If I live until Sunday one of life’s hurdles will be behind me as my odometer flips over to 40 on Saturday.

My doctor assured me during a visit this that I am a healthy 40. My good cholesterol looks good, my bad cholesterol is better than normal, and my blood pressure checks out.

The only mark against me is my weight. which makes it ironic that 40 in Roman numerals is XL. The good news is my weight is lower than it was a month or two ago, and doc agrees the trend is one I should strive to continue. He also agrees that the ideal weight indicated by BMI standards is low unless you’re a marathon runner.