Tired of Being Fat
I grew up as a thin, healthy, athletic child and youth who entered adulthood with no experiential knowledge of ever being sick, tired, or overweight.
I am now 57 years old . . . and I have spent the last 20 years of my life eating my way towards disease and obesity. I have lost much of the joy and enjoyment of life and I am being shoveled by a spoon and fork into the grave (a very LARGE grave).
In 2001 my gallbladder failed and had to be removed. In 2003 I was diagnosed as suffering from sleep apnea and was given my own Darth Vader breathing machine to clamp to my face at night to prevent me from suffocating in my dreams of more food, and to give my wife some peace from my roaring snoring.
In 2006 I submitted to my very first full physical examination by an MD. After the physical my Dr. subjected me to a vigorous round of additional testing.
After the conclusion of a barrage of lab tests I was diagnosed as suffering from hyper-tension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes, and severe clinical depression.
In 2010 my knees began to ache so badly that it was difficult to even walk. A specialist examined my knees through X-ray and a series of CAT scans. No physical damage or injury was discovered by the scans. My pain was diagnosed as diabetic neuropathy (in other words "the kind of pain that diabetics suffer").
My Doctor prescribed handfuls of medication to address my diseases and all of their symptoms . . . but told me frankly that if I would lose weight, many, if not all of my physical ills would go away.
I didn't believe him.
I shelled out a ton of cash every year for all of the meds . . . and sought comfort from all of my ills in food.
I got fatter . . . and sicker.
But I'm tired of being sick . . .
. . . and I'm
Tired of Being FAT!
I began a life-change journey in November of 2012. If you want to know more about it . . . click here.
May 31, 2013 weigh-in
June 6, 2013 weigh-in
June 12, 2013 weigh-in
June 24, 2013 weigh-in
Terri's still skinny . . . but I'm getting a little thick around the waist. This is my Belmont College graduation picture.
The above photo was shot in 1985 shortly after we arrived to serve at Wooley Springs Baptist Church. Beginning to spill over the front of my pants.
Just brought Jonathan home from the hospital. I guess I didn't lose my "baby weight" after he was delivered. There is now a complete "spare tire" around my middle.
My first year at Oak Park Baptist Church. The puffy face, swollen eyes, and jowls have set in. (The first of several chins is hidden under the beard) The is the last year that my suit coat would button.
On Mt. Hermon (The Mt. of Jesus' Transfiguration) in Israel on my second tour.
The above shot is from Easter of 2012.