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September 20, 2009 at Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Poolside at Bally Total Fitness Broadview Heights Ohio 7/16/2009 (weight 200 pounds)



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There’s something about being on a familiar path or trail. Sometimes it means the person is going home. It could mean you are travelling to work. In some cases, the destination on that path leads to a place that the person travelling the path does not want to go to voluntarily.

The path I am on is a familiar path. I definitely have been on this road before. The road that I just merged from was also a familiar road. While on that road, I had a lot of things in my rear view mirror. The most prominent of those things was feeling good again. Long gone are the wild successes that I have had in the past. The feeling of standing alone at the top of a mountain I had just climbed and looking down at all of what I had been through and accomplished, all now very far behind me.

When I merged onto that road, there really weren’t any huge warning signs. It was a wide open road that was very easy to travel. There was no speed limit on that road, as I could go as fast and live as dangerously as I wanted, and believe me, there was not a limit on anything.

While on that road, my structure of life vaporized before my very eyes. Starting about the end of November 2012, my work schedule changed and I never accommodated my gym habits, I just simply abandoned them. I also abandoned my nutrition plan when I merged onto the road that I just recently turned off of. As if the previous weren’t enough, I not only continued to smoke cigarettes, but I also increased the frequency of my smoking to an amount that was not only ridiculous, but dangerous as well. For all intents and purposes, I was on the highway to doom.

Last year, I met a woman named Diane. We have become quite close. This part of the excursion is responsible for my finding a merge off of the road to destruction and getting back on the highway to good health. I quit smoking last October. While not exactly eating entirely healthy over the past 9 months, I have for the most part eaten healthy foods although I was still eating more than what my body needed.

Physically, my body weight has grown tremendously and I am not capable of performing simple tasks, let alone the amazingly difficult cardio exercise schedule I used to hold myself to. As of last week, I would look down at my feet and they were swollen. I would get winded walking from the bedroom to the kitchen. I was a time bomb and the ticking was getting closer and closer to an explosion.

Last week Monday, I friend of mine named Judith sent me a message on an instant messenger to call her. When I contacted her, I was told that a very good friend of mine that was 51 years old was found dead in his garage. This immediately caused me great pain, both mentally and in my chest. Diane urged me to go to the emergency room to be checked out, over my stubborn objections.

I worked the next day, but when I was home having dinner, I discussed the possibility of me seeking treatment for myself in the upcoming days, possibly by Friday. She insisted I go on Tuesday evening and not wait, yet I did wait.

Wednesday morning, I got up for work and had my breakfast as usual. Something was different this morning. With the death of my good friend on my mind (who never had any problems with his health that I could even tell before he died) I decided to wait no more and go seek treatment for what would ultimately need treating anyway…before it killed me. On Wednesday afternoon I sought treatment at the emergency room and was taken in and assessed quickly. I was admitted to the hospital quite quickly and when my breathing was stable, the tests begun. The good news from my cardiac catheterization is that I do not have any blockages so I did not need any stents or cardiac surgery to repair/replace coronary arteries.

The bad news is that because of my weight, my heart is congested with fluid. Antihypertensive and diuretic medication are now a part of my daily routine.

I know this road.

The road to good health. It's not easy. Discipline is a must. It seems that if I want to function at my best, I need a structured setting to attain maximum optimal performance. Today is day 3 out of the hospital. I have started tracking my nutrition again on spark people and as I am able, I will track my exercise. Right now, my exercise will be limited to simple walking as tolerated until I am given the green light by my doctor to exercise. My doctor is fully aware of my past successes and has already shared with me that a return is not out of the question, but it simply starts with the first step.

One small step for me, one giant step for my health.

Member Since: 11/26/2008

Fitness Minutes: 79,156

My Goals:
My goal is to return to good health and hold onto it as tight as I can!

My Program:
Low sodium cardiac diet: 1500-2000mg per day.

Fluid restriction: 1500cc or 50 oz. per day.

Walking as tolerated.

Personal Information:
My name is Tim, I'm 54 years old and I live in Cleveland Ohio.

Other Information:
Weight I was at when I began to change my life (September 2007): 380 pounds

Weight I was at when I joined Spark People 11/26/2008: 242 pounds

Low water mark: September 2009: 193.7 pounds

Weight as of May 15 2016: 409.5 pounds

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    Yep that is why I am back. Can't make the same mistakes again.
    6 days ago
    Doesnt look like you're still around here-I am back after a looong break. Gonna add you back to my friend list for inspiration like I used to get from your page before :)
    I forgot my old password so just made a new account-used to be Racketmom.
    Praying life is treating you well!! emoticon
    34 days ago
    hope you're doing well and have had a good summer - looking forward to reading more on how you're doing. I've been away for awhile and am just dusting myself off - hoping to go another 'round. Cheers. emoticon
    1007 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/28/2013 10:43:05 AM
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    Just stopped by to say Hi and hope you have an awesome summer!! And looks like someone has a birthday!! Hope its a great one!! emoticon
    1083 days ago
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    Just checking in ... I see you haven't been around for awhile still! Hope to see you around soon! Missing you MAN ON A MISSION!! Have a FANTASTIC weekend! emoticon
    1145 days ago
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