As I’ve gotten older, I’ve experienced a number of “challenges” when it comes to my overall health, fitness and wellbeing.
I don’t have the ability to do the same kind of exercises a 30 or 40 year old can. I wish I could. But the aches and pains are too much to deal with.
I have 7 grandkids. Their energy levels astonish me. Each year I find it harder and harder to keep up with them.
I used to just chalk it up to old age.
…until a random visit to the hospital turned my life upside down.
Our local hospital was putting on a free bloodwork clinic for the community.
I hadn’t been to a hospital in years. Frankly, I hate hospitals. The thought of being hooked up to oxygen machines and being fed with tubes is absolutely terrifying to me.
But my wife insisted I go. Got to keep the wife happy 🙂 so I went.
I could see in the nurse’s face when she took my blood pressure that something was wrong.
She checked it a second time.
Then a third.
Then she looked me in the eye and said “Mr. Burge, you’re going to have a stroke or a heart attack before you leave this building.”
Apparently, I was a ticking time bomb.
I was too shocked to speak. My wife began to weep.
I realized in that moment that being overweight was no longer a “luxury” I could afford.
No longer could I say “It would be nice to lose weight.”
It had come to this: lose weight, or take a short trip to the morgue.
I thought of my son Ken. He had recently turned his own high blood pressure around and lost a lot of weight.
Whatever he was doing was working.
So I picked up the phone, rang his number and said “Son, I need a miracle. What is the quickest, surest way to lose weight?”
I braced myself, expecting him to recommend brutal military workouts or some kind of starvation diet.
But all he said to do at first was to STOP eating one particular food.
I did eat a lot of this food everyday (you probably do as well), so eliminating it from my diet would take some adjustment…
Still, it seemed too easy.
But whatever he was doing was obviously working for him, so I took his advice to heart and stopped eating this food immediately.
I still can barely believe what happened next.
First, let me share with you what I learned during that life-changing conversation.
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