Today is a special day for me. One year ago today I made the decision I had to get healthier.
On January 21st 2009, I was 442 pounds, I could not walk three blocks without loads of pain in my hip, I spent probably 35 hours a week playing video games, I would drink at least 6 sodas a day, and as far as caffeine went, I probably had 35 caffeinated beverages a week. At the time I got no more than 6 hours of sleep most nights, and those were usually interrupted as my back or hip would bother me. I was eating about 4000 calories a day, all of crap; a salad was the farthest thing from my mind at most meals, and in fact probably ate fast food 3-5 times a week. On January 21st 2009 we bought bikes, and I found that I could not ride more than a couple of miles without feeling like I was going to die.
So what about one year later? The biggest change is that Iím now happily married to a wonderful woman. Iím down to 375, still heavy but with 67 pounds gone I feel so much better. I can go out walking with my wife for a couple of hours now and not be in any pain. I still play video games, but Iím down to well under 10 hours a week, and only as recreation not as life. If I drink a soda these days it is maybe one a week and that a diet, and caffeine is completely out, not to mention the fact that I drink at least 64 ounces on water a day. I generally sleep 8 hours a night, and those hours are almost always uninterrupted. I eat between 1800 and 2000 calories a day now, and try to make sure they are all good calories, salads are a staple in my diet now, and fast food is completely out no. And now it is not unusual to take my bike out and ride 15-20 miles, come home and still have plenty of energy for the rest of the day.
Needless to say the last year has been good to me. Here is to the prayer and plan that 2010 will be just as good.