I Can See My Shoes Again
I Can See My Shoes Again by Walter Scott Allen describes the author's journey to better health as inspired by his wife, Jan, who survived breast cancer and was the cause for Allen’s change of health habits. Allen says, “We are best friends and training partners. She has won her battle with cancer and gotten her health back. I too have won my health, and now we both walk forward together through life’s journey.”
A health scare or other family trauma or drama is usually the impetus to get someone moving in the direction of better health, but often the event is not enough to win the war against poor personal habits and weight gain. Allen’s narrative includes his ups and downs and the doctor’s warning: “decide what kind of retirement [you] want: one of health and energy or one wearing diapers.”
Turning 40, Allen recalls his metabolism slowed and his weight soared to 240 pounds. Many told him, “how you are at fifty is how you’ll live the rest of your life.” Allen told himself, “I [am] a heart attack waiting to happen.”
I enjoyed Allen’s lessons: Number One: “Tomorrow Never Comes” Everyone says they will start their diet TOMORROW. But even the clothes that are too tight and the photos that show the second or third chin often do not motivate us to change.
Lesson Number Two: The Mirror Never Lies: When I was at my heaviest, I myself did not look in the mirror too much. As Allen says, “When you look at yourself in the mirror, see the real you, flaws and all. Embrace what is good and positive and work on the rest.”
Lesson Number Three: List how you really feel: When you overindulge, how do you feel the next day? If you keep a record, that alone may inspire a change in habits.