By Bob Moore
I did not start changing the way I drink, eat, walk, and sleep until age 75. In the 1980s and 90s I was a physical and mental mess. The blood pressure was as high as 204/105 and the weight got back up to 254. My sleeping habit was atrocious, with little sleep at night and falling asleep on the job during the day. My eating habit was terrible. I had pills, prescriptions, supplements, diets, and cure all’s for every ailment and nothing was making me better. I was not doing anything that my doctor suggested.
June 12, 2006 was the day I started keeping track of every brisk step I took. I have never missed a day since then. Today I am addicted to walking. It is a habit like brushing teeth, tying shoe strings, drinking water, eating food and sleeping. Walking is a habit.
I walk, write about it, text about it, give motivational talks about it, and recruit others to walk every day. Why is this my passion? We are losing the war on obesity, and diabetes. A major cause of type 2 diabetes is obesity, and the major cause of obesity is poor choice of foods and vegetables, too many sugar drinks, too little water, not enough walking, and not enough sleep.
How dare I make such bold statements? 99% of me being smart is knowing what I am dumb at. For 75 plus years I have made poor decisions by listening to those who talk the talk but do not walk the walk. “Look around Bob Moore and see the few who are in great shape.” These last few years I have asked questions of athletes, professional trainers, and nutrition specialist that I observe “working out”. Two things stand out about them. They are incredibly accountable to themselves, and they do what they do as a daily routine. They are addicted to a healthy life style. The great majority start off each day within 30 minutes of hitting the floor with a protein supplement. Most eat five or six times a day and seek out many kinds of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. All of the “great ones” drink lots of water. Each one has a daily workout routine. One fascinating surprise was their constant effort to get at least seven hours and more of sleep every day.
My early training in public speaking, economics, and Industrial engineering was to simplify, and condense. I call it WAFOWASL. So, stand up now, run in place for 30 seconds, take a real deep breath, yawn really loud, sit down and continue what you were doing. Doing the WAFOWASL 2, 3, 4 or more times every day will become a habit and you will change from accepting sickness, illness, and chronic disease, to an addiction to Healthy Living. That is the start of a new life.