Saturday, January 10, 2009
An old House?
I've been thinking a lot lately about what it feels like to age physically.
Frankly, some days I feel like an 'old house' in need of a total renovation.
Above is a picture of a home built in 1948 -- same year I was born. Now, if you bought a home that old I'm sure it would need some work. The first thing you'd probably do is to have it checked over by a licensed building inspector; then prioritize the recommended repairs.
My challenge to you this year is to do the same for your body!!
Just like a building inspector would look over that old house, you need to have a doctor thoroughly inspect you. If you don't have a primary care physician, start by asking your friends to recommend one. Personally, I have always found the best doctors through a word-of-mouth referral. Then immediately schedule a complete physical. You need a baseline of your health before you can make any improvements. If there are specific problems requiring a specialist, then ask the doctor to recommend someone they would trust enough to operate on them.
If you're reading this and over 50 -- demand a colonoscopy! UGH -- I know everyone hates to even think about that test. Just do it now!! One of my best friends put it off until she was 60 and unfortunately, she had cancer. She immediately had surgery. I'm thrilled to say she's survived it now for over a year, but it might have been caught earlier.
What I'm asking you to do is much bigger than that New Year's resolution we all make to lose "10 or 20 pounds".
Inspect it; make the necessary fixes; and then proudly live in that 'old body'.
p.s. - I had my annual physical in December!