I have written about everything but my bowel habits (but I wouldn’t rule it out.) As someone who has always had a large collection of orange prescription bottles within arm’s length, I find it almost incredible that I have been illness and symptom free for almost four years.
I haven’t had as much as a stuffy nose, a scratchy throat, an upset stomach or a headache. Headache intensity used to be how I gauged my day.
In this time, amazingly, I haven’t come down with any type of stress related illness. And if you think the threat of jail, homelessness, bad credit, detox, divorce and the IRS aren’t stress inducers, I beg you to reconsider.
Some of my meals depended solely on my ability to find change in my couch cushions. I couldn’t even afford to feed my dog. Any one of these life changing events could provide a cancer diagnosis.
Lack of sleep will make you sick also. I used to groan myself awake to go for a run just to quell the demons. Little did I know how healthy I was making my poor, beleaguered self. I lifted weights, rode a bike for 22 miles every morning and ate sparingly…because I had no food or money.
Turns out I was on the right path. Whether I knew it or not.
Exercise begets fitness, fitness begets health. No other way to say it. When you’re walking around with extra weight, live a sedentary lifestyle, (as I did) and let your musculature atrophy, you are opening yourself up to a whole gamut of illness and disease.
If you are retirement age and looking forward to “the good years” I will tell you this, youth is wasted on the young.
You heard that right, “youth is wasted on the young.”
When we are young and dumb, everything works but we don’t know how to use it. Now that we have gained all this worldly wisdom and know how to use it, things start falling apart because of age and all the troubles that come with it.
Your health is failing, your ability to move independently disappears, your doctor is counting on you to get his kids through college and you just started on Zoloft.
I will tell you from first hand experience, it doesn’t have to be this way. Eat less, move more and progressively overload your muscles and watch the head fog disappear.
You will sleep better, feel better and enjoy the years you have worked so hard for.
Now, about my bowel habits….. 🙂