About 19 years ago I found myself unable to hold down my job, simply because of debilitating pain from my fingertips up to my shoulders. Not knowing exactly what was wrong, I went to the rheumatologist and was told that because rheumatoid arthritis was in our family, it was inevitable that I, too, would no doubt have this.
I had seen my sister, only three years older than myself, grow weaker and weaker from the drugs given to her for her rheumatoid arthritis. I knew I did not want to go down this path.
Fortunately, at this time of my life, I was introduced to a line of nutritional products that helped me to avoid the same path that my sister took. I made the decision at that time to commit to healthier living and not look back.
Today, 19 years later, I am in great health and prescription free. I wake up each morning so grateful for my energy and lack of any pain. I am just about to turn 70 and realize I have another life changing decision to make regarding my health.
I realize I do not want to go into my 70′s, 80′s and 90′s carrying extra weight so I am committing myself to losing 40 pounds before my 70th birthday which is February 26th, 2013. I joined the YMCA yesterday and will be beginning to exercise each morning (5:30 am!) with my daughter as well as follow a special program that provides leucine (in the shakes and snack bars) that helps to burn the fat but keep the muscle.
I now know that although genetic risk factors are known for all the chronic degenerative diseases, studies have shown that these illnesses are linked for the most part to lifestyle factors such as exercise, smoking and nutrition. Most of us lead rather sedentary lives and need fewer calories. Unfortunately with our soils low in key minerals and depleted, our fast foods certainly depleted, and our consumption of fresh green vegetables declining, we have become overfed and undernourished.
Not wanting to become a statistic of what has been coined “globalbesity”, I am committing to a new transformation ~ Not only creating a healthier BMI ~ Body mass index is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women (Go to this link to find out what yours is) but also entering my 70′s weighing 40 pounds lighter.
I would love to have some buddies along the way. Will you join me?