.

I walk briskly for 10 to 40 minutes every day.

I sleep seven or more hours a day.

Why do I do what I do?

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My passion is for all of us to live a healthy lifestyle.

 

 


WHY I DO WHAT I DO

 

As a kid in grade school until June 12, 2006 I have been up and down from plump to overweight to fat. Reality set in during the 1990s. My blood pressure got to 204/103 and the scales hit 254. I was Obese and out of excuses.

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Then came “that day” in Panama City, Florida. I was up at 5:30 to watch the Iron Man race start with a two-mile swim, then hurry to the start of the 115-mile bike ride, eat, ride my car to watch some of the race, eat and then take my daily afternoon nap. . I woke up too soon, and looked in that mirror. I walked out into that beautiful Gulf of Mexico. I still was in shock. I remember what I said.

“If I keep on drinking and eating like I am right now, and keep spending big bucks for pills, docs, stupid diets, and weird food, where will I be in five years?"

I WILL BE DEAD.

Years ago I was a motivational speaker. I never really admitted that very few companies want to hire fat motivational speakers. I gave me my punch line  right there in that water up over my knees.

“I can’t do everything, but I can do something. I will do something I know I can do."

I WILL WALK..

I started walking about 5 minutes a day and just a bit more every day. I got better, keeping records, using running shoes, competing in 5 K's, and eating healthier food.  That dang mirror proved I was getting better and it started to show. I have walked over 27 million steps and have never missed a day.

The four things we all require to stay alive are Water, Food, Motion ( I chose to Walk to be in motion) , and Sleep. It is so simple.  I started on June 12, 2006, and never missed drinking Water, eating Food, taking a Walk, and Sleep every night. If you stop doing any or all of those four things every day you will die within a  few months.

 

Why are 70% of Americans overweight, obese, or medically obese? The cure is simple.

Start today and drink more water and less sugar drink. Drink more water and a lot less sugar drink. Drink water and no sugar drink. I have not a sugar drink in three years.

Eat five or more fresh or frozen fruits and veggies every day, and cut out more processed food every day.

Walk BRISKLY and work up to 20 to 40 minutes every day for the rest of your life. I have not missed one day since June 12,2006 and the Mirror tells me so.

Sleep seven or more hours every day. My smartphone needs recharged every day 2016-03-05 09.59.46 and so does my body.

 If just two of you do what I do, and get two to do what you do, and we do it 6 times, that is 64 of us who chose healthy living over sickness, illness and chronic disease. On the seventh time that is 128 of us, and on the thirtieth time of this WATER FOOD WALK SLEEP (WAFOWASL) journey that is FIVE MILLION who look in that mirror and smile.

 


NUTS ARE GREAT SNACKS

NUTS AND FRESH FROZEN OR FRESH FRUITS AND VEGGIES KEEP YOU HEALTHY

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THE MIRROR SEES ME AS I AM

 

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As a kid in grade school until June 12, 2006 I have been up and down from plump to overweight to fat. Reality set in during the 1990s. My blood pressure got to 204/103 and the scales hit 254. I was obese and out of excuses.

Then came “that day” in Panama City, Florida. I was up at 5:30 a.m. to watch the Iron Man race start with a two-mile swim, then I hurried to the start of the 115-mile bike ride, ate a big breakfast, rode to watch some of the race, ate a humongous lunch and then took my daily afternoon nap.  I woke up too soon, and looked in that dang mirror. I walked out into that beautiful Gulf of Mexico.  I remember what I said.

“If I keep on drinking and eating like I am right now, and keep spending big bucks for pills, docs, stupid diets, and weird food, where will I be in five years?

I WILL BE DEAD.

Years ago I was a motivational speaker. I never really admitted that very few companies want to hire fat motivational speakers. That experience gave me my punch line right there in that water upover my knees. “I can’t do everything, but I can do something. I will do something I know I can do. I WILL WALK.”

I started walking about 5 minutes a day and then just a bit more every day. I got better, keeping records, using running shoes, competing in 5ks, and started eating healthier food.  That dang mirror proved I was getting better and it started to show.

The four things we require to stay alive are water, food, motion (I chose to walk to be in motion) , and sleep. It is simple.  I started on June 12, 2006, and never missed drinking water, eating healthy food, taking a walk, and getting at least seven hours of sleep every day. If you stop doing any or all of those four things every day you will die within a month.

Why are 70% of Americans overweight, obese, or medically obese? The cure is simple and just about every one of us can do it. Get up every morning and make it happen.

Start today and drink more water and less sugar drink. Drink more water and a lot less sugar drink. Drink water and no sugar drink. You will stop drinking sugar drinks and enjoy water instead.

Eat five or more fresh or frozen fruits, veggies and nuts every day, and cut out more processed food.

Walk briskly and work up to 20 to 40 minutes every day for the rest of your live. I have not missed one day since June 12,2006 and the mirror shows the proof.

Sleep seven or more hours every day. My smartphone needs recharged every day and so does my body.

If just two of you do what I do, and get two to do what you do, and we do it 6 times, that is 64 of us who chose healthy living over sickness, illness and chronic disease. On the seventh time that is 128 of us, and on the 30th time this WATERFOOD WALK SLEEP (WAFOWASL) journey there are over FIVE MILLION people who look in that mirror, smile and begin a healthy life