So the calendar has moved from No-Shave-mber and onto December. I wanted to briefly reflect on my 30 day adventure into the world of bearded.
First let me start by saying that I never quite understood the beard thing. Now that I grew one I get it. It’s really nice to not have to shave every day. Once you get past the initial itchy stage its pretty awesome! I really loved it but my family had other ideas.
Since I love my wife I am not going to keep it because she and my daughters said it was like kissing a porcupine.
With that out of the way let me revisit my original 3 goals from No-Shave-mber.
- I wanted to raise Awareness and I think I did that.We raised a little money for men’s cancer and participated in the social media movement to raise awareness.
- I wanted to go to the doctor.Good news I did and I am a fairly healthy middle aging male!That last sentence was hard to type.I like to think that I am still relatively young.Unfortunately age is caching up fast.
- Eat healthier and exercise more.Alright 1 out of 2 and bad there.I did not get back to a regular exercise routine but I did a much better job eating.
SO what did I really learn from this process. It is really important for men to not ignore their health. I spent some time talking to friends in the same age range and I wasn’t alone in not having a check-up in over 10 years. That was the common answer. I had one friend that hadn’t had a check-up since he was 18 and left for college over 20 years ago. CRAZY!
Just like women need regular screenings it is important for men to do the same. I am glad to know that my results came back within the normal ranges but more importantly I have a baseline to measure against.
I still need to work on the exercise part but I think No-Shave-mber was a success and I look forward to doing it again next year but in the mean time I am going to shave because my beard is starting to get a little itchy.
A Thought from the Factory on Main
Best wishes for better health
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