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Why did I start

Friday, January 29, 2021

Back in the '90s, I was in my 30s and working very hard at my career. In fact, all that I did was work, eat and sleep. I had a good job, and I was great at it. But I kept getting sick.

Sometime in the year 2000, I went to the doctor with yet another sore throat. My doctor was a chubby woman, probably about the same age, weight, and height as myself at the time. She didn't give me anything for the sore throat. Instead, she advised me to get some exercise. She advocated going for a 10 minute walk every day. That ticked me off. I felt like she had no right to tell me to exercise; that was not related to the issue for which I scheduled the appointment.

So I guess because I was angry, I took up the challenge. I started walking every day. I would walk out the door, walk for 5 minutes, and then turn around and walk back. Bit by bit I started to do more. At the time, 30 minutes seemed impossible. But by the end of the first month, I was walking 30 minutes every day. Shortly thereafter, I added strength training. I also started eating better, tracking my food, and weighing myself daily. By summer, I was riding a bicycle.

So that's how I started. A doctor ticked me off.
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