When I was 39 I applied for a life insurance policy and had to take a physical. My blood pressure was borderline high and I was 50 pounds heavier. I barely passed the physical. Less than a year later I ended up in the hospital after passing out while driving my family out of town on Memorial weekend. I did manage to get the car safely to the side of the road and in park before I passed out. The pain in my chest was the subtle clue that prompted me to get to the side of the road. I did not have a heart attack but I did certainly get a very clear glimpse into my future if I did not change my past. But I could not change the past that had created my present. However, I did have control over my present, which I vowed to change one thing at a time. I knew that if I changed my present then my future-past would be completely altered and my past-future would be much brighter. Get all that?
My life’s work centers around getting you, the reader, to not wait until you are hospitalized in order to take a hard look at your future. I want you to change your present to alter your future. One way to look at your future is to look at your parents, or perhaps look at people you know who have led similar lifestyles as yourself. Or just use your imagination based upon what we know are good and bad things for a healthy future.
Do you not drink enough water? - Drink more.
Are you overweight? – Lose weight.
Do you not exercise enough? – Exercise more.
Do you smoke? – Stop.
Do you not take supplements? – Start.
Do you drink too much alcohol? – Stop.
Do you drink too much soda? – Stop.
Do you have a bad diet? – Clean it up.
Some will argue, “You don’t know how hard it is to _____ (fill in the blank).” Yes I do. With the exception of smoking, which I have never done, I personally did all of the above things, one at a time. I do not accept that you cannot do whatever you put your mind to. You can. If I can so can you. I am no stronger than you. In most cases the only difference between us is that I have been hospitalized for my lifestyle, while hospitalization is still in your future. But the odds are it will come.
You may notice that none of the above are related to chiropractic. For that I will just add two things that I do that you should, get adjusted weekly for the rest of your life and do my disc pump exercises every day. Make these changes to your present and your future will be much healthier. To accomplish them ask about my “Just One More Thing” plan.
Which controls your future, your strengths or your weaknesses??