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As I sit here in Houston reading about everyone else's 2010 summer adventures and seeing you'alls great pictures and videos I am thinking back to when I was in my 20's with my whole life in front of me. I especially remember a young doctor advising me at the time to quit smoking, watch my weight, get plenty of exercise, eat healthy foods, and drink alcohol in moderation or not at all. Ha! What did he know? I was young, in great shape, enjoyed smoking, had a great job, a cute wife, loved an occasional drunk and the world was my oyster. Flash forward 40 years .... I almost died of a heart attack in 2002 (luckily doctors intervened before I had an actual heart attack). I must take medication for the rest of my life. I have a pot belly that is seemingly impossible to get rid of. I drink booze very little. My youthful appearance is a thing of the past, never to return. I still have the cute wife (and some great kids) - well 1 out of 5 ain't bad. So what's the point? Let me pass on the advice that I never heard. 1) Don't smoke. Why? Besides it screwing up the inside of your body, it also makes you age much faster. Once you loose your youthful look, you will never get it back. Why hasten the wrinkles and gray hair? Smoking isn't worth it....and it definitely isn't "cool". It's expensive, unhealthy and dirty...simply put. Quitting smoking is really hard ... hardest thing I ever did. Suck it up and do it if you smoke now. 2) Drink to have fun, not to get drunk. Hey, you only have so many brain cells....why kill them off before you need to. Over the years I discovered I could have even more fun staying somewhat sober and awake! Wow...imagine that.3) As the cruise line ad suggests .... "get out there!" You'll have plenty of time to sit on your duff when you get to be my age :-) Hiking, biking, mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking ... so much to do, so little time. 4) Eat healthy foods. We are surrounded by bad food choices....it's a mine field out there. I am convinced your best bets are in your own grocery cart and kitchen pantry. There are plenty of great tasting foods that are good for you. You are what you eat.

Many that read the above will be just as deaf as I was at 25. Now I am really deaf and wish I had listened to that young doctor so many years ago. Those that DO hear me....Congrats! Live long and prosper!

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Comment by aggie71 on June 20, 2010 at 8:20am
@Stir ....love the comment....we could be brothers! Nothing better than fresh warm Peach pie with a big scoop of Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream on top!
Comment by Stir on June 20, 2010 at 6:16am
LOL! You wrote my story! I've given up smoking and drinking over the years, and I like to do manual labor, and take long walks for exercise. However, I just cannot bring myself to eat healthy! I just love greasy fatty foods.....my resolve crumbles when I see junk food! Cookies? Pie? Bring it on!

I hope they'll stick a Whopper with cheese, fries and a giant Coke in my coffin when I go! I can always reheat the burger and fries down there where I'm going!
Comment by Kathi on June 16, 2010 at 3:02pm
Spot on Aggie. Thanks for putting it out there.
Comment by Bill Berg on June 14, 2010 at 11:20am
Speaking words of wisdom - thanks Aggie.
Comment by Leo Anderson on June 13, 2010 at 9:40pm
Aggie, this s a great post. I have 3 outof the four things down. I don't smoke, drink and like to hike, mountan bike and other outdoor activties. just need to start eating healthier. I have lost 16 pounds since I got to Bryce. Thanks for the great post and advice Aggie!!!
Comment by aggie71 on June 13, 2010 at 12:15pm
@Daniel - sounds like you got the message without having to read mine .... good going. Let's work towards making "cool" look like healthy, fit, good looking men and women that care about themselves and their friends.
Comment by aggie71 on June 13, 2010 at 12:03pm
Frankly I wasn't sure I wanted to post this blog ... it comes across as "preaching" which I never enjoyed people doing to me. However last year at Fishing Bridge there were plenty of 20 somethings that appeared to pretty much smoke and drink their way through their summer...and all I could think to myself was "what a waste". So since I have less to do this summer, I posted this blog so everyone would know what I really thought about such things. And a hope that somebody, somewhere, might listen to me and do what they know is hard, but right, for them.
Comment by Carol on June 13, 2010 at 11:17am
Thanks for posting this Aggie. What amazes me, nearly all the kitchen crew, including smart chefs who continue to smoke in spite of all warnings. And, the smokers who think us nonsmokers Should put up with second hand smoke, are even indignant that smoking is not allowed in the dorms or near the building. One guy even asked me what study proved smoking was hazardous to our health, saying it was all propaganda. In this day and age, isnt that hilarious?

We are all immortal until we nearly die.
I brought a scale to the park this time, cause last year I gained about 10 pounds eating way too much junk food, even with all the hiking. I'm losing the weight, and watching it now.

Good points, Aggie. We all can benifit from this.
Comment by Daniel Jacob Horn on June 12, 2010 at 9:49pm
Well i must be on the right path Aggie.I've either been following this path for years or within the last 6 months :)

Never Smoked, never will. Only have a social drink very occasionally. And I am currently "getting out there", so hopefully im in good shape :) and im 21 ;) Thanks for the reminder though Aggie, comes in hand knowing im doing it right.
Comment by Anneliese on June 11, 2010 at 8:25pm
Thanks for sharing Aggie, I have no idea why I never smoked, but I do enjoy a happy hour now and then. This 25 pounds I loose and regain is due to poor eating habits. I do excercise but not nearly as much as I should. So thanks for sharing your advice!!!!

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