Life expectancy, in its simplest form means, the number of years that an individual is expected to live as determined by statistics. I used a standard life expectancy calculator online recently and was astounded by what I found.
In less than two years I have gained 33 years of life expectancy! I took all of my stats from February of 2009 and compared them to my present stats. At over 350 pounds I had a little over ten years left in my life and my life expectancy number was 65. Presently, I am hovering between 218-221 and in the best physical shape of my life. Currently I am projected to have 43 years of life expectancy left in my tank! My life expectancy is now 98 years old! By changing my lifestyle in 2009 I have managed to add 33 years to my life expectancy. Will this be a good enough reason to stay on my journey!?
It should be a good enough reason to take care of ME! Within this new life expectancy number I expect to live a quality life. A life that will lead to health and happiness. It is up to ME to design my happiness and continue my journey of health and fitness. It is up to me to continue to reinforce the healthy habits I have established over the past 23 1/2 months and distance myself from the unhealthy habits I developed over the previous 32 years of my adult life.
I now firmly believe and know I can control much of my own destiny. I can do this with God's continued guidance and my belief that reflecting on HAW (Honesty- Attitude- Water) each morning will reinforce the positive habits and help shape the path for a healthier happier destiny.
Oh, one other thing that helps me through each day is the first line of The Serenity Prayer:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Note to ME and YOU: Have the Courage to Change the Things I Can!