Sunday, 28 August 2016

Question: What has someone said to you that you can never forget?

On one of the Facebook groups I’m a member of, this question was posed:

What has someone said to you that you can never forget?

I thought about it for a while, would I answer, would I not… In the end, I’m glad I did. This is what I had to say…

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Hmm.... So I wasn't feeling great earlier this year and, like a lot of guys my age, I didn't bother going to the doctor for a few months.

When I did, the Doc told me I had diabetes. Nothing overly strange there, I was a very very overweight guy, I mean VERY!

The diabetes could be treated, but it was the other issues that had her worried. Blood pressure through the roof, iron levels off the scale, cholesterol in the stratosphere, liver going mental... Quite a few other things going wrong.

She told me straight out, change or you will be dead before you're 50. Now, I know I look beautifully youthful in my profile pic, but 50 is not very far away for me at all, in fact it is far too close for my liking.

We talked a lot, I was scared shitless to be honest. The diabetes didn't worry me, that was the least of my issues. I remember taking the rest of the day off work and just wandering around thinking what a stupid fool I'd been to let myself get in this situation.

I spoke with my family that night, they new something was up already, but I made light of it, told them about the diabetes and that was about it.

I went home that night alone and threw everything in the presses and fridge out, absolutely everything. Next day I started fresh. No more junk food, no more take aways, no more biscuits, chocolate, cakes. Bye bye Burger King, bye bye Red Bull, bye bye breakfast rolls. Just bye bye everything.

In came vegetables, chicken, wholegrain rice, fruit, salads, lots and lots of salads.

Every week I was back for tests, the scariest for me was the ECG. As I mentioned, I was very overweight. All I could think was, my heart is wrecked, it has to be... Thankfully, as it turns out, the ECG came back fine. I'm not sure I can explain how overjoyed I was to hear that, I'll not lie, a tear was shed.

Anyway, after 4 months of this changed lifestyle, I went back for more tests. I got a call off the Doc a few days later. She said I don't know what you're doing, but your results are phenomenal. Keep doing what you're doing.

So, here I sit on a Sunday morning 6 months later having made some serious lifestyle changes.

So yeah, I'll never forget the Doc telling I wouldn't make 50 if I didn't change.

I don't think I've publicly put this photo on Facebook before, but it's a before and during image. On the left is February 2016, on the right is July 2016. I recognise the guy on the left, I lived with him all my life. The guy on the right, I'm just getting to know him.

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