My God, I do not want to come back to this topic, but I don’t really have a choice.
Saturday evening my wife Jamie had a mild heart attack.
She was bringing in the groceries and was carrying too much. The entrance to our apartment goes through the utility space, and she collapsed against the dryer. She had all the classic symptoms: chest pain, tingling in her left arm, dizziness and nausea. Once we got her to the couch I gave her a baby aspirin and called 911.
After doing all the necessary tests on her, the doctors concluded that her heart had blocked 100% for a moment and then cleared itself. If it hadn’t cleared itself she probably wouldn’t have made it out of the utility closet. The damage to her heart appeared to be minor and there were no other major blockages.
In other words, if she had to have a heart attack, it was about the best kind of she could have had. Of course, that’s like saying, “If you have to eat a crap sandwich…”
My wife and I fall under the category of “morbidly obese”. This is our third warning. I’ve had two and now she’s had one. She was lucky it was just a warning; I could easily have been writing her obituary right now.
Expect a renewed instance of Put That Freakin’ Sandwich Down, this one done with a vigor that verges on the frantic. If you want to follow our progess, you can do it over on GameDevDad.
And I’d like to thank everyone who prayed for Jamie and supported me during this time.
I can feel a bit of your pain. Not on the obesity front though, but it’s quite similar in the essence.
It’s like, despite all the warnings and the constant crappy situation, all of my attempts on fixing the problem always tend to end up in a total failure.
I wish you a good health and that you can accomplish your goal. Here, stumbled upon this website on lifehacker, maybe it will help you http://loseitorloseit.com/
Eep! If there’s any advice on improving your health and losing weight in general, it’s that you can’t expect to do so with will power alone. A lot of people who have the best intentions in trying a diet or an exercise regime eventually stop because it’s a battle of will day in and day out. “I feel exhausted after a long day at work. Do I really have to put these chips away and ride my exercise bike tonight? Can’t I just treat myself just this once?”
Using your will power is like sprinting. For short bursts of activity, it’s fine, but for the long haul, it’s not going to work. When you use will power to lose weight over the course of weeks, months, and years, it feels like you’re trying to sprint constantly.
A better way to apply it: take an hour and clean your house out of junk food and otherwise poor quality foods. Then go grocery shopping. There. Now you are surrounded by healthy food and can’t be tempted with junk. Next, spend part of an evening creating dinners for the week. Now it’s easy to continue eating healthy because the food is all ready to go each day.
You use will power to sprint your way to a more supportive environment. After that, it’s self-discipline, otherwise known as “remembering what you want”, which should be a lot easier to do in an environment that supports your goals.
Is it possible to join a group of like-minded individuals? Weight Watchers is a popular one, but even just finding other people to create a supportive group is great. Now you’re not just accountable to yourselves. You are also kind of accountable to these friends.
Get your children involved. Make it a game to get them to help you by sticking to your plans to get healthier, but of course, realize what the not-so-fun stakes are.
Good luck. I’ll pray for you both.
I was overweight once and I’m still kind of chubby. Do you know what helped me lose a lot of weight? Citrus fruits, especially lemon juice. The bottle’s name was “The Juice of 12 Lemons”, because it contained, well, the juice of 12 lemons. I’m no nutritionist or anything. I hope you’ll make it, I think the lemon juice sort of abates the appetite. If you want to you could email me your weight once a day, then I could tell you to get on the ball if the figure starts moving in the wrong direction. GBGames is right, remembering what you want could be easier in the right environment. God took a loved one recently, today is exactly one month after last time she was home. You’re right, it’s a warning, but the good thing about a warning is it’s not too late. You don’t have terminal cancer, but that doesn’t mean you arn’t allowed to fight like you had it! Just think about it, a healthy life style is yours, you just have to want it enough and do something about it. Sure it might be painful, but if nothing was painful how could your loved ones know you really loved them? Isn’t it always easy to laugh and be happy when everything is alright, even with people you don’t care about. But it takes love to endure hardship, like yours right now. Endure the pain of taking on the obesity, do it for those you love because they don’t want to lose you! Start eating healthier food, there’s a lot of fruits that can taste really good with the right spices if you arange them in a salad.
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13
Endure the pain of fighting obesity, do it for your loved ones. See, if you lived a life with absolutely no problems your loved ones wouldn’t know if you really loved them. But you do love them, and that’s why you’ll beat this obesity problem! You could email me.
I’m very sorry to hear that. I wish you the best of luck in losing weight and getting healthy.