Thursday, July 5, 2007

My Story, Part Two

By the time May of 1999 rolled around I had ballooned up to 325 pounds. Things didn't look so hot at work, so I started taking classes in case I needed to find another job. I was going to school during the day and working at night, and maybe getting about 4-5 hours of sleep every night.

About two weeks before I graduated from school, I came down with pneumonia and nearly didn't graduate. Once I recovered, I started losing weight with very little effort. I also started becoming extremely thirsty, drinking gallons of water a day and urinating just as much. By the time January of 2000 rolled around I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

So there I was, just a few weeks after my 40th birthday. I had high blood pressure, diabetes, and weighed 290 pounds. I started taking care of myself, got my weight down to about 275, but soon after it started back up and seemed to stabilize at 290 plus or minus 5 pounds.

As long as my blood pressure and blood sugar readings were under control with my medications, I really didn't pay attention to my weight. I did become somewhat concerned in 2005 when my meds had to be increased, but not concerned enough to do anything about it.

By the start of 2006, I was on 4 daily blood pressure pills and two diabetes pills. Then something interesting happened. That April my 16 year old son started giving me grief because he was starting to grow taller than me. At the same time, he was rowing for his high school crew team, trying to make a lightweight boat.

That's when it hit me. Here he was, taller than me, rowing in a boat where the maximum weight was 150 pounds. Almost twice his weight. I was almost twice his weight. That hit home. Hard.

They say God works in mysterious ways. The next week I saw fliers in work for the next Weight Watchers at Work session that was starting up. Coincidence? Anyway, I signed up, took it seriously, and now, a little over a year later, I'm under my goal weight, a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, and probably within 5 pounds of my son's weight. I never in a million years thought that I had it in me to make such a profound change. I guess we all have something within ourselves that enables us to do something life changing. We just have to keep looking for it until we find it.

So that's my story. I hope I hope you enjoyed it.


Mystic Kitty said...

Congratulations! Like you I have lost, regained and lost. It wasn't until this time I realized that our work has just begun when it comes time to maintain. Keep on keeping on! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story.

TB--Milwaukee said...

Love the pictures...You certainly don't look like the same guy.

Jake Silver said...

Yes I enjoyed it. Good post.

Anonymous said...

That was amazing! Congratulations on your success - I know it wasn't easy to change your mindset in order to change your life.

Israel said...

that wasnt so long, i was actually looking forward to reading more. congrats, an inspiration.

Shirls said...

I just stumbled across this blog today through another blog and I have to say as someone who has done, almost the same thing, I love to read about others who have as well, congrats, I know it took some damn hard!