A friend of mine just said, “Everyone has their own path in life. You can’t compare yourself to anyone else.” That’s a nice thought. But what if I’m comparing my current 30 year-old self to say, my 24 year-old self? Mentally, yes, I’m a hair further along. But physically, I’ve regressed and that’s putting it nicely. You might also say my abs have turned to mush. Or at least, they’re hiding under a warm blanket of mush. I’m 6’0″ and 180 pounds, which doesn’t sound that bad, but it’s a soft 180. Trust me, I could do a 5000 word post on my lack of fitness, but there’ll be plenty of self-loathing as this blog develops.
So what is this blog anyway? Well, the editor at Cure Talk asked me to contribute a few times per month, but the joke’s on them because I don’t actually know much about health! Ok, they knew that going in. I think the point is for me to explore health issues as they relate to my life as an average dude. For example, my father died on January 5th from a massive heart attack at 59 years old. If I were to blog about that I could do a few different things.
I could write about how it’s a wake-up call, especially in light of the fact that my father’s father died of a massive heart attack at 46. I could say that the desire to get in shape has taken on more urgency. I could also use it to encourage people my age to talk to their aging parents more about their health. That’s not something my dad and I did very often. I didn’t know if he was getting regular check-ups (turns out he wasn’t).
Didn’t mean to get you down. My mom’s still alive! So’s her mom at 96! More on my extended family later. I know you’re interested. Whatever I write about, I’ll always try to tie it, however loosely to some kind of clinical research. I hope that you’ll give me feedback and ask questions. I’m here to learn too.
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