The Starting Line

Today is my 48th birthday.

I’m overweight and out of shape. I have high blood pressure. I have unfilled prescriptions on file for a statin and a skin cream. My joints ache more than they should. My breathing does not always come easy, and is particularly out of proportion with a minimal amount of exertion.

I’ve gained, net, 60 pounds over the past decade. I’ve nearly stopped exercising. I crave junk food and, in particular, the sweet nectar that is Mountain Dew soda.

Today is my 48th birthday. And it’s time to make some changes.

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