Saturday, January 9, 2010


So how many of you made New Years resolutions last week? How many of you have kept your resolutions?

The two biggies seem to be to quit smoking and to lose weight.

I once weighed 250 pounds when I was in the New York City Police Department. I looked like a cop. It had something to do with pizza and donuts. I started smoking when I was 12 years old. I quit when I was 34. I have not smoked in nearly 34 years and I feel great. When I quit I started working out and running every day. I replaced my bad addiction with some good addictions. I went from 250 pounds down to 160 pounds at one point. Right now I am hovering around 200.

I am also a Celiac so I am allergic to pizza, donuts and beer and that helps.

You all know this but I will say it anyway. There is no magic bullet. There is no pill or operation. The only way you can lose weight or quit smoking is to decide to do it and then accept that it is up to you and no one else.

I know two people personally who had bypass surgery and they lost a lot of weight only to gain it back again. They make a stomach for you that holds two tablespoons so you lose weight. But if you don't watch it you can eat enough to expand that pouch back to the size of a normal stomach and suddenly the weight comes back. How sad. How expensive.

I am also at that stage of my life to tell people to live and let live. If smoking makes you happy then smoke. Just don't smoke around children or other living things.

If you are happy with your weight then continue to be happy and don't go through the pain and suffering to lose weight.

Recent studies are showing that health problems previously attributed to weight are found in fat people and skinny people. We have a predisposition for certain things that we get from our parents and our ancestors.

Another way to say it is to, "Eat, Drink and Be Merry for tomorrow we will die." And as a former County Coroner I will assure you that you will die. No one gets out of here alive.

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