Life as we have come to know it is guided by our goals and objectives. Some of them are derived intrinsicly, others from the myriad of incidences of life. I had just completed 40 years of a career in education, from teacher to principal, and finally as the CIO for the of the largest school districts in the nation. I enjoyed my work and career but in the process neglected my own good health. I learned, first hand, that diabetes can be caused by stress. Long periods of inactivity lead to being overweight and not completely healthy. A year before I retired, I bought a bike, it sat for a year, After my retirement, i took the time to walk and ride. I learned that I had to set an objective to execise properly (stay in the range). My wife bought me a Polar system for our 38th anniversary to assist with meeting the ultimate goal, lose the extra pounds.This system has helped me stay in the range to execise properly. I have lost 15 of the 30 pounds needed for me to get in an optimal weight range. I am biking more miles steadily each week, even with challenging hills. I cycle and monitor regularly.My control of my diabetes is better than it has been in years. Kick starting a good metabolic rate takes work and the right tools. And my QoL is better than it has been in years. There is truth in the words" knowledge is power", "change is guided properly with good information". The goals are to regain my health and vigor; along the way use the right tools to to meet the objectives.