Old age doesn’t come alone; it isn’t easy getting older; when I was younger….
The above are a few of the statements I hear from people every day. The funny part is that I hear them from people younger than I am. Finally, one day I said to someone; “I love getting older, besides it is better than the alternative.” The gentleman gave me a quizzical look and then shrugged his shoulders. I said, ”The alternative is dying young.” Without a word he waved his hand in a dismissive gesture and walked away. Well he tried to walk away, I wasn’t going to let it go. I gently touched his shoulder and told him I could help him live a better life.
He said, “What do you know, you’re in good shape — being fat and getting old isn’t any fun.” Then he said the words that made me determined to help him, “The alternative would be better.”
I guided him to a table at the diner. We began a conversation, the young man who was griping about getting older was only thirty five years old. I learned that his weight was well over three hundred and fifty pounds and his obesity was making it difficult to find a job. He told me, ” The people I interviewed with were courteous and polite, but I could tell they were disgusted by my weight.”
I was surprised at how much he had opened up to me, but I also learned that he was lonely and down on himself. I didn’t say much, I just intently listened. Then he said, “What would you know.”
I excused myself and went out to my car hoping to find a draft copy of my book. I found one under the front seat and rushed back inside. I placed the manuscript down in front of him. He looked from the front page and then flipped through the pages. He looked up at me with a smile said, “You do understand. “
That was over a year ago. The young man came to my office and followed my plan to a tee. He continued support for about nine months and had dropped eighty pounds in that time. He went from barely being able to manage a set of steps to jogging two miles a day and joining a gym. While having breakfast this morning I ran into him. He was looking trimmer and fit. He was continuing to drop weight and still faithfully working on his fitness.
As we exchanged pleasantries he said he had to hurry off to work. He went out to his car, paused and came back in the restaurant. He trotted back inside and said, “You were right, getting older is great. Thank you for giving me back my life.”
Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.
He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out his website http://www.ObesityUndone.com.
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