To be perfectly honest, I don’t think I had anything to do with it.  However, it is curious that, as my health fails and I fall apart one body type at a time, all of my kids have started eating right, exercising and tremendously improving their health.  I’m proud of each and every one of them.

For 40 years, I’ve preached the benefits of exercise ad diet to everyone except my kids.  I had a home gym that, like many home gyms, became a place to dump junk.  While most of my patients ignored my advice and did as I did and not as I said, for whatever reason, my kids ended up with gyms they actually use.

I’m visiting Jeremy in Atlanta.  Last night at dinners, he talked about the fact that he rarely eats red meat and monitors his cholesterol.  That blew me away.  Renee and I both have cholesterol issues and heart disease runs in our families.  Jeremy’s diet used to parallel mine and my diet was not particularly good.  To witness the transformation he and my daughters have undergone is exciting.

It’s also somewhat depressing. My 3 year old granddaughter said, “Zadie, you’re falling apart.”  She is right!

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty back together again.

Well, I’m Dr Dumpty and had I not carelessly climbed that damn wall, five slices of bacon and a dozen Krispy Kremes at a time, I wouldn’t have to struggle as hard to get put back together again.  I had the knowledge necessary to avoid the fall or lessen its impact; but, like so many of you, I concentrated on work, family and friends all the while ignoring myself.  Actually, that’s another partial truth.

I pampered myself with food, and always found something to do other than exercise.  To my children, let it be known how proud I am of your transformation but heed my warning.  You have accomplished step number one.  You have regained your health and vigor.  Now you need to maintain it for the rest of your life, regardless of whatever the world throws at you.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep working at putting Humpty back together again.

Here’s your music and a joke.

My wife gave birth 3 times and still fits in her prom dress from high school. I gave birth 0 times and I don’t fit in my pants from March.

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