Retirement Guys: I’m not fat, I’m fluffyWritten by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, I (Mark) am like many of us that have hit middle age and are losing the battle of the bulge. It seems like the metabolism grinds to a halt and no matter what you do, you keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I have this problem that occurs at least three times every day. It is called hunger. I have eaten so many salads and eaten so much fruit I feel like a fruit fly. I might as well have eaten the pie, cake and cookies that I deprived myself of, because I don’t know that I would be any worse off. Can you relate My wife Lisa likes to soften reality by saying to me, “you’re not fat, you’re fluffy.” At least for a few minutes I feel like being the Pillsbury Dough Boy is not so bad.
What to do? Well, let’s get back to “exercising” the formula for success. INSPIRATION + KNOWLEDGE + ACTION = SUCCESS. I am now officially inspired. At a recent public workshop, I told the story of my Uncle Don who had the misfortune of having three strokes and a heart attack all in one year. The last stroke landed him in a nursing home, paralyzed and in very bad shape. He lasted for six more years there in a very tragic state before dying at age 58. My point of the story was that Uncle Don and all of his family never imagined this would happen to him. Yet it did. Planning for a health care crisis and the high cost of long term care is a critical component of The Retirement Guys Road Map For Success. I had bonded greatly with my Uncle Don. He was like a second father to me and we bonded as we went into many battles on the softball field. He was the coach and I was the leadoff batter and left-center fielder that if I do say so myself was like a human vacuum cleaner in the outfield. My inspiration comes from the fact that one of the attendees at the workshop must have been able to relate to my softball story, because he came up to me after the meeting and invited me to play in a 50 and over league. At first, I was thinking no way. Now I am thinking maybe. My concern is whether it is too late for my body to be able to function on the athletic field.
My inspiration has led me to re-join a health club. I have worked out a few times, but don’t feel any skinnier. Ah, the motivation is already dissipating. I have until May, so maybe I will eat one more piece of cake since I still have some time. My sister-in-law Laura has informed me that my fluffiness will provide me padding when I slide into second base. I told her that if I tried to slide I would probably bounce. Maybe getting in shape is not going to happen on my own. You know what it is like when we are left to our own devices. Bad decisions. Procrastination. I know—I think I will contact a personal trainer. I think I really need someone to push me and to be accountable to. We all need the support of others and perhaps this will help me get over the hump. I have sent out a message and now await the trainer’s call. I am afraid of what is in store for me once I really get serious about this process. I am also excited at what the results can be.
Back to that success formula. INSPIRATION + KNOWLEDGE + ACTION. I know that my personal trainer will have much more knowledge than me as to what is the best course of action. I am sure that a step-by-step regimen will be mapped out for me to reach my goals. I will rely on the expertise that I do not possess. The biggest thing is being willing to ACT! I will keep you posted of my progress. Maybe you need to act. Perhaps you need to get in shape with your financial, retirement and estate planning. Nothing will be accomplished until you become inspired and take action. Guess when this column is being written? Yes, ironically on Fat Tuesday. A day during Mardi Gras that is the last day of eating richer, fatty foods before fasting during the Lenten season. I still have a few more hours of Fat Tuesday, so I think I will go have a paczki. I am however, determined to overcome the fluffiness. You can, too. You know what to do.
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