I am overweight.
I have been overweight my whole life, and I have done battle with the scale for as long as I can remember.
I have to admit, however, that when I was younger, my weight did not bother me as much. As a matter of fact, I was pretty strong as a result of carrying around extra pounds, and I liked that. Now that I am in my fifties, however, I am paying the price for not taking wellness and fitness more seriously. I should have been more adamant about finding time to get to the local gym and getting in some workout classes, cardio, weightlifting or yoga classes. I was always too busy, though. I was working full-time, going to school part-time for much of my life, raising a family, and living in a rural area that really had no certified gym. Now, I am regretting my decisions not to place more emphasis on health and wellness. I am the only one left in my family who does not have diabetes. I have arthritis in my neck, back, hips, and knees, and let me tell you, life is painful. It is now imperative that I get the weight off and keep it off, so I have reached out to my doctor. He has told me that workout plans and going to the local gym are all important, but recent evidence suggests that the most important part of a weight loss plan is what you eat and don’t eat. Therefore, he has written me a prescription for nutritional counseling. The hospital here has nutritional counseling as part of its diabetes education program, but because I do not have diabetes, the insurance company won’t pay for it.