I’m going to get all philosophical on you for a moment. Why do you eat healthfully?
Until recently, my passion for health and fitness was driven by looking and feeling better. And I’ll be honest (and slightly vain)…it was more the former than the latter. But then this PCOS business surfaced and I had this sudden shift in priorities. My health is now of concern.
As someone who until recently had a clean bill of health, I’ve started thinking about my “mission” to live to be happy and healthy to 100 years of age (and beyond), if it’s in God’s plans. Just like the marathon experience “moves me” (no pun intended), so does longevity and age. Growing up, every Sunday morning as families piled out of the sanctuary after service, there was always a little old lady handing out Tootsie Rolls. Of course I loved this as a little kid, and then I got to be a brat and was “too cool” to take the little old lady’s candy and avoided her by taking the back stairs (I mean, it’s so not good for street cred to be kind to elders, you know), and then as I matured into my teenage years, I thought she was just the cutest thing and graciously accepted her weekly Tootsie Roll and cheek squeeze. This woman lived to be over 100 years old, 102 I do believe. And she was handing out Tootsie Rolls to the church-goers til the end of her days. In her later years, I had developed so much admiration and respect for her. I mean, 102, and a Tootsie Roll fairy? Rock on! And it wasn’t until she passed and was no longer seen outside the sanctuary doors that I realized what an impact she had on my life. Her impact was so subtle, but over the course of 20 years she taught me the importance of health, happiness, and longevity…through Tootsie Rolls.
My mom will probably laugh when she reads how much this little old lady meant to me, but it’s true. She inspired me to want to live to be 100. And beyond.
When I was diagnosed with PCOS, one of my first thoughts was, “I hope I can still live to be 100…while being happy and healthy all the while.” I know that eating to control my condition is what will get me there. And I am discussing this today because my blood sugars are STILL not where I want them to be. But I won’t give up hope — I want to live to be 100, happy, and healthy.
Question: How old do you want to live to be? Why do you do what you do diet-wise? If you follow a healthy lifestyle, what is your motivation?