Fitness and Health State of the Union

As I alluded to in my previous couple posts, this blog is kind of going to be Niche-less, as I have a million and one interests and I simply enjoy writing. That being said, one of the main topics found here on my little corner of the internet will be fitness/health/weight loss.

I have been overweight most of my adult life. I have had a dozen blogs and 1000’s of posts over the last 15 years where I wrote about my highs and lows of my journey trying to get healthy. As it stands right now, I am relatively healthy except for being overweight, i.e., at my last physical the two concerns were my blood pressure a decade old issue and my cholesterol. The Blood pressure has been fixed by going back on medication for the first time in 3 years (I do like to take any medication) and the cholesterol is trending in the right direction. I am scheduled to go back to the doctor at the beginning of fall, and going forward I plan to go to the doctor at least once a year after not having seen a doctor in 4 years to keep an eye on things.

I won’t go into all the details just yet, but I have had some issues over the years with blood pressure as I mentioned, and migraines being the two most significant issues with one no doubt driving the other. The headaches are under control, knock on wood these days, being down to 4 or 5 a year from a peak of 15-20 days a month from 2010-2012 and I can handle that. I had dozens of tests, saw two neurologists, CAT scans, MRI’s all kinds of things but we couldn’t find the cause or what was happening. The best neurologist in my city said to me “We will likely never be able to tell you the cause of your migraines” and his best guess was it was the result of concussions I suffered when I was young.

So all this rambling brings me to my weight. This morning I weighed 246 lbs with a 50-inch waist across the navel. This is embarrassing and leaves me with many health risks. I have the waist of a 300 lbs man. Sitting at a computer for my work life and most of my hobbies (gaming/photo editing/etc. etc.) certainly does not help matters. I was 250 at the end of last week, so at least I have started going in the right direction, but a month ago I was 240.

I have tried seemingly every program out there over the years, Cybergenics, Body for Life, Weight Watchers, P90x/P90/, volume training, etc. etc., and I have gained and lost 100’s of pounds. I mentioned in the first post I once wanted to look like Arnold, now I merely want to be healthy. Now I just want to get to a point where I am not limited by my weight and general fitness levels to hike, kayak, chase waterfalls/wildlife/sunrises and sunsets on my photography adventures, and to live a long life and one day be able to play with my grandchildren.

In my next post, I will discuss how I plan to start working in the right direction.

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