Every once in a while, usually after I finish walking up a few flights of stairs, I pause and think “What if my heart literally exploded right now?” Then I step away from the top of the stairs because I don’t want heart attack me to fall down the stairs.
My health ebbs and flows. Sometimes I’m training for marathons, sometimes I am extra super fat with a side of peanut butter. OK, I trained for one marathon… but I’m leaving the s on the first marathon because it looks good there.
My point is that sometimes I think about my health and other times I don’t. And sometimes those times that I don’t think of my health come to a head at the top of three flights of stairs with thoughts of my heart exploding like a loyal horse sprinting across the desert… only I am not in the desert. I am at the top of stairs.
“I need to do something for my health.”
The funny thing and slightly coincidental thing is, I had also recently been challenged by the good people at Meta Wellness and Life of Dad to have a conversation with my Dad about health. I say slightly coincidental, because it really wasn’t that much of a coincidence. I think about being more healthy pretty much every day, so this Meta Campaign sinking up with that was about as lucky as throwing a dart at a barn and hitting it.
Anyway, before I get to the conversation with my dad, I’d like to stop for a second and tell you about our sponsor, Metamucil.
|This Metamucil. The one I am holding.|
Mainly it makes your poop softer and easier to come out. The nicer way to say that is it promotes digestive health, but this is a parenting blog and we talk about poop sometimes.
Honestly, being more regular is enough of a bonus for me, but Meta also has other health benefits, including helping maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and lowering cholesterol to promote heart health - which, you know, I need because I don't want my heart to explode... or just stop working. I need my heart.
Did I mention it also tastes good? Anyway, they’ve done science stuff and you can read more about it here . Also, they gave me a coupon to give you so you can try it out, which is here.
SO YEAH! I after the stair scare I decided to call my dad to talk about health. It went like this:
Me: Hey dad!
Dad: Are you ok?
Me: Yeah, why?
Dad: You sound out of breath.
Me: I just walked up three flights of stairs.
Dad: That’s it?
Dad: Jesus. You sound like you’ve been running from zombies or something.
Me: Nope. Just stairs. I called to talk about health with you.
Dad: Sounds like I need to talk about health with you. I could still beat you up the side of a mountain.
Me: You could probably beat me up three flights of stairs.
Dad: That’s true. And you know how I do it?
Dad: Me: How?
Dad: I have a job that keeps me on my feet 8 hours a day and fast metabolism.
Me: Do you use Metamucil?
Dad: The Fiber Stuff?
Dad: Sometimes. Tammy buys it for us.
Me: They sent me some extra for this blog post I am writing. Do you want any?
Dad: Sure. Bring it up next time you guys come.
Me: Sounds good. We didn’t talk about health that much.
Dad: I don’t know what to tell you, buddy. Exercise more. Eat less. Take vitamins. That Metamucil stuff will keep you regular. I hear that's important.
Dad: Me: Thanks Dad.
Dad: Oh, and John?
Dad: Bring whiskey when you come up. They have a really bad selection in the liquor store up here.
Me: Deal. Love you, Dad.
Dad: Love you too bud. Don’t die on the stairs.
Me: I’ll try.
There you go. My health conversation with my dad full of snark and love and even a little whiskey. Hope you enjoyed it! By the way, I worked out for an hour this morning. I plan on doing it again tomorrow. I promise to try my best to keep my heart from exploding and falling embarrassingly down the stairs.
BONUS! I helped make this video. If you watch closely you can see me making chicken. Mmmmmm chicken.