I don’t intend to give daily updates on Peter David’s condition following his stroke, but his wife Kathleen has a blog post yesterday called simply How do you tell a 10 year old that her father might never be the same? and its a powerful, affecting piece of writing. Those who know Kathleen know she’s a talented writer and creator herself and following her blog will undoubtedly be the best way to follow Peter’s progress and to send along continued best wishes. The good news is that Peter is showing signs of recovering, and things are not as bad as they might have been. But it’s still a long hard road for them.
Peter and Kathleen and their kids are good people. Keep them in your thoughts.
UPDATE: I wanted to add this post by Johanna Draper Carlson about her own husband KC’s small stroke and recovery. More very good reading.
I’ll expand this post a bit to say that as it’s the beginning of the new year, everyone, myself included, is probably talking about eating better and exercising more. The last time I spent any significant time with Peter was a few years ago when he had done just that and dropped a lot of weight and gotten a lot healthier. It was an impressive life style change.
While we’re not quite at Wall*E level yet, as a society we’re getting more and more sedentary and eating more and more crap unless we take the time NOT to do it. I myself spend all my waking hours sitting in front of a computer on my ass unless I make an effort to do other things, and it’s been proven that just sitting around it about the worst thing you can possibly do. On most days I walk nearly two miles to and from the office, so I do get the New Yorker’s minimum of exercise, but I’m very conscious of how bad sitting around is for me.
I’m told Stan Lee used to write standing up and if that’s what has contributed to his remarkable vitality and energy at age 90 then we should all just ditch the desk chair entirely.
Anyway, I’m trying to figure out how to work getting back to the gym and yoga back into my lifestyle, and it isn’t easy. For those of you trying to get healthier, I will extend this: if you’re trying to go from sitting on your butt all day to Michael Phelps, don’t even try. Just try to find something you LIKE doing that you can do three or four times a week. Running or walking or rock climbing or yoga or basketball or something.
Likewise, someone explained to me that it’s easier to put a few changes into your diet than change everything wholesale. Now that the holiday fudge assault is over, I’m back to trying to eat a salad as one meal a day (I don’t eat salad dressing generally.) As a bread addict this is not easy, but once I break the bread cycle it gets a lot easier. I’m a complete believer in the low glycemic diet and always lose weight whenever I stick to it. EAT WHOLE FOODS! They taste better and you feel way better!
Most people starting a new diet and exercise regime will have given it up by January 15th. Don’t give up too easily! Change a few things that you can stick with and you’ll feel better in the long run.
Now, on the other hand, I was watching an Alan Watts video that someone had posted on Facebook the other day–Watts was a Zen philosopher who died of a heart attack at age 58. He said it’s better to live a short life doing what you want than a long life full of misery. I’m not going to give up my gingerbread and the occasional pizza. Just not every day or even every week.
I think I’ve remarked on here several times how striking it is when you watch a movie from the ’70s or before and see HOW SKINNY EVERYONE IS. Just people wandering around in the background are skinny old men and women. Not what you see today. I won’t go off on a rant on HFCS here, but it was introduced in the ’80s, which is a hell of a coincidence. HFCS is illegal in Europe, but they’re starting to catch up with all our other bad food habits. Blah blah blah. You know the drill.
Anyway…if you’re trying to live healthier and get more active, good luck! There’s a lot all of us can do to treat ourselves better and educate ourselves. And whatever you do, don’t sit around looking at a computer all day!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.