A Journey Back: Week 3

Starting Weight – 233

New Weight – 227

Well, this was an interesting week. I woke up on Sunday and started feeling like I got hit by a semi, and then had a constant dizzy feeling and a cloudy head. I thought I was just getting sick and didn’t think much of it. But, I woke up Monday feeling just as bad without any flu or cold symptoms. It was an odd sensation that I hadn’t really ever felt. Luckily I felt better by Tuesday so I worked out, and pretty hard at that. Then Wednesday came along and once again I felt like I had been ran over by a train and couldn’t think straight. This feeling drug into Thursday so at that point I had to see a doctor and get some answers.

After seeing the doctor it turns out I have high blood pressure and very likely sleep apnea. The high blood pressure is rather alarming at my age, but the sleep apnea is common in my family and not much of a surprise. I also have a few concerns with my heart so I have an appointment to get that checked out on Monday. But until I can get my blood pressure down and feel back to normal the most working out I can do is a 15-20 minute brisk walk. For someone who is used to being active that’s a hit to the gut, especially when I’m trying to lose weight.

So what now?

To be honest, after hearing this news I wanted to order a giant pizza and get a gallon of ice-cream and sulk all day. I’d been having horrible cravings since the beginning of the week anyways and figured one day of binging couldn’t hurt. But then I thought about the six pounds I’ve already lost and how good I’ve been with my diet. And what was I thinking one binge couldn’t ruin it all? That’s a complete lie to myself. One binge could absolutely ruin it all. So, I decided I’ve come this far and I can’t let these health issues push me off track. I’ll continue to eat all natural and do my 15-20 brisk walk each day. I’ve also decided to take Fish Oil supplements with my vitamins since they seem to be good for your heart and blood pressure.

Another hit to the gut was the doctor telling me to lay off the booze for a while. One thing an Irishman doesn’t want to hear is “you can’t drink.” But, it’s the price I paid for not taking care of my body. Eventually I’ll be able to drink again just not like how I used to.

I really honestly expected some bumps in the road, but I thought it would be because of an injury that would keep me from working out. This isn’t an injury and doesn’t have a clear time table on when it’ll be fixed. This is because I didn’t take care of myself or go to the doctor for a checkup consistently.

And my advice to all; go to the doctor consistently, take care of your body by eating healthy and working out, and be prepared for when your body goes from young to old because it feels like it happens overnight.

On to next week…

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