The struggle to maintain weight affects many of us. This struggle is particularly important to baby boomers who potentially face a mountain of healthcare problems and their associated costs in retirement. The U.S. has the most expensive healthcare system in the world (but sadly not the best care) and the tide has still not turned.
I’ll bet there are tens of millions of baby boomers who take medication – e.g., statins – to control serum cholesterol levels. For several years I was one of them. Now I wonder if statins are the wrong solution for the wrong problem.
One of the benefits of publicly writing about baby boomers and retirement is that I receive press releases and emails about new books, products and services that may of interest to those who read here. I read all of them and in a few cases, I request additional information about something that appeals to me. That was the case recently when I received a press release about BAREFOOTERS®, a radically different shoe. The manufacturer was kind enough to send me a sample pair. I have worn them now for almost two months. I really like them. You might also. I will tell you why.
A short piece in the New York Times prompted me to follow-up with a brief “mental health” story about me. First, let me propose to you that almost everyone of us – boomers and elders included – could benefit from an occasional mental health check-up and tune-up.
When I weighed myself this morning, I was within the range of typical fluctuation around my high school weight of 165 pounds. This was the goal I established on January 2. I have lost 26 pounds in three months. I have also met another goal: I can now fit comfortably in pants having a 32″ waist, the size I wore all through high school, early adulthood, and again 18 months ago before I started all of my stress eating. (Again, not bragging here but trying to motivate others.) However, I am not stopping my weight loss plan just yet.
One key item on my personal transformation agenda over the past 14 months has been mindfulness meditation. I developed my personal meditation practice somewhat by accident. In February 2012 I met a psychotherapist who also happened to be a serious Zen practitioner. That encounter caused to me to begin reading about Zen Buddhism which, as you may know, places meditation at the center of its practice.
I continue to progress on my weight loss plan. I lost another 9 pounds in February. (I hope these reports are more motivating than they are boring!)
Not trying to boast here – just trying to stay motivated and perhaps help kick start a reader who wants to improve their personal health platform for a better retirement. I’ve made some progress. Read more
I like Dr. Mercola’s newsletter because he regularly brings some new information to light about our health, including how to measure it. Today he introduced a simple longevity test that you can take at home in about 30 seconds. Curious? I sure was and I took the test myself. So can you.
At age 62, and being married to someone with significant health problems, I am acutely aware of the lifestyle impairment and expense issues associated with poor health and old age. This is one reason why I am trying to do a better job now with my own health, to avoid or at least significantly delay health-related problems in my own life.