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My 70th Birthday Gift To Myself.

I’ll be 69 in 6 days, 70 isn’t far ahead and I’m amazed at how much I’ve aged in the past 9 years.  At 60, it seemed like I was in pretty good shape to do most of what a male spouse has always been able to do around the house, albeit from the seat of a wheelchair.

 But then, I have spent 3 winters in the high country altitude of Gauteng, where we have moved to, of necessity, and my mindset, is a soul-deep yearning for my vacation city, sunny Durban, 600 miles away to the east. Coming here was probably the worst thing I could physically have done to myself, because I ate and drank from the year-round frosty nights, and harsh winters, eating as if tomorrow was the end, and I put on 50 lbs in 3 years.

That is like hitting a wall in life, and by carrying this belly-pack of blubber, I tire myself out easier, and even worse, my leg joints have become severely impacted by all the extra weight my one good leg, the left one at that, now has to carry. So now, even though I earnestly want to, I can’t do what I could 3 years ago.

This last quarantined winter, I got sick and tired of being sick and tired, of my radically-impaired range, so I’m now eating way less, since June, and have started eating less than 1500 calories a day. It is now September 6, and I have lost about 15 lbs. The first 4 weeks were hell, especially at mealtime, but once I made a habit of simply eating less, twice a day, it has become my new way of life.

Where the cold had broken down my will power, and I ate like a starving man, I now enjoy my calories, knowing that I am improving my life, bit by bit, and will wake up slimmer tomorrow or the day after. Note, waking up fatter is a lousy way to start your day, so if you want to try what I’m doing, remember this song.

I’ve decided that if I can keep my current mindset, I will also ultimately keep slimming down, and by the time I’m 70, I will hope to have lost the 50 lbs I gained.

 I suspect that will be like giving myself a new lease on life. I still ache from standing, but my range is longer, and I can breathe better, which I never would have suspected, and if I do this thing, not only will I get a renewed body but some new threads that fit as well.

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