I was SO meant to be born in SoCal (that’s ‘Southern California’ for all you folks who aren’t as hip as me… the fact that I still use the term ‘hip’ proves me otherwise) where the weather is permanently niiiice. Once I get over my initial mourning period for the loss of summer however I do actually enjoy the fall season. I love all the fresh produce, pulling out warm p.j.’s, long walks enjoying the fall colours.
So, of course this has to lead somewhere…the long walks. Had one the other day with hubby. Every 18 months or so I ask him what he does and I honestly make a very concerted effort to pay attention. (I remember years ago when a girlfriend asked me what he did I chirped ‘he’s a portfolio manager’! Case closed. Well doesn’t she go ask what that meant…WTFudge? No one ever asked that?! I looked at her blankly and said ‘go ask your dad’…). But this time I was determined to show an interest. I knuckled down and really focused as he started to talk about derivatives, hedge funds, price earnings ratios, long-term investments and blah blah blah…admit it you are just as bored. You can see why this sets my mind to wanderin’…
So as he continued to thoroughly explain, I nodded my head every once in a while, said ‘mhmmm…’ and started to think about investments and the here-and-now. When you get to a certain age, you start to think more and more about the long-term right? So we hopefully have all worked hard, planned a little, saved a little. I mean we all want to enjoy the better things in life: a comfortable home, some nice vacations during the brutal winter months, three-ply TP. But what are we doing about the short-term? What are we doing for the here-and-now? What are we doing to ensure that we will be around to enjoy the long-term investment?
We all know what it takes. Its simple math even for a simple nurse :). As Dr. O’Brien would say ‘eat a small amount of good food slowly’. That 8 word mantra for healthy living applies to everyone banded or not. It’s ‘eat less move more’…banded or not that’s what we have to do.
We have been programmed to believe that we are not getting our fair share, not getting our money’s worth unless we are served massive portions of food off of mammoth platters disguised as dinner plates in restaurants. Most of us were unfortunately pre-programmed as children that we had to clear our plates. We have stopped recognizing the importance of getting active for 30 minutes a day. This should not be considered a lifestyle option, it should be considered a lifestyle MUST. Just like brushing our teeth, walking the dog and listening to our spouse ramble. I honestly can’t understand why, if you have the ability to move your body you don’t take advantage of that gift. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE. NO ONE is that busy. It is imperative to move our bodies (vigorously!) at minimum 30 minutes a day. This improves heart health, lung function, psychological well-being, sexual well-being (that got your attention ;))…there is nothing bad about it. It doesn’t have to be 30 minutes of hard cardio all at once. 10 minutes 3 x daily is just as effective. Now tell me honestly you don’t have time for that!
In order to reap the benefits of long-term investments we have to focus on the here and now. We can’t put our health on the back burner, we can’t wait until tomorrow because tomorrow may never come. Not if we don’t take care of ourselves today.
If you are eating well and exercising daily then a HUGE high-five to you and KEEP UP THE AWESOME JOB!! It’s not easy but when you look at is a gift rather than an obligation or punishment…it can actually become quite enjoyable! If you are not, then it’s time to give your head a shake and start. Anyone who has undergone bariatric surgery has made a very large investment: a physical, psychological, emotional, not to mention financial investment. If you are not benefiting from this investment ask yourself why. Is it your band? Is it properly adjusted? Are you using it to its full potential? Are you utilizing the support that your clinic offers? Do you need further support, maybe from a counsellor? Time does not wait and investments won’t grow and flourish unless they are cared for.
So as we came to the end of our walk I’m sure it was evident that I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about but that really didn’t matter. What was more important was that we were outside, enjoying the fresh air, the fall colours and working on our short-term, long-term and here-and-now investments. Next time someone asks me what my husband does I think I’ll just say ‘he’s a tax auditor’… that should prevent the conversation from going too much further :).
Yours in health, ‘wealth’ and happiness,