October 19th. What a big day it was. We elected a new Prime Minister in Canada. It was also day 200 on my journey back to health. Day 200 was also a milestone day for me as I hit my 60lb weight loss goal.
I am writing this blog to hopefully inspire others to take the steps to better health. It’s not an overnight thing. It takes time. Make small changes and stick to them. Don’t try and do it all overnight. It’s ok to ask for help or support. I was joined the fat sick and nearly dead group on Facebook. While I don’t personally juice, It’s an amazing group of people with lots of support. I have also been blessed to have great friends and family to support me along the way.
For those of you who think you can’t do it. I’m here to tell you to believe in yourself and you can do it. Last year I had my 4th heart surgery ( A congenital condition I was born with). I am also a insulin dependent diabetic. If I can do it anyone can. the key is small steps every day and build on it.
200 Days ago I seen my cardiologist for a annual checkup after surgery. My blood pressure was up and he wanted to put me on another pill. That was my light bulb aha moment. I came home and told my wife I was going to make a change and started my journey.
200 days ago I was on 100 units of insulin a day, now I take 14.
200 days ago I was the heaviest sibling (brother) in our family. Now I am the lightest .
200 days ago I could not miss a single night with my bipap machine for sleep apnea or I could not function. now I wear it 2-3 times a month.
200 days ago I barley had the energy to walk a block. Now I get 30-60 minutes of exercise in each day. It may be walking or biking or swimming and I have recently added low weight strength training.
I gave myself a year to lose 60lbs and I did it in 200 days. I will take the rest of this year and life to continue to get in better shape. I have lost 11 inches off my waist alone and went from a size 40 jeans that were tight to a 34 jeans and needing a belt.
How did I do it? by slowly adding exercise into my routine, but more importantly by changing my diet. I have cut out most of the processed crap that comes in a box. I have increased my fruits and vegetables and eat sensibly.
I feel 20 years younger and am now in the best shape of my life.
Have a great day everyone and don’t be afraid to make small changes towards a better life.
Here are a few before and after shots