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I knew it was coming but just didn’t know exactly when.  For some it’s 35, others, 45 or anywhere in between.  For me, it was 49.  In October of 2010, I turned 49 and realized I was officially middle-aged!  Despite my desire to deny it, my increasing visits to my doctor and the steady increase in weight convinced me that my youthful metabolism and fairly effortless ability to maintain a healthy weight had expired with the approaching end of my 4th decade of life.
 
I am Alan Foster and I reside with my wonderful family in Fuquay Varina.  In 2009, I retired after 30 years of public service as a paramedic.  Obviously, that line of work is a very active, and at times, physically demanding job with long hours.  I was fortunate to immediately begin my second career as an administrator at a local Raleigh hospital. 
 
Obviously, this line of work isn’t very physically demanding and has a bit more normal time commitment.  During my paramedic career, I easily maintained a healthy weight and decent physical condition.  Now, I’m soon beginning the third year of my second career and find myself easily maintaining an unhealthy weight and quite poor physical condition.
 
Having worked in the medical field, I know and have witnessed what excess weight, increased inactivity, and advancing age can do to one’s health.  I just never thought it would happen to me.  However, a recent visit to my doctor confirmed that it was indeed happening.  He told me I was overweight, getting older, and to top it off, hypertensive!
 
Beginning Jan. 1, I’m beginning a new side career of taking care of me.  My doctor says I could stand to lose 30 pounds.  Having a fixed goal won’t work because once I reach that number, I’m afraid I’ll “retire” from the effort.  Eating smart and regular exercise will become my new "job expectations".  The raises I get will be from less medical bills and elimination of blood pressure medicine.  It’s time to go to work!  Middle age is here – old age is approaching.

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