Forty is the year that a lot of people seem to believe the body starts falling apart. Is it any wonder so many people dread hitting the big four-oh?
I’ve found a list of ten things that men should be doing as they hit that milestone age. Some of them are easier than others, but all of them carry one degree of pain or another.
I’ve eliminated a good deal of “white foods” from my diet, except for sweeps months when the workload increases three-fold and I often find myself eating fast food. Yeah, yeah, I know. But it is what it is. Those super-healthy food bars only go so far.
Trans-fats aren’t much of a problem for me, either. I eat more chicken than beef and I often cook it either through broiling or pan frying with a very light layer of canola spray-oil. I’ve pretty much cut out frying chicken, so that’s progress. Still, once in a while I get my cravings for a little fried chicken, so I’ll go down to Bojangle’s. They get the order right much more often than local KFCs seem to be able to, and I have a sneaking suspicion that their chicken has less calories per piece.
My mom, just the other day, asked if I take multivitamins. I don’t, but she says I need to. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a bottle of One-A-Day for Men somewhere. If I can find it, I may try to make myself stick to it.
Speaking of sticking to it, the next few items on the list start to get very painful: losing weight, exercising, weight training. Ugh. I’m trying to work on that, and it — along with getting out of debt — is probably the biggest goal I have for 2010. I’m not going to try to set some kind of weight goal. I’ve tried that and it never works. I’m just going to try to set a goal of regular exercise and eating better every day.
And hopefully, let the fat fall where it may.