I am a 43 year old husband & father of one child. I currently work full time as an operations manager for a third party distribution center managing close to 100 people and Senior Pastor and sole proprietor of a church started by my mom 30+ years ago with approximately 200 mbrs.
- What inspired you to take action and make this incredible change?
Five years ago I was diagnosed with hypertension thanks to my weight. The doctor put me on a bunch of meds that were regulating my blood pressure BUT destroying my organs (heart & Kidney) both of which heart & kidney failure run in my family. My mom also had hypertension along with diabetes. Two and half years ago she went into the hospital for a sore on her leg only to end up losing her leg and heart not being strong enough to survive the surgery so we lost her as well :-(. A conversation I had with my mom a month before she passed away was ” if she could’ve done things differently in life she would’ve made better choices pertaining to her health & wellness(eating right & exercise). It’s too late for me but you only have one body son so take care of it”. So a few months after she passed around May of 2013 I started working on my health with the goal to get off the meds that were destroying my internal body. Also around that time I went to the doctors to find out my heart had enlarged and kidney began to lose functionality because my hypertension. It was still not under control even with all the meds. The doctor put it this way “your weight is killing you. You have got to lose the weight.”
- Did you find it difficult to stay on track during the process?
Yes I found it extremely difficult to stay on track and a many of days I did not. But when I fell off the wagon I didn’t stay off. I got up, brushed myself off, and kept going forward.
- What helped you stick with it and not give up? Because I know it can get tough.
The thought of “not wanting to die prematurely and leave my wife and son” was the driving force that kept me on track.
- Were your friends and family encouraging you during the experience? If so, do you find it helped you stay motivated and kept you going?
I had strong support from family and friends and YES that makes the difference. That support system made the journey a lot easier.
- What are some of the benefits you got from the whole experience?
Lost 100lbs and no longer on any of the meds. Heart went back to normal size AND kidney function is normal
- There is so many options for people to lose weight but many are still finding it difficult to acheive. What exactly did you do to lose that weight?
Changed what I ate was the first step. In six months with that alone I lost 53 lbs. No supplements and no gym. I hit a plateau there and implemented cardio and starting losing again and eventually herbal supplements to reach my goal.
- If you were able to go back in time before you made the change what advice would you give yourself?
Once you start just stick to it and don’t look at it as a diet but look at it as a lifestyle change.
- Do you have any advice for those who don't know how to get started?
Yes, email me. lolol. But on a serious note just ask people who have taken the journey for help.
- You have an inspiring story! Do you have any last words you'd like to share with anyone?
Although the journey head looks difficult, go forward. You are not too old or too far gone that you cannot get your health and life back. Once on track stay the course and don’t quit until you reach your final destination.