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It quite honestly starts all the way back in my early years when, as a kid, I was significantly overweight and took a lot of heckling as a result. So at age 12, I decided I was going to change that. I joined Weight Watchers and got rid of 20 pounds as I was growing. And it just made a big difference on me, both physically as well as mentally.
And so I've remained committed really, since then, to staying healthy and in physical shape. So I that is something that I've just adhered to pretty much my whole life.
Angelo: Do you love your body?
Keith: So, yes, truthfully, I do. I'm pleased with the results. What I've been able to do. A good example of that is about four months ago I went to my 45th high school reunion. Quite honestly, I felt like I was reaping the rewards you could see, all the effort to maintain a healthy physique, compared to all these folks I've gone to school with, and how dramatically different the men in particular looked. And I got a number of comments from folks about how well I had maintained myself.
If I'm going to live a long life, I have to put the effort into it. At least to increase the opportunity, the chances. My closest friend in life for 40 years died suddenly last May (2022). They just found him dead on the bathroom floor. And he hadn't even gotten to retirement. I just felt so bad.
He and I were traveling a lot. He was starting to build up the kind of savings that he wanted to, to retire. And then, boom, it was over. He just didn't put the same kind of effort into into staying healthy. And he had other health issues that he had to deal with. But it just reinforced for me that I at least need to put the time and the effort in if I want to live a long life, I can't just expect it to happen
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