I may now be middle age, but I have gotten there with a lifestyle of exercise and nutritionally clean eating that has made me healthier than I have been in the last 30 years.
But unfortunately, I didn’t start making my lifestyle fitness and nutrition changes until October, 2008 – after a huge wake-up call that probably makes me lucky to be here today.
The day sure started normal enough, but all of a sudden at around 8:00am my heart started racing and pounding. The same thing had happened to me a couple of times before, but went away pretty quickly, without any other problems.
So, I went and lay back down and told my wife what was going on, but this time my heart rate wouldn’t slow back down and she ended up calling 911 – fast forward, and I was in an ambulance.
I can remember 3 things from that morning and 4 days in the hospital:
- Being told by the emergency room doctor that I had the fastest heart rate that he had seen for someone that didn’t have a heart attack.
- Having to have a chemically induced stress test, because I was too weak to walk on a treadmill.
- Being told by a cardiologist, after a cardioversion brought my rate back to normal that I was obese – and then asked what was I going to do about it?
And that was when my fitness and nutritional health transition plans began.
How Did My Fitness And Condition Get So Bad
To begin with, just how bad were things:
- I was lucky and never had a heart attack. I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation that my cardiologist believed could be controlled by medicine.
- I had 2 arteries that were 35% blocked – they decided not to put in stents yet.
- My weight had gone from 175 to 228
- I had lower back problems from a herniated disc that kept me from working out.
- My cholesterol was 220 with Zocor, which I had been on since my mid-20s.
And how did I get in such bad shape; I suppose my situation was similar to many other middle agers.
You come out of your 20s in good physical condition, and don’t pay attention to what is happening to it as you become so busy focusing on your career and spending time with your family.
All of a sudden [so it seems] you are in your 40s and 50s. You are working harder as your financial responsibilities have grown from that bigger house, and putting your children through college – and your fitness and nutrition take a back seat.
For myself, I had started 2 businesses that I was growing. I sold them, and then got into the high pressured and very time consuming business of money management and day trading. And then add in an injury too, and things can get pretty bad.
Middle Age And Becoming Healthy And Fit Again
Or, it’s all a number of built-in excuses for just for not prioritizing and paying the necessary attention to your long-term health, with the justification that you are too busy with your short-term objectives.
And I have to say that was the case for me.
Sure, I was very busy and had little extra time BUT:
- I didn’t need to eat so much and so nutritionally poorly that I gained 53 pounds – which was additionally dumb considering that I was on a statin because of my heart genes.
- I could have made some extra time by watching less television in the evenings, or working an hour less each day.
- My back wouldn’t let me play racquetball any more like I wanted to, but I could have walked and done some cardio.
As it has turned out, I have done a whole lot more than some dieting to lose weight, and some walking for exercise:
- I weigh 175 pounds again, and with very good nutritional habits.
- My cholesterol was just tested at 115, and without taking a statin.
- I work out most every day now, doing interval training for cardio, and weight lifting for increased strength and size.
Article By Barry