The Inevitable "Aha" Moment
Monday, July 25, 2011
Last week, my mom celebrated her 50th birthday... we did a surprise birthday party for her, and it was great! She had such a great time! So this morning when I was thinking about the comment that people always seem to make when I tell them my mom is 50 years old... you know, "wow! She's still young!" comment?... it occurred to me that they're right, she IS young! Thinking this made me think about that scary moment three years ago when she had a heart attack and had to have quadruple bypass surgery... at only 47 years old! A little back story here - my dad had to have triple bypass heart surgery at 49 years old. My husband and I used to joke that I've got it coming from both sides of the family, but it's okay because we have time to prepare. So this morning I was thinking about all this and realized, in the grand scheme of things, I really DON'T have that much time to prepare... I'm already pushing 30 years old. That first 30 years went by extremely fast... I can only imagine how fast the next 17-20 years will go by!
Enter "Aha" moment... yes, heart disease runs on both sides of my family and yes, each one of my family members that has had heart surgery has had to have it done somewhere between the 46-52 year old mark. So while logically, there's a good chance the heart disease will catch up with me... there are things I can do right now to try to push that back a few years down the road or who knows, push it off the road all together!
So I ask myself, what's more important? Sitting outside enjoying the temporary fix in the smoker's section at lunch? Eating that cheeseburger after a late night at the bar? Simply existing in this world while life passes me by? OR taking control of my life and actually LIVING it? Doing something proactive with my life and health so I'll be around for my daughter/husband and not put them through the stress of having a parent/spouse endure open heart surgery?
I find THIS to be much better motivation to get in shape than solely wanting to lose weight in order to fit back into my size 4 pants that I refuse to throw away! Bring on the gym clothes, running shoes, and salads. It's GO time!!!