I’m going to warn my readers up front – this blog isn’t going to be touchy-feely. It may make those who know me uncomfortable. I’m sorry for that, but I can’t mince words on these issues any more.
So here’s the plain truth, as it is on this day in August, 2013.
I’m fat. Very fat. Morbidly Obese. This is not a matter of subjective opinion. It is a quantifiable fact. At 6’6″ tall, 354 pounds, I have a Body Mass Index of 40.8. This places me in the category of “morbidly obese”. I have heart disease, and I am a diabetic. To say this is not good is such an understatement as to be idiotic. This is a deadly combination. At this rate, I am not likely to see 50 (I’m 45 now).
I’ve tried diet and exercise, and actually had some good results. I was at one point down to 330 pounds (Horray! Only “severely obese” at that point). Then, I fell off the wagon, began eating crap food (and too much of it), and put back 25 pounds in a few short months.
The story isn’t all bleak, though – at one point, I was in excess of 400 pounds. How much in excess I am not sure – the scale at the doctor’s office only went to 400, and I was above that. I bought a special scale for the house – one that could handle up to 380 pounds. I was very proud the first time I weighed myself on that scale and saw a number instead of “Err”. Kind of a sad achievement, in a way, but still…
So here we are – at a turning point. One of my doctors basically said “until you lose weight, there is nothing I can do for you that will work. And the only way you will lose the weight is through surgery.” I went down to a local hospital and attended a seminar on their bariatric surgery program. They do have an excellent program, one of the best in the world. But:
- I am not a good candidate for surgery in general due to my prior history and being on blood thinners.
- Surgery scares the hell out of me.
So I would rather not take that path. Alas, there is some research out there that suggests that the success rate for patients with a BMI > 40 losing weight and keeping it off is very low. Very, very low. Single digit percentages.
But I am going to see if I can beat those odds. And if you read this blog, you’re going to see, too.
I’ve purchased a bike, and I am alternating walking and riding for exercise, striving for a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise every day. I am logging everything I eat in an app on my phone / computer, and avoiding junk food. So far, so good. I lost 8 pounds in the last week.
I’m going to post my weight, my activity, and my general notes here. I’m done living as a land whale. I’m either going to work this weight off, or die trying. Time will tell which one it is….