When I was 49 years old, a friend and colleague was lying in a hospital bed with the doctor leaning over him, sawing his leg off. Shortly after that, two more of my friends were diagnosed with diabetes. It almost made my head explode! I thought I was heading in that same direction. I was obese, had a sedentary lifestyle, and ate like a pig.
In the movies, John Wayne and James Bond don’t worry about their health. They get shot, beaten and smashed—then get up and finish off the bad guys. Reality, however, is quite different.
John Wayne developed heart disease and had a cancerous lung removed. Ian Fleming, who created James Bond, died from complications of a chest cold because he bucked his doctor’s orders and played golf instead.
Look at any health statistics and the real story is the same: men live much shorter lives than women and have higher risks for all 15 leading causes of death except Alzheimer’s disease. Despite these statistics, most American men think their health is “excellent”—and they’re dying to prove it. Although their health risks are largely preventable, men’s infrequent health care—combined with behavior that’s better left to Hollywood stuntmen, shortens their lives by more than five years. http://menshealth.org/code/why.html
What do we men need to do? Where do we begin? For me it began with my friend lying in that hospital bed and then having visions of myself living a miserable, unhealthy life. So, I slowly began to change things in my life: the way I thought, ate and worked out—and I paid more attention to my spiritual life. Today I am running the Ironman triathlon, have lost 75 lbs., have highly nutritious eating habits, and I enjoy a balanced family life and rich spiritual life, all of which has propelled me to share what I've learned and gained with you.
In this book, I want to invite you to come along with me on a journey to much better health and wellness, so you can live your dreams to their fullest. We will focus on four critical areas for extreme health improvement: 1) Changing our thinking, 2) Eating nutritious foods that produce health, 3) Getting our bodies in shape, and 4) Jumping into a deeper spiritual life.