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This week I received many “Happy Birthday” e-mails from our patients and I greatly appreciate those very kind words.  One patient made my day by writing at the end of her well-wishes,  Forever Young.  (Turning 66 I am now feeling Forever Old.)   This made me think of the Rod Stewart song released in 1988, Forever Young.  The song was actually a re-write of a Bob Dylan original.  Stewart wrote the song because he felt that his touring schedule deprived him of spending significant quality time with his children.  The lyrics:

May the good Lord be with you down every road you roam.
And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you’re far from home.
And my you grow to be proud, dignified and true.
And do unto others as you’d have done to you.
Be courageous and be brave.
And in my heart you’ll always stay

Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. (Forever young)

May good fortune be with you, may your guiding light be strong,
Build a stairway to heaven with a prince or a vagabond.
And may you never love in vain.
And in my heart you will remain

Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. Forever young

And when you fin’lly fly away, I’ll be hoping that I served you well.
For all the wisdom of a lifetime, no one can ever tell.
But whatever road you choose, I’m right behind you win or lose,

Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. (Forever young)
Forever young. Forever young
For forever young

This is the song I danced to with my daughter at her wedding.  Very poignant for me indeed.

Losing weight and keeping that weight off will not keep us “Forever Young”.  However, the anti-aging that occurs with weight control, both internally and externally, will allow us to live longer, healthier and happier lives.  No, we cannot be “Forever Young”, but we sure can slow down the process of aging and allow us to be there for so many fun and important events involving our loved ones.   Stay focused…and enjoy Rod Stewart’s Forever Young.