Recently, I reached a personal tipping point when I weighed in one morning at 325lbs. So here is the hand I have dealt myself. Read ’em and weep… I am 35; I weigh 325lbs; I am type 2 diabetic; I have metabolic disorder; fatty liver disease; and my kidney function is beginning to fail. I am in serious risk of death within the next 10 years unless I make a change. I am also an addict. I have battled addiction for much of my life and though I never hit a terrible “bottom” with drugs or alcohol, I did take a 2 year hiatus from drinking when I was still working in automotive retail when I began to have blackouts and drove home severely intoxicated on two occasions, but as usual, I digress. The point here, is that if I do not commit to a serious life change, I will end up with a serious life change in the form of the end.
Bottom line, I have been working really hard to grow my seo company; I have a nice home, a wonderful life, 3 amazing kids including our newest addition, Clover, who is only 6 months old and a wonderfully supportive wife. I’d like to stick around and enjoy all the future holds for us.
I’ve beaten a lot of odds along my personal life path. Raising a child at a very young age; dropping out of college; legal issues – I went down some pretty dark roads before finding my path in life. I never realized that addiction was once again rearing its ugly head back into my life until it was too late. I simply replaced my previous addictions with food. One thing I have found however, is that I am really great at going to extremes. Moderation? Well… that might not be in the cards for me. But if I can charge at something like the rhinoceros I have literally grown in to, I just might be able to kick this thing!
In the process of looking for an extreme solution that could ultimately lead to a lifestyle change I discovered a great documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This movie documents the journey of Joe Cross, an entrepreneur who, after attaining success, began to eat and drink himself to 309lbs. Clearly, I felt a certain kinship in this regard. He developed some pretty nasty diseases as a result of his extreme weight gain and knew that he needed to change his life or it was going to be the end.
He went on a juice fast for 60 days and in the process lost 92lbs. I would definitely recommend this documentary even if you don’t think this is something you would do. There’s a lot more to it than the excerpts I mention and I found this to be a truly inspirational story.
I have made up my mind. I have committed myself to this journey. I have researched the pros and cons and even potential dangers a juice fast poses to a diabetic. I am not going at this haphazardly. I am doing this under professional medical supervision. I am starting with a 15 day fast. When I make it, I intend to continue on for another 15 days. After that I have a vacation coming up in April. When I return, I intend to go another 30 days. My goal is to lose 105lbs fasting. Once I reach 220lbs I will slowly add back in a primarily plant based diet combined with fish and possibly cage free organic poultry. Red meat and pork, however, will no longer be part of my diet. There is simply too much real science about the effect of animal protein on the human body particularly in the context of the chemicals that the majority of animal based protein is treated with today. Frankly, it’s f@ck|n scary!
My juicer arrived yesterday! I made a first juice to try it out because I was concerned that many cons suggested that it took too much fruit and produce to get enough juice. 3 apples and 2 kiwi’s later and I had enough juice for 3 people. That certainly alleviated those concerns. I’m psyched. This is going to be hard – Damn hard. But I can do it. Erin, (my wife) is going to join me on this quest. She too, is very excited to begin this journey to better health. I will be documenting this journey and blogging about it frequently. If you’re considering a juice fast, particularly if you are a diabetic, you may be very interested in my experience. I will do my best to include sugar levels and such as well.
For those diabetic’s considering this, I am an extreme case. My fasting glucose levels when not medicated are about 609mg/dl which any diabetic will know is extremely high. My first A1c was nearly 14. I have been fairly controlled for the past few years with an a1c that ranges between 6.5 and 7.2. Currently I am insulin dependent. My goal is to be off all medicines by June of this year. I hope you’ll cheer me on!