Are you in Denial? 

...Like my Dad was?

I was recently talking with someone about some joint pain they are having and all I could think about was my father and conversations I had with him while he was alive.  
I was quickly reminded of a conversation I had with him when he told me he had an aortic Aneurysm and needed to have surgery.  The doctor listed the following 5 things that could cause it.

1. His weight (He was overweight)
2. Smoking (he smoked)
3. Drinking (he drank)
3. High Blood Pressure (he had high Blood Pressure)
4. High Cholesterol (he had high cholesterol)
5. It could be hereditary

He decided it must be hereditary....none of the other potential causes. When he was telling me this I was so angry that he was actually in denial that he was sick and was causing his own sickness based on his lifestyle.  This man was my father, my only living parent and I didn't want him to die. In my mind, he was still young only 60 years old! He had so many potential years left and he was just getting sicker.

He had a surgery and a stent put in and eventually quit smoking about 2 years after this surgery.

I will now openly say my father was a sick man and suffered from Chronic Disease and he wasn't ready or able to make the changes. 

What did my father suffer from? All of these conditions
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol

The medical definition of Chronic disease is:  A disease that persists for a long time. A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more, by the definition of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear. Eighty-eight percent of Americans over 65 years of age have at least one chronic health condition (as of 1998). Health damaging behaviors - particularly tobacco use, lack of physical activity, and poor eating habits - are major contributors to the leading chronic diseases.

I just wanted to SCREAM from the top of my lungs you are doing this to yourself please stop. I want you to be around for the next 20-30 years. I don't want to bury you before your time. 

My father passed away from a surgical complication on June 30th, 2014. I'm being nice saying it was a surgical complication. He was a sick man and if he had been healthier he most likely would not have become septic or even had the original problem that caused him to need surgery. 

He wasn't able to make the steps to change...Things kept getting worse instead of better.  None of these things happened overnight. My father started on the path of an unhealthy lifestyle for himself long before he turned 60 and it wasn't something he could change in a day, week, month or year. It was going to take work...

Even though he had quit smoking he didn't do anything else. He had many false starts, but never truly committed and put the work in to making a change.

Why am I telling you all of this? I have a few reasons.

I'm hoping someone might be able to relate to this an want to make a change. 

It's never to early to start on a healthy lifestyle. Many of us like my father start on this unhealthy path at a young age. 

Nutrition is going to be your first step, if you need to pick between Diet and Exercise. Pick the Diet part

Many people need help and aren't able to do this alone, if you need help just ask.

Sara Benson
CrossFit Reanimated