A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Dentist
I am a 58-year-old man who has suffered one major heart attack. I was very overweight, 238 pounds and only 5 feet 6 inches tall. Following my heart attack, I lost nearly 40 pounds through diet and exercise. In the next couple of years, I slowly gained most of it back. In an attempt to lose the added weight, my wife signed us both up to train to walk a half marathon (13.1 miles).
In nine months of training I lost 15 pounds and we successfully ran/walked our first half marathon, November of 2010. Since then we have run/walked at least one half marathon every month. Despite all of the miles that we logged each month, I could not loose any more weight. I hit a plateau at 215 pounds. That is where my story really begins.
It was April Fools Day, 2011; my wife was driving me to the dentist on her way to Life Motivations. My cell phone ran and it was my dentist canceling my appointment. Rather than turning around and going home I simply went with my wife to her appointment.
We were met by a very energetic, very enthusiastic Physicians Assistant who invited me to step up on her fancy scale. I did and to no surprise I weighed in at 215.4 pounds. She handed me a printout and told me that I needed to lose 60 pounds. She said that she could help me lose about 30 pounds in 45 days. I thought to myself, “yeah, right” I can’t lose five pounds running nearly 100 miles a month. When she told me that I would have to do little to no exercise for it to work, I really became a non-believer.
My wife had researched this “diet” program; I had no clue what it involved. What went through my mind next was that if my wife was committed to this program, that my life might be whole lot easier if I went through it with her. Memories of my ruining her past diets by having foods in the house that she was not allowed to eat still haunt me. I figured, what the heck, I have nothing to lose by doing it. When this very excited PA offered us a discount, I signed up. In the back of my mind was that this would never work.
I nearly backed out when Elizabeth (I learned that the very passionate PA has a name) pulled out a needle and syringe. I hate shots and this program requires shots. I sucked it up and thought that the crazy things that my wife gets me into usually turn out for the best.
We went home that April Fools evening loaded down with protein shakes, syringes, HGC, vitamins, meal plans, recipes, and a protocol ready to start our new adventure.
The first week was a little hectic adjusting to what worked best for us. My wife eats more in the morning and I eat more in the evening so we each settled in to slightly different routines. We stopped exercising. At weeks end, I lost eight pounds! Unbelievable!
On the 8th day we were scheduled to run a half marathon in the National Forest just north of Houston. We went off of the program for the weekend. We ran our half marathon on Saturday and on Sunday morning I was two pounds heavier! It boggled my mind to think that I could run 13.1 miles and still gain weight. Again I quit exercising and went back on the program. The end of the second week I lost the two pounds that I had gained plus another six pounds! It was actually working.
Each week I would weigh in and each week I would weigh less. Tomorrow is my last weigh in. I have lost nearly 30 pounds. I am hoping to weigh in tomorrow at 185.4 pounds, that would be exactly 30 pounds in 45 days!
Elizabeth kept her promise to me that she would help me lose weight quickly and relatively painlessly (I still hate shots). But more importantly, my blood pressure is no longer elevated, my resting pulse has lowered from the 90s to the 70s and my overall health has greatly improved. I no longer wear double X size shirts I can fit into a size large, which is two sizes smaller than when I started this program!
I am no longer a non-believer. I am a promoter!
I can’t wait to begin Phase II where I will be allowed to exercise again, eat more foods and watch the weight melt away.
Attorney at Law
(185 pounds and shrinking)