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  • Abs & Aerobics

    The ab routine today consisted of 250 repetitions, 30 oblique twists, 40 4 minute ab crunches, and 30 V-ups to accompany the 150 situps I do on the exercise ball. They were preceded by 50 stretches prescribed by my therapist, and followed by 20 minutes on the Gazelle with the accompaniment of Mr. Billy Idol. Hit the switch and crank it, Rockers...enjoy!

    It's been a while since I talked about why I am doing this. The truth of the matter is: To get in shape and stay in shape. The alternative is to grow way too old way too fast.

    When we're teenagers, there is something in our minds that thinks we are immortal. Death and Disabilities are things that happens to other people, not me. Even when we lose friends to accidents or disease, there is a curtain that comes down when it comes down in our minds to shield us from the thought of it ever happening to us.

    But when we get into our 30's, our perception is suddenly shifted to realize it could be us. With every passing decade, the realization hits home more often, until when we get in our 50's and 60's, we watch those whom we once called friends let themselves go, with the excuse of “Oh well, I'm ___, I'm not a kid anymore.”

    To which I respond, “Then quit acting like one”. Folks, when I was a kid, diabetes was an almost unknown disease, something rare that only a few people had. Now, I walk in to any doctor's waiting room and see at least three magazines devoted to the subject of diabetes. And we aren't talking about early onset juvenile diabetes, we're talking about the grown up variety. The one most often associated with being overweight and under exercised.

    Now, granted, there are some other factors involved. Most specifically diet. You can't eat like a kid anymore. And fast food of the McDonald's genre? Might as well hang a sign around your neck that says “I don't care how I look”. Yes, I know they have salads, too, but honestly, do you really think people walk into McDonald's to buy a salad on a regular basis? Please.

    You can take care of yourself now, or pay the price later. And the price will be a lot higher than you want, believe me. You're not only costing yourself quantity of life, but quality of life. And by the way, there is no “cure” for diabetes. There are treatments. But the disease itself is degenerative. And it is not a pleasant way to go.

    I hope you had a blessed and aware day.


    PS: Yesterday's photo was way out of focus, so here's a better one.

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