After my post last week on aspirations, I've been spending a lot of time thinking about why I do what I do and where I want to be. While it may sound corny it think I can summed up as:
I want to forever at a high quality life.
Firstly what does forever mean? That could be a topic for a completely different argument that could only be enhanced with copious amounts of alcohol but for the context of this opus lets define forever as "as long as possible." I was riding with someone a few weeks ago and he was talking about how he was so overweight he got "the" stomach surgery. After the surgery he lost 115 pounds and his fitness was now to the point where he was riding a 50 mile or so group ride at a moderate pace. His doctor told him the surgery added 10 to 15 years to his life. Debatable on the duration, yes but I realized that an almost 300 pound guy with suspect family cardiac history and high blood pressure is not in the best position to maximize the length of his life. So, if I compare myself today against where I would need to be to maximize my life, what would the differences be?
- My weight cannot be where it is. Doctor says that my BMI needs to be less that 30 to not be clinically obese. That means someone who is my height needs to weigh less than 230lbs.
- I take high blood pressure medicine. With the recent stress in my life, I've had to adjust the medication and not in a good way. The goal would be to not have to take any at all.
- I had to get screened for life insurance recently. One of their key indicators was waist size where a man's waist over 40 inches raised flags. I don't know how fair and valid this "rule of thumb" is because I would assume that it should be different for a man of 6'2" as compared to a man of 5'6" but lets go with it. My waist is currently well over 40". In fact, I think the last time it was less than 40" was during the Carter administration.
- Sugar - My last blood test, while not diabetic, was to the point where it might be something to keep an eye on for a while. I don't want to have to "keep an eye" on anything. Again, family history isn't helping here.
- Sleep apnea - There was a time when I did a sleep study and the doctors determined that I had sleep apnea. They gave me a machine and a mask to sleep in. I never used it but lost weight and stopped snoring (according to my wife because I have had no evidence of snoring myself). With my recent weight gain, she says I'm starting to snore again. Got to fix that too.
This is where I need to be but not how I will get there but after I do what needs to be done to live forever I still need to answer "what is a quality life?"
Stay tuned for the plan and the definition.