The body MOT

joni_mitchell_bg[1]“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til its gone…” Are you old enough to know the song? Well, you’re probably old enough to start worrying about your health too.

The human body is a pretty amazing machine. It chugs along like a trusty old car despite being mistreated. Bottle of wine? Just ratchet the liver up to maximum. Three stone of excess weight? Take the lift instead of the stairs. Late curry supper? Have a packet of Rennies by the bed. Through your thirties, through your forties, you don’t give it a thought.

It’s like when you take your car in for its MOT. You know there’s a bonking noise coming from the back wheel and the steering’s a bit heavy but it always starts in the morning so it can’t be anything very important can it? Well actually, the rear spring’s broken and there’s no fluid getting to the power steering. One of the tyres has worn all down one side too. It’s failed its MOT and will cost more to repair than its worth. The mechanic sucks his teeth and says you might as well scrap it.

shutterstock_86909228That’s what’s happening to your body. You go to your GP because you stubbed your toe. He takes your blood pressure and says its too high. He checks your sugar levels and finds you’re borderline diabetic. You mention that you’ve had a bit of an ache in your knees and he just sucks his teeth …

My husband used to have a 60 a day smoking habit. A bad bout of bronchitis scared him into giving up and I was really proud of him. It seemed counter-productive to mention the weight gain. It couldn’t possibly be as bad for him as the fags. Well, late last spring I had a phone call from my husband’s work. He’s not feeling too good they said. He’s had a bit of a dizzy spell, can you come and collect him ?

David’s blood pressure was dangerously high and he was risking serious complications. He had never dieted in his life and had no idea at all about healthy eating. I persuaded him to sign up for NC so he could at least learn how to make sensible food choices. We also tried to reach the 10,000 step goal every day. The result was a two stone weight loss for both of us and he’s been able to halve his medication.
He’s now more cheerful, more energetic and sleeps better.

Losing weight is often motivated by how we look but in the long term it’s much more about how we feel. Caring for your body and taking responsibility for your health is important. You don’t want to end up on the scrap heap do you?

4 Comments

  • Steve Marshall says:

    Hi Fiz,
    Great to see another blogger! You write really well – have you done a lot of writing, because it has a terrific ‘professional’ feel to it. I haven’t seen you on the forums at all, but maybe you could give it a try? There is not much blunt talking on the forums, along the lines of ‘lose weight, otherwise you will be in big trouble’, but maybe it could motivate people. I know that I used to have a doctor who countered my protests that I had a healthy diet with ‘do you want to be the healthiest corpse in the graveyard?’, but I have never had the guts to quote that on the forums! But maybe straight talking would come better from a lady?
    Anyway, good luck,
    Steve

  • Fiz says:

    Thanks for your kind comments. Actually I’ve never written anything in my life. NC asked for volunteers so I stuck my head above the parapet. I wonder if anyone reads us!

    • Steve Marshall says:

      Does anyone read us? I get the impression that it’s not many, but it’s increasing, at least partly because admin has started to put a post on the forums every week or so, telling people that there is a new blog. I think it may now pick up speed, because I have been the only guest blogger for the last year, but now there are more, and they are women. With the best will in the world, a man is never going to achieve huge popularity, because he will never be ‘one of us’ when the vast majority of NC members are (I guess) women. It’ll be very helpful that Sprog is blogging, because she has quickly become a much-loved poster on the forums.

    • Terry Keen says:

      Hi Steve & Fiz! I always read your blog and and I am ridiculously excited when there is a new one! Please keep them coming :-) x

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