Posted on 31st Mar 2015 @ 1:01 AM
Sad to say, but just today I heard from my buddy Jon Chabot of Topline Racing that our long time friend and ally, Jim Kaforski of Der Transaxle, had a bout with nature and its wrath. Heart attack. Consequently, he underwent a pretty serious bypass surgery. He's lucky to be alive.
As we get older, our bodies just can't hold up to the wear and tear that they've endured over the years. I'm in my mid 40s and as of 5 years ago, after a LOT of thought and study, I decided to embark on a journey that truly transformed my life. I realized that I'm not getting any younger and came to the realization that if I don't change my ways, I may not live as long as I would like to live. Like most VW enthusiasts, I have a family and I care for them dearly (they put up with my VW habit so how can I not). Not feeling so hot, I went to the doctor and I was diagnosed as a pre-diabetic, and that just scared the crap out of me. I realized that the way I was taking care of myself just wasn't way to a long and healthy life so I decided to change my diet. Considering that I'm usually burning the candle at both ends and not getting enough sleep, I knew that sleep wasn't going to change much, but my diet could. I know that it's not for everybody, but just to share with everyone, I decided to steer away from the crap that was filling my body. Fast food, gone. Soda, gone. CRAZY results came quickly. Here in California, In-N-Out Burger is fantastic, but I was eating it a little bit too much. I decided to take a hiatus and in just 5 weeks of not eating it, I lost 11 pounds. Nothing else changed. No working out and no drugs or anything else. I was about 37 pounds overweight, smoking and enjoying the libations that come along with the hobby. I quit smoking, cold turkey. I tapered the drinking as well. I like to have fun and toss back some coldies from time to time, but there is a limit. Aside from this though, is our daily diet and what we're teaching our kids.
For those of you reading this, I hope you take this to heart....literally. I have a boy and a girl whom are at the perfect age to start training as far as healthy eating is concerned. If only I had been taught to eat well when I was young. I try to keep my kids away from sugar primarliy. It's actually pretty easy. Show them the sugar content in what they're eating. In fact, take a look at what YOU'RE eating. Sometimes it's surprising to see what's in your food, especially what you've been eating for so long. Some folks say that it's expensive to eat healthy, but it's not. Personally, I decided to go the "pescatarian" route meaning I eat fish but otherwise just fruits and vegetables. The rest of my family still eats meat. I still have my vices. I love my coffee and I like beer and wine. However, during the day I will have a fruit and veggie smoothie for breakfast in the morning, perhaps some vegetarian chili or fish tacos for lunch, and an amazing dinner with fish at night. To date, I have not felt like I'm missing anything. The best part is that I lost those unwanted pounds, feel great, and am even a triathlete raising money for the children's hospital of Los Angeles.
My point in sharing this with you is that you take care of yourself whether it's a small change or a life changing step. Life is truly too short for some of us. Don't let something like what you eat make a difference in your life span, and don't be naive. Take care of yourself. Be around for your kids and family. VW people are cool people, for life. If you want some good recipes, please email me. I'd be happy to share them with you.