Leaving the doctor’s office that day, I knew that I would have to change the way I had been living soon, or risk my life changing drastically forever. I decided I would try to walk a little bit every day and a few miles a couple times a week. So far I have done a pretty good job of keeping a consistent routine.
Next month I will celebrate my first wedding anniversary and I have gained some weight in the past twelve months. Right now my short-term goal is to get back to the weight I was on my wedding day — that would be a good first step. My next goal is to get back into a couple pairs of work pants and some jeans that I have “outgrown” over the last few years.
I am smart enough to know I cannot eliminate every risk factor that I face, but I can work to control their effects. I have already taken a few steps to start on a road to improvement and I hope to continue with the progress I have made. I know that changing my life may be hard in the short term, but the long-term benefits will be worth it.
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