Focusing On My Health, A Journey To A Better Life

I haven’t shared much about my personal health before, largely because I was embarrassed about it.

Growing up an overweight child presented many personal development problems. Being the “fat” kid and the but of all jokes wasn’t very uplifting for someone that just wanted to fit in with their classmates.

I stayed overweight up until I graduated High School. Magically, when I turned 19 I went through a growth spurt and got down to 125lbs and was wearing a pant size 29-30 which is extremely hard to find.

Years passed by and I got married and became a father. As I got more focused on my career and the stress of having a family, the weight piled back on until I found myself at the largest I had ever been.

 

Warning Shot

I had been hovering around 290lbs for almost 5 years, always telling myself that once I hit 300lbs I would finally do something about my weight.

On December 19, 2014  I woke up to feeling nauseated and that “pins and needles” feeling in my right hand. I wrote the feeling off as allergies ( plus my family had just got the Flu ) and the pins and needles as sleeping on my arm that night. After getting dressed and driving into the agency, I couldn’t shake the feeling in my arm.

At this time, I had also been suffering from fuzzy vision. It was difficult to read letters and make out objects unless they were close up. I wrote this off to the fact I needed to have reading glasses years ago and simply stopped using them and now I was getting worse and needed new glasses.

At lunch, I decided to text my wife and get a blood pressure and blood glucose reading from a local pharmacy to see what was going on.

440 Blood Sugar

The blood pressure and heart rate checked out to be OK ( not great, but not bad ), but my blood sugar was enough to send most people into a comma.

I didn’t go to a doctor, but I tried for a full week to naturally lower my blood sugar by drinking more water, exercising, and avoiding carbs. It took a full week to finally achieve this.

 

My Weight Ballooned

When I got home that night, I decided to step on the scale since I had collected so much other information about my health that day. I was shocked to find that for 5 years I hovered about 290 and that today, I was 306 lbs.

The sight nearly crushed me. Here it was, the day that I had been waiting for and telling myself would be the catalyst for change.

My thoughts went to my children and wife and what I life without me would do to them…

 

Course Correction

It took a week of getting 8 hours of sleep a night, drinking only water, avoiding carbs and sugars, and walking on my treadmill daily to lower my blood sugar to below 200. Even high 100′s is not ideal, but I finally got it to more acceptable level. When I weighed myself  on December 27th, I had lost 16 lbs and was at 290lbs again.

It took me 2 weeks to finally see a blood sugar reading of less than 110.

As of this writing, I still have not gone to a doctor to get an official reading. My family has battled Diabetes for generations and I am 100% confident that I crossed a line with my eating habits and poor health habits.

I am committing myself to changing my diet and exercising for 20 minutes daily for all of 2015. My goal is to have lost 100lbs before 2016.

 

Conclusion

Everyone makes New Years Resolution, it just so happens I had to make mine a few weeks before January 1st rolled around.

Don’t make excuses to yourself that you, “Will do X after Y”. Go ahead and start the change you need today. I have probably caused a lot of damage to my body already waiting for those last 10 pounds to trip me over 300lbs.

Don’t make the same mistake I did. If you have a goal, start on it today.

 

Hi! I'm Jason Brown and I’m a 36 year old digital marketing intrapreneur living in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. I've been involved with the Internet since 1996 and have personally made millions online with my creative marketing tactics and persistence. I blog about marketing, money, and motivation. Thanks for stopping by!

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