My dad and his wife came down today and offered to take me to dinner after my grueling day at the garage sale where we made pitiful money 🙁
We went to Golden Coral – a buffet style place.
My father and I headed off to the salad bar for our first plateful. The similarities ended there. We all made totally different choices when it came to the food items. But we at least started off with a heaping plate of fruits and vegetables.
While we were at dinner, my step-mom said that my dad was not active enough since he retired. She said that he eats a couple pieces of toast in the morning, a lite dinner, and some ice-cream later at night, and he’s gaining weight even though he hardly eats anything.
Well of course – he normally ate a lot throughout the day, and now his body thinks he’s starving. Now it’s saving up in the form of fat. Add to that his inactivity and he can be headed for some real problems real quick.
It’s a very common misconception that if you eat less you’ll lose weight. All you’re really doing is slowing your metabolism down to a crawl.
Eat all day. Make sure to make the bulk of your food choices healthy foods. Get some exercise. It’s really as simple as that.
Another misconception is that as you get older, you naturally gain weight. It’s not the fact that you’re getting older that is making you gain weight. As we get older, we have fewer physical demands. We’re not chasing around small kids. Jobs usually demand less as we get older and more established. And then when we retire, most people are less active than ever. Add to that – once the kids are grown, many people let their heatlhy eating habits slide – right at the time when your health depends on it.
It has little to do with your age. It’s your habits that have changed.
What do you think would happen if you actually ate your 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables and got some exercise everyday?
Well, you could be thin and healthy and full of energy like me. I’m just a couple years away from being able to start getting senior discounts at some places. I have a hard time fathoming that. Me, a senior citizen? No way. It’s not possible!
And then there’s Big Al. He’s an older man who walks around the neighborhood talking everyone’s ear off. I find him very intersting. You always get a history lesson. He talks mostly about jobs he’s worked, starting during Hitler. He was bragging today that he can see without glasses, he can hear just fine, he has 2 arms and legs that work fine. He will be 87 in September. (don’t tell him that I told you how old he really is)
You have a choice.
You don’t have to be a saint, but there are certain rules that you DO have to keep if you want a higher quality of life.
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