My Sugar Free Journey: Part One

My Sugar Free Journey: Part One

My Sugar Free Journey Part One

It Started at The Beginning

I have been fat for as long as I can remember.  I was a fat kid, fat in Jr High, fat in High School, fat in my Wedding pics, and only got fatter as the years went on.  I knew I was big but didn’t really have a sense of HOW big I was getting or what it was doing to my health.  I mean I knew I was never going to run a marathon but I was fine with that because who in their right mind wants to run a marathon?

No Self-Evaluation Skills At All

I know at this point the best thing to do is to put up an old picture of when I was at my biggest but I can’t bring myself to do it…not yet at least.  UPDATE: You can see a pic of me at the top of the 28 Day Challenge group.  One of the reasons I didn’t have a grasp of how big I had gotten was that we didn’t own a scale that would go up high enough to weigh me.  It stopped at 250 and I figured I was maybe 20 pounds or so over that.  I was a smidge off.

The Weigh-In

Somehow or another I got a membership in to a 24 Hour fitness and was able to use their scales and BOY was I shocked to see my weight.  I was tipping the scales at a whopping 388 pounds.  Then I decided to go to the doctor (something I NEVER do) to see how bad things had gotten.  I gat as far into the physical as checking my blood pressure before it was clear I had an issue.

I Envisioned Pricking My Finger and Being Able to Shoot Blood for 20 Yards

I don’t remember the second number of the BP because I was so focused on the first.  I knew healthy BP was like 120/80 or something so expected to be like 160/something.  I wasn’t even close.  It was 220+ over something.  The nurse checked it twice because she was sure the machine had malfunctioned, then asked me if I was having chest pains.  Then she said she was calling an ambulance to take me to the hospital.  I said “Nope, I’m self-employed and have the world’s crappiest insurance, I can’t afford that.”  So I got a stern talking to by the doc, some blood pressure medicine and was out the door.

And So It Began

But at least now I was motivated…kinda.  I spent the next few years trying different diets and different exercise programs.  I managed to lose some but it was a mostly horrible period in my life.

Next time: We look at the diets I tried and why they failed.

Link to Part 2

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