It started raining here in Northern Oregon back in October of 2016 and hasn’t stopped yet. It has been cold and wet and after 6 months of dealing with this crap I have learned exactly what can happen without sunshine, exercise or proper diet. Winter is pretty tough anywhere but in most area’s of the country there are breaks in the weather where I little bit of sunshine is present for awhile. It’s wonderful having the convenience of a personal gym right out in the garage, but if it’s too damn cold to workout then what is the sense of owning it.
I just received the results of the blood test that was performed during my annual physical and it makes me sick. And if I don’t do something about it it could literally make me sick.
These are the bad markers:
Glucose – 173.0H
Triglycerides – 317H
Cholesterol – 298H
A1C – 8.3
On top of all of that my body weight has gone up to 196 freaking pounds.
The bad thing is that we still have another 2 months of rain heading our way. Yes, it’s time to start making some major life decisions. Late Spring will arrive here and give it’s way into Summer. I will spend a lot of time in the great outdoors and will forget all about 8 months of a rainy season that past before me. But the question is can I actually survive another one?
It is just the process of the lack of sunshine that takes away my ambitions of staying healthy. Although rain has it’s place in the world it seems daunting to actually realize that it just doesn’t stop in this part of the globe. Between dark and grey I find myself clinging to comfort foods and alcohol just trying to find some simple comfort that will ease my constant blues.
A new found career here holds me nestled in days of working outside and coming home cold and wet each day while the job itself excites me and gives me hope that I am on the right path. Many people who are native to the area simply understand that when it rains, you get wet. If you don’t go out in the rain you will never go out. I don’t know if I can adapt to those notions and while many say they love living here I do question why. Even the native Indians who lived in this region migrated each year as it approached rainy season.
The cities here are well equipped with all of the amenities for the handicapped and now I understand why. I don’t believe I have seen so many people starting in their 50’s in wheelchairs or the assistance of walkers in any other place in the country the way I see it here. Is it the lack of sunshine that brittles the bones? I don’t know, but what I do know is that I can longer stay on the same path and must find a way to find my way back to good health.
I forced myself out into the garage this morning dress warmly and walked just a half of a mile. It’s not much, but it is a start. I have to dig my way out of this dark place and start making the workout “Mandatory” each day no matter what. I must turn away from the carbohydrates and sugars which are poisoning my body each day and once again turn to the healthy meats and vegetables which sustain both my body and my mind. I will make those changes and take all of the baby steps once again to regain what is rightfully mine. My Health.