Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rocking the medical exam!

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude
.  -Thomas Jefferson

As mentioned in a previous post, I had a doctor’s visit this week to assess a condition that has caused some concern.  The problem was attributed to my excessive weight so I was hoping that the progress I’ve made in shrinking my size and eating healthier diet have helped the situation.

The first glimmer of hope came when the nurse took my vitals.  After weighing me she looked at my chart and said, “Wow.  You’ve lost some weight!”  (At my last appointment in July I was 32 lbs. heavier than I am today!)  She also took my blood pressure and noted that the reading is in the healthy range rather than the “borderline high” reading I had last month.

During the exam, my doctor took a look at my insides with her equipment and said the condition that had her worried was clearing up and body functions will be back to normal operation in no time.

A capture from my application
video for a regional weight loss
reality program.  This was what
I looked like in April of this year.
Since I was in my 20s I have been overweight.  Up until the past year and a half I was never really concerned about the damage the excess pounds were doing to my body.  I was heavy and didn’t like being heavy but I was never that motivated to do anything about it because I felt I was fairly healthy in spite of my weight.

I don’t think I was being completely honest with myself.  Looking back at the previous years, I realize I could have accomplished so much more with my life if I had been feeling better and feeding my body healthy foods instead of junk.  Like they say, hind sight is 20/20.

It took an interruption of my body functions and crippling pain in my knees to get my attention, make me look at my out of control weight for what it was and do something about it.
A photo I took of myself this week.
I am still learning how to use my
cell phone's camera.

My growing weight was a slow form of suicide, fueled by a low self esteem and apathy.  Thank God I woke up and put that way of living (or dying) firmly in the past!  Each day I grow healthier, stronger, happier, and prouder of myself.  I am discovering how to appreciate myself and be grateful for the life I have been given and the people I am blessed to have in my life.

I had no idea how bad I was feeling until I started feeling THIS GOOD!  Now that I know how much better life is – and can be from here on out – I am facing the 100 or so extra pounds left on my frame with renewed vigor.  Nothing can stop me or turn me back to the old way of living.

That adage about old dogs and new tricks is a fallacy. You can change your life.  All it takes is a change of mind.  I'm living proof!

In other news, I am riding the bike to work again and it feels wonderful!  It’s amazing how much easier the task has become with 51 fewer pounds to carry around!  The cooler morning temps have me looking forward to the cooler commutes this fall – maybe I’ll even start going on longer rides!


  1. Happy to hear it was a good report at the Dr.'s appt. Your before and after pics are amazing!

  2. Yeah. Any time I start doubting my progress I look at one of those before images. I am amazed at the change and I see it every day.