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The Real Me

I know that some of you missed my posts and others sent messages to see how I was doing. Thank you! It has been a really tough season.

It has been tough to stay fit as well.

Five weeks ago, my wife and I left our apartment where the psycho landlord lived downstairs (who we had to take to court for harassing us). We felt safer in a hotel. Needless to say, moving is hard enough, harder when you can't park a truck to load it.

Hotel living isn't all that great and your food choices are pretty much out of control.

The stress, lack of sleep, long hours trying to manage work, moving, logistics, housing, and stay sane wasn't easy. All this led to an unhealthy lifestyle. I started skipping runs, finishing meals at a restaurant which I usually would have brought half home...

You probably think I am going to obsess about weight gain. I did gain a few pounds. OK, 10.

It is worse than that. Two weeks ago, I ended up in the ER with a very serious viral infection; not unlike the one which caused me to have congestive heart failure 2011. This one, decided to produce stroke symptoms. 

Painful. Scary.

They rushed me in for a cat scan. Scared my wife. Fortunately the severe headache, one which made it so I could hardy see, was caused by something less damaging than a stroke or aneurysm.

Some pain killers and I was much better.

I turned 60 in the middle of all this. I am still in a hotel part-time (still working in MA), but we finally have a home in Virginia. That is a dream come true.

When I am there, I get to live on the water.

So what's the moral of the story? You have to take care of yourself. If you don't, you'll get sick. If you don't work on being fit, you'll get sick. Maybe not right away, but sooner of later.

Be fit. Don't get sick.

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Why Can't We Just Accept It, That...

You've met them. Some of them are your MFP friends, and others are in real life. They are people who can't see that they are in trouble with their weight and ultimately their health. And worst of all, you could be one of those that continue to give yourself permission to avoid the reality.

You know that you are in denial when:

- The doc says you need to lose weight, and you think, I don't look that bad.

- Your insurance company gives you $600 a year in savings for doing their health rewards program and you think about all the food you could buy with it.

- You buy a selfie stick to get the best aerial shot for your Facebook profile pic.

- You say that if God had wanted you to exercise and touch your toes, He would have put them higher up on your body.

- Your favorite pants don't fit, and you blame your spouse for washing them in hot water and then drying then on high.

- You go to the coffee shop and tell the cashier the coffee is for you, and the donuts are for your pet Fighting Fish, when the truth is it's the other way around.

- You go to an "all you can eat" restaurant or buffet because you have invested in their stock.

- You eat whatever you like because you get a lot of exercise - pushing the buttons on the remote.

- You heard that there were two pieces of cake in the fridge, and think how sad it is that you missed one.

- Instead of looking at the size tag on clothes, you look to see if it has elastic.

- You kick the scale, well, because it's a scale damit.

- All your vacation photos at Disney were taken at the Food Court in Epcot Center.

- You get flowers and chocolates from an admirer and throw the flowers out.

- You eat because, well, your mouth wasn't that busy at the time.

- You are out of breath just thinking about exercise.

- You go to weddings because the cake is free.

- You tell yourself this is the last pizza... today...

- You try to do a push up and discover that a number of body parts have not left the floor.

Mostly in jest... just coming back from a couple of weeks being pretty sick. 

Thanks for the votes and comments.

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