Today we will tackle two of these keys. With all the time we do thinking, sometimes we get into our heads and complicate what we need to make life superior for ourselves. There are a lot of nuances in our life.
The first key is simple. Don’t be fat. I could stop right here for this key, and it should be enough. However, I know it is not, for you see, I have known this fact my entire life, and it still did not stop me from becoming fat, but I was also obese, luckily not overly obese.
The sad part for me, I did not learn my lesson the first time. In my late 20s, I became what I would consider chubby/overweight. The thing here is I still had a bit of youth on my side, and I was strong as an ox from the different jobs I had in the trades.
When I decided to go into the military at twenty-nine, I worked to drop all that excess weight. It took me a few weeks, and I burned it all off. Then kept it off for most of the next six years. Being active, lifting, running, staying busy, and enjoying life.
The road to obesity started when I left the military; my life slowed down to a dam near halt. The only active thing I did was ride the Harley. Never stop being active. I have talked about my fitness journey (here) since then, what the turning point was for me, and how far I have come.
Another trap I fell into of my self doing and will even say lack of better knowledge is going from being obese to skinny fat. In many ways, this is just as bad as being overweight; you can lose all the fat you want, but if you have no real muscle underneath, you will look like shit. You will feel horrible and weak.
Now you have to build muscle back up from a weak state. With no reserves for your body to pull from, it will put you into a constant roller coaster of dieting and medical problems. At the same time, your body works to adjust to the changes in your body. You now exchanged one set of issues for another.
Have to throw my disclaimer here; I am in no way a doctor or any medical professional. This next part is my opinion of a superior life.
For some reason, men have an issue going to the doctor unless something is wrong or forced to for some yearly check-up. I was no different. You are not dying, then why go, right? And this is where men need education about the reason to go. Not for a simple check-up but to dig into what is going on inside your body.
When a man talks to me about his health, my first question is, when did you get blood work done last? If it’s not been in the last six months, then that is where you need to start. You have to and need to know what is going on the inside. Getting tested is the second key, and its one of the most important ones. There is so much you can learn from a simple blood test.
You want to have a superior life, be part of the one percent, then get tested. There are not many ways around this.
What to Test
Early on, when working to optimize my life, I wrote this article on The Big 4, and it still applies. The younger you get tested, the earlier you will have a base life even if everything is okay. More than likely, though, if you are feeling like crap, one of these big 4 is out of wack.
The Big 4 are not the only things you should have tested. Especially if you never have or it has been a long time since you have had any testing.
Other tests you should have:
Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Differential
Comprehensive Metabolic Profile (CMP)
Tests that would be good to know:
Many of you will have insurance that will cover many of these tests, use it, yes several of them the doctors will balk and doing unless there seems to be a problem. Again get your baselines down; all this information adds up. If you don’t have insurance or your insurance doesn’t cover specific tests, look at cash pay.
Today, the great thing is we have options besides the bureaucracy that primary MDs have to deal with in there jobs. Online telemedicine is enormous and getting better every day. The only reason I have not switched to telemedicine, I happen to have an excellent local doctor that believes and works to help patients optimize their life.
Start Losing to Gain
Guess what? If you are fat, I can almost guarantee your results will be out of wack. You know what is next, start losing the fat but don’t be me. As you start losing fat (catch that I am saying lose the fat, not weight), start lifting and building muscle. That way, as the fat falls off, you have something underneath to show off and not be a bag of bones that looks sickly.
Use all that energy that you have stored up and use it to build the foundation of muscle that will carry you into old age; this is something I missed out on the fat loss journey. Also, as you lose the fat many of the out wack numbers will come back in line independently with no extra medication needed.
By no means is this an overnight process, it will take years to make the changes you want, and along the way, you will feel like shit. The good news if you put mind to it, you will start to feel the sound effects in the body, but in your mind also.
Rule of Thumb
Many of the tests mentioned, talk with your medical doctor about how often you should have them done. Usually, it will come down to what you need to monitor.
My rule of thumbs. The Big 4, I usually look to do every six months. If everything is looking good, I don’t worry about testing more often. If something is really out of wack, typically change things up then do every three months till back on track.
With the other tests, I was having them done once a year while I had insurance. Now that I am self-pay, I am looking at having them done every other year. MTHFR Gene and Lactose intolerant from my understanding are one time tests.
Again talk with your doctor if your doctor bulks at any of these tests (without a good reason). Mostly if its the first time you ask or had them done. Find a new doctor that will care about your health.
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