Friday, Feb 27 2009 - February 27--the last Friday in February
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I have a soapbox that is beginning to surface and I got to work on this before it gets out of hand.
Subject: Health and Moral Responsibility
I think that being as healthy as possible is everyone's responsibility. We owe it to ourselves, our families, our communities, our states and our country to be as healthy as possible. Health care costs are killing this country and it's our collective fault. Diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, tobacco-related illness are largely manageable--and manageable at the individual level. In this time of great financial crisis, it is easy for anyone to say "oh, what the hell, I can't do anything about it." But that's not true--each individual can make a tremendous contribution toward solving this problem. All any of us has to do is stop smoking and eat/exercise responsibly; take advantage of help available for diabetes management and bloop pressure control.
The decision to smoke is obvious--people choose to keep smoking just like they could choose to stop. I'm not saying it's easy to quit, but "not quitting" is a choice people make. If it was important enough to an individual, s/he'd stop. Staying fat is also a choice. People may have gained weight over time and it just caught up with them, but staying fat is a choice. If someone wants to lose weight bad enough, if the stakes are great enough, s/he can lose weight. All it takes is the determination and discipline to eat less of whatever they normally eat--even if their normal fare is McDonalds. Again it's not easy, but doable for most people.
As a nation, it seems we have decided it is our RIGHT to be fat and use tobacco. Well, perhaps it's legal, but it's far from RIGHT. We can do better than this!
This year I plan to practice what I preach. I WILL weigh 130 (plus/minus 5 pounds) by July 4th. That's a loss of 28 pounds in 4 months or 7 pounds a month. I CAN and WILL do this--it is my duty and responsibility to me, my family, and my country.
I'm a little embarrassed by my passion, but in spite of all the pompous rhetoric this is exactly how I feel. In this world of political correctness and philosophical pap, it seems wrong somehow to voice any strongly-held beliefs--it's easier to just go with the flow and let what happens, happen. Well, we have all gone with the flow for too long and what has happened is the economy is in the toilet. Personally, I can't do much about the banking/credit industry, but I can do my part to fix the economy--simply by managing my health responsibly and doing my part to control healthcare costs.