My friend’s massive heart attack has given me an impetus to get healthy. She told me once in the hospital that I absolutely had to lose weight to not end up in the same situation. I told her the last time I saw her that I agreed with her and was going to get healthy.
“Kim,” she said matter-of-factly. “This is absolute hell. I’ve been in and out of hospitals and have so many problems. Don’t end up like this. Please get healthy.”
And she was right. In addition to heart problems, my friend was diabetic and had developed really swollen legs in recent years. She thought it might be Lymphedema, but I don’t know if it actually was. Any way you look at it, we engaged in some terribly unhealthy habits together. Those habits killed her, but I’m still here and can change them, as she told me to do.
We are a generation that has terrible habits. And the younger generations are not much better, according to an article on BBC.com. One out of ten teens is obese in the UK.
How much worse is it in the US?
What does being obese put you at risk for, you wonder? The article says Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Type 2 Diabetes and strokes.
My dad’s cousin died of colon cancer. Dad is absolutely convinced that he developed it due to his diet. My friend informed me that kidney dialysis due to diabetes is a bitch, plain and simple. My dad had a stroke. Not fun either.
I began the quest to get healthy before she passed away. I began swimming, which I really do enjoy. I did that for about a month and realized it wasn’t raising my heart rate enough to even consider it exercise. So, I’m now walking.
I began a simple walking trail a few days ago. It’s a walk down the street, turn into the dam, walk a little through the park and go up the hill and walk home. It takes me roughly 38 minutes to do it right now, and man, do I ever sweat!
I guess I’m doing something right though! I’m exercising! See? 🙂
I switch it up some days and go a shorter amount of time. I think that’s fine, as long as I keep up a habit of exercise.
Other habits need to be introduced also, but I think it’s important that I’ve begun exercising. Food habits need to be introduced.
I had a talk today with my primary doctor about what was happening. She was happy to hear that I’m consistently walking. She now said my food choices need to improve also. Agreed.
Does anyone have any healthy food ideas for me to try? I need them. I would like them.
I’ll continue on with exercising in the meantime.