If you’re anything like me your family is the most important thing in your life. My wife and I have been married for over a quarter century. We reside in the Pacific Northwest and we believe it to be one the most beautiful places on earth. Additionally, It is a terrific place to raise kids. We raised our three children here. They grew up exploring the mountains and beaches of the great northwest. Now as adults they have a great love an appreciation for the great outdoors.
In this day and age it’s not any easier to be a man. We have so many demands on us. Many of us are working longer hours than ever. Our wives/partners and kids really depend on us to be there for them in this ever-changing world. Our stress levels seem to grow and grow. We enjoy a relatively high standard of living but at what cost? We are working longer and longer hours it is harder and it is harder to make ends meet. There are so many pressures on us. The last thing in the world we need to be sick and unhealthy. Our families can’t afford for us to be home sick.
Growing up my dad had amazing energy. He was constantly on the go. But when I got into my teens I saw him slow down while his health failed from the ravages of diabetes. He did not take very good care of himself. He took his health for granted. He never thought there would be a price for it. He was wrong. It would have been easy if he would have died suddenly. But instead he rotted away from diabetes. The sad thing is he had typeII which is highly treatable with diet and exercise. He did not think it would get him until it was too late. He lingered on for about eight years in agony. This left a huge impression on my. I did not want to go that way. I did not want to live in misery especially during my retirement years. I want to be healthy to be there for my family and friends and enjoy retirement.
When I was young my weight was not an issue. But as the years went by I gradually gained a few pounds here and there. Then forty happened. I started gaining weight at an alarming rate just as my dad did when he got into his forties. I knew I had to do something, I knew I had to make a change. I did not want to go down the path my dad did, and because diabetes was in my family I was at high risk. Diabetes is an epidemic in this country. It ravages your body making you more vulnerable to heart disease and strokes ect/ ect. It is serious business.
I made a quality decision. I decided to take action. I started exercising and eating better not perfect but better. I have lost thirty-five pounds and counting. Now I am less concerned about weight but more concerned about sustaining a healthy weight. And since I work out I have gained muscle which weighs more that fat. A bonus about muscle is it burns fat even when you are idle. The thing a lot of people don’t realize is that when you make eating right and exercising a habit it gets easier and you miss it when you miss your workouts or don’t eat right. I found some things that give me energy and mental alertness like never before.
This blog is dedicated to forty plus men who know they need to get healthier. Come with me on my journey. Together we can help each other get healthier and live life with more energy and gusto!