Even though my mileage is slowly creeping up, I need to step things up some. Not necessarily my mileage, because I know that will come in time, but my overall exercise and diet routines. Please indulge me while I explain.
Back on the morning of February 12th, I woke up with chest pains and shortness of breath. At first, I attributed the chest pains to the large, "heavy" meal I had eaten the night before. I had experienced something similar in the past, so figured it would go away in a few hours. Didn't know what to make of the shortness of breath, but just assumed it was linked to my chest pains. No pain anywhere else, not even in my left arm (usually associated with a heart attack) so, to the best I was able, I carried on as I usually do in the mornings.
By 1:00pm the pains hadn't gone away and I was still having the shortness of breath and it was beginning to freak my wife out. It was freaking me out some as well, but I was trying not to show it. However, I finally let my wife convince me that she should take me to the hospital, so off we went.
First thing they did was to do an EKG, which thankfully came up normal. Did a couple of chest X-rays next, just to get a look at the heart from a couple of different angles. Everything looked fine there as well. In all, I spent four days in the hospital. While there, in addition to the tests already mentioned, they must have drawn about half of my blood to run every test known to man (more on that in a minute). By Wednesday, the pains had finally gone away and my breathing had also returned to normal. However, they wanted to keep an eye on me. Had a CT scan done, and that did show a little bit of plaque build-up, but no damage to my heart. They also had me do a stress test, for which I only lasted less than five minutes. Talk about pathetic LOL. That didn't show any abnormalities with my heart. That was on Thursday. As a last resort to try and find out what had caused the pains, they wanted to do an coronary angiogram. Talked it over with the wife, and decided what the heck, may as well see if that shows anything. Had that done on Friday morning and the results of that test were normal as well. Well, it did show that one of my coronary arteries wasn't where it was really supposed to be, but the doctor assured me that that wasn't the cause of the pain, and that it wasn't serious and probably would never cause any problems.
So, while the doctors were never able to discover the cause of the chest pains, I did find out that all things considered, I had a pretty healthy heart. It was the rest of me that was a wreck. The results of all that blood work were less than stellar.
I already knew that I had diabetes, but it had been a couple of years since I had an A1c test done. I had an A1C level of 11.2% which is way beyond what is normal. Off the top of my head, I don't remember what my cholesterol numbers were, but I know my good cholesterol was low and my bad cholesterol was high...waaaay high. And, to top it all off, even though I am on high blood pressure meds, my BP was way too high as well. While there, was told I would need to begin taking meds for my high cholesterol, and I was given a second pill for my high blood pressure. I also tipped their scales at 245 pounds. Like I said, my heart may have looked good, but the rest of me was falling apart.
Needless to say, my primary care doctor ripped me a new one. Basically told me that if things kept going like they had been, I'd be dead in five years, or less. Now there's a sobering thought if there ever was one. After ranting and raving for a few minutes, he calmed down and we had a very good, very long talk about my health. Gave me a boatload of information, both paper and web-based, and I left the hospital armed with the knowledge and motivation to make changes.
Well, here it is the second day of April, and while I have made slow progress with my mileage, all of my other plans have seemed to fallen by the wayside. Stepped on my scale this morning, and besides saying "ouch," it said I was weighing in at a hefty 252 pounds. Needless to say, that really sucks. (Oh, and for the record I'm 5 foot 10.)
It's time I stop fooling around and get serious. I've got to learn the art of portion control with some foods and cut some others out of my diet entirely. In addition to the riding I'm doing, I need to start exercising more. Being unemployed gives me plenty of time to sit around on my couch or at my computer desk and snack on pretzels or Chee-tos. Need to cut back on the snacks and also spend less time on my butt. One thing my doctor recommended, which I have yet to do but may start to do soon, is to get up and do some jumping jacks, push-ups and sit-ups during commercial breaks while watching the TV. Maybe I'll start doing walks around the block. Well, whatever I decide to do, I've got to do something to incorporate some additional exercise into my life.
Anyway, I just wanted to put this out here as a sort of accountability while I try to get my act together. I'm going to throw a weight loss ticker in my signature to go along with mileage goal ticker. Hopefully seeing the ticker each time I make a posting on the forum will act as additional motivation.
Thanks for letting me rant/vent. Have a good evening y'all.