Posts Tagged ‘health

21
Sep
09

Living To Be 100

Over the last year or so I have been seeing a doctor concerning my cholesterol levels. This came about when my father suffered a minor, nonfatal, heart attack which resulted in his requiring bypass surgery. This made me very concerned for him and in turn made him very concerned for me. Our mutual concern was caused by a single fact: poor heart condition is hereditary among the Hornes. My paternal grandfather suffered a fatal heart attack in his forties. He fell dead in the yard in front of my father and his sisters—completely unexpected and unforeseen. This prospect scares me and is the reason that I exercise 4 to 5 times weekly and why I monitor what I eat. I currently take medication to help control my cholesterol and triglyceride levels however I am working toward being able to sustain proper levels through diet and exercise only (I hate taking medicine as much as I hate paying for it).

But I have decided on another lifelong goal that I have only recently shared with my wife. I would like to live to be 100 years old. As far as I know, no one in my family has ever reached 100 years of age. Granted my familiarity with my family only goes back about five generations, but I feel fairly certain that it has not been done (at least not in a very long time).

Now I do not know how much say a person has in his years on earth. I believe wholly in the sovereignty of God and that He knows (and maybe even determines) how long a man will live. I am not sure how set a man’s years are or if he can affect the number of years of his life. I am going to strive for my goal and leave the result in God’s hands. If I have to go to be with the Lord before I have reached 100, I can not really complain for everyday in His glorious presence will be greater than the day before. Furthermore even if I die when I am 60, I can at least be happy that I was in good health and kept up my strength as best I could for the time that I was alive. If I am going to pass away after only 80 years on this earth I want to be sure I lived a life of health and happiness, enjoying God and my family and friends.

It seems that the degradation in health and life that people experience in the twilight years of life is due to poor health choices and, by that point, a lack of motivation to do anything about it. I encourage you to also set a goal of living to 100 and strive toward and see what positive changes you can make in your health. I am reminded of quote by C.S. Lewis from Mere Christianity:

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

I say, aim at longevity of life and you will get strength, good health, and enjoyment thrown in. Aim at simply losing a few pounds or fitting into last year’s jeans and you will likely get none of those things.

Not sure if I will make it to 100 or not but I will make a good go of it and at whatever age my life ceases I want to be able to say I passed with strength in my members and my wits about me.

11
Sep
09

Why Is Healthcare a Important Moral Issue & Not Abortion

In the wake of Senator Ted Kennedy’s passing, President Obama (using the death of the Senator as a political tool) said:

[Kennedy] repeated the truth that health care is decisive for our future prosperity, but he also reminded me that ‘it concerns more than material things.’ ‘What we face,’ he wrote, ‘is above all a moral issue; at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.’

Pro-lifers have been saying the same thing about abortion for years, but liberals turn a blind eye to that grotesque, inhumane practice and pretty it up under the guise of personal rights (of the mother, that is, not the baby who’s having his/her life ripped away prematurely).

It is a strange and twisted day when we call reforming healthcare (the access to which is not a right) an act of “social justice” while at the same time we are tolerating the wholesale discard of human life (which is an inalienable right along with liberty and the pursuit of happiness).

11
Aug
09

Going To a Land Down Under: Kiwi? Aussie?

Who’s been a very naughty blogger? Who? WHO? (You, Joshie Joshie, You)

Actually it is true that blogging has greatly lost its luster for me (but, no, this blog did not die with Michael Jackson). Facebook and Twitter are way too time consuming and pretty much fulfill my longings for pontification. But I think the ol’ Smoak House still has a few good ones in her. Let see what we can conjure up today.

Here is something Lyndsay and I have talked over and thought about a lot lately. Nothing major is going to happen in the very near future but it could happen one day. No, I am not talking about parenthood.  I am talking about moving to another country.

We have not packed our bags yet, but the reason we have discussed this is for the very simple fact that HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. I refuse to be one of the foolish ones who forget that. You all know where I am going with this. The Obama administration has made great and frightening strides toward Socialism in the last seven months.  I could not have predicted the swiftness with which he would put the hammer down.  Now I love studying history. In so doing I have seen what happens when governments take over the everyday aspects of commerce and people’s personal lives. I read of a Hitler who plunged an entire nation into ruin and hatred (Nazism was a Socialist movement); I have studied a Stalin who oppressed and murdered his own people. I have seen Socialism and Communism destroy, maim, oppress, and murder. I have never seen them actually work. I refuse to live under any version of either system. I will not subject my wife or any of our future offspring to such evil and tyranny. I can not let my family suffer under the type of single-payer healthcare system Obama wants to implement. I can not let my family suffer through a dead-in-the-water economic system that could result from the impending collapse of the U.S. dollar. I would rather leave the country. Chances are there are some who would rather I do so. 😉

But on a lighter note, what country should we move to if it were to come to that? Well by most accounts New Zealand and Australia seem to be good choices. They are ranked high in the world in terms of personal freedom, low government intrusion, and free market capitalism. There are a few differences though. New Zealand is a small island with some great natural resources, but not many. Kiwis must import many, many goods and thus they are more subject to dependence on foreign nations. Not necessarily a bad thing but something to consider. Australia on the other hand is in a little bit better position on that front. Also it stands to reason that more jobs would be available in a larger country like Australia. Plus it is its own continent. That’s just awesome! Keep in mind that I do not know minute details of either, only what I have read on the internet and heard from talking to people. So I would love to be educated by anyone who knows more.

There would be some non-economic/non-political details to consider as well. First of all, there’s the speech of those who live down under. A Georgia boy would tend to stick out like a sore thumb in a conversation. After living there for a time there’s a good chance that I would pick up some of the accent. I would rather maintain my southern speech but I am afraid there is just no way around it. The way I talk would most certainly change. Can you imagine me saying “g’day, mate?”  Oh brother.

Then there’s the problem of Christmas in the summer time. Yes, the seasons in the southern hemisphere are flip-flopped. Our fall and winter here is spring and summer down under and vice-versa. That means that December 25 is right smack in the middle of summer. It would be hard singing Jingles Bells while applying sunscreen.

What do you think? Australia? New Zealand? Some other place?  Let me hear from you.

03
Feb
09

Diets Are the Devil

I have never in my life gone on a diet yet in 2005 I lost a little over twenty pounds. My doctor weighed me at 180 lbs. and I slimmed down to 155 lbs. in about two months. I did so by eating moderate portions, cutting out late snacking and getting thirty minutes of vigorous exercise daily (usually brisk walking, jogging, and some weight lifting–just something to raise my heart rate for an extended amount of time). But I still ate normal food. I did however cut out fried food for the most part due to my high cholesterol. Since then I have pretty much kept up this same lifestyle and my weight has plateaued at about 160 lbs. which is what I have weighed consistently for the past two years.

Diets are evilI am satisfied with my weight but Continue reading ‘Diets Are the Devil’




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