It all started with a pair of jeans that were just a wee bit too tight.
I noticed almost absentmindedly about a month ago that I had to do the dreaded sucking in of the stomach just to button my favorite pair of jeans. Obviously my lack of exercise during the scorching summer was coming back to haunt me. Then I had my annual physical and realized I had gained almost 10 pounds in just a few months. Not to mention my cholesterol was creeping up into the 200s again.
I’m cursed with some bad genetics that make my family a cardiovascular nightmare, and my high cholesterol was discovered when I was only 9 years old. Regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet have always been enough to keep my cholesterol within acceptable limits, but falling off of both the exercise and the healthy diet during the summer was enough to send my cholesterol into the unhealthy range.
After a stern lecture from my primary care physician I realized that while my current lifestyle was unhealthy for me, it was also setting a really bad example for my kids. I had to make changes. There is no better time than now. Fall is here. The weather is cooling down, and there are no excuses to stop me from making healthy, smart choices part of my everyday life.
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