A few weeks ago, I had gone to the doctor to discuss my blood pressure. I have had high blood pressure (hypertension) for a while so I was not surprised to find out that it was high. Then the doctor said that my cholesterol was not good and that I was pre-diabetic. As you can imagine, this news was a little disheartening for me. On the drive home I started asking myself how it happened and what do I need to do to fix the problem. You’re probably saying, “Angela, it’s the food you eat”. This is true, but there are other behaviors that led to what I call the “black person disease trifecta”.
Besides food, inactivity can lead to weight gain, which in turn could lead to the trifecta. After I left the Army, I had exercised on occasion but not consistently. When my jeans stopped fitting, did this motivate me to eat right and exercise? No, it absolutely did not. Instead, I just went and bought bigger clothes, giving myself permission to continue to eat and drink what I wanted, without thinking about hitting the gym. Have you done this?
Next, was finding the time to exercise. I am a full time student with a household to run. In my mind, this prevents me from having time to exercise. This line of thinking was completely ridiculous. I have only been out of the Army for a little over a year. For years, I used to get up at 5:30 in the morning to do physical training because it was mandatory. So why was I not doing this for the sake of my health?
Another reason for me not getting fit was that eating healthy and joining the gym was too expensive. Besides, “healthy foods are nasty or have no flavor”. Well, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and healthy grains, cost just as much as high fat, high sodium, sugary foods, and are just as tasty. And, the price of gym memberships has gone down significantly. Now, you do not need to trade in your car for a gym membership, not to mention that walking around the neighborhood is free of charge.
My point is this: we have to stop making excuses and we have to stop being okay with the “black person disease trifecta”. We have to stop being okay with just getting the bigger size, being too busy, or letting the pills take care of it. Don’t wait for the doctor to say you are in bad health for you to take an active role in elongating your life. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying lose weight for cosmetic reasons. After all, we are beautiful at any size and shape. Just make sure you compliment your beauty with a clean bill of health. As for me, I have gained a new appreciation for stir-fry, I’m up before the sun to hit the gym, and I’ve already began to lose weight. Take care of yourselves!!!