There are some days I come here thinking, "How in the world did I lose so much weight?!?"
I think it's important to talk about my family history a bit. I want to show you part of what drives me and exactly what I have stacked against me.
- My paternal grandmother had a rapidly progressive form of Parkinson's disease. She was diagnosed when I was about four and she passed away 9 years later.
- My maternal grandmother passed away at a young age when my mother was about 20 years old.
- My maternal grandfather passed away when I was 8 due to cirrhosis of the liver.
- My paternal grandfather passed away due to many health complications. He had diabetes which cause him to lose both his legs when I was 15. He had heart disease as well.
- I have multiple family members with cancer.
- I have a family member with multiple sclerosis.
- Heart disease runs through the family.
- My mother has small nerve neuropathy.
As I get older, I realize that taking care of my body is no longer an option. I have the potential to have health complications as I grow older. Why do I want to add obesity to it? I've already been there. I've seen what it can do to my health. When I was bigger, I had daily heartburn and acid reflux. I struggled with three compressed discs in my lower back. Every single day, there was something wrong with me.
Losing weight has freed me! I don't have to feel miserable every single day. I can rest at night knowing that I am giving my body the best chance I can in life. I eat clean because I honestly believe processed junk is somehow linked to some of the health issues common to so many of us today.
I have a long family history of things that could be genetic. Some of it isn't. But I believe if we care for ourselves better, we have a fighting chance. If I don't show my own child how to live healthy and take care of himself, what will his life be like when he's 50? I have this unbelievable need to protect him and I feel as though leading by example is the best chance I've got at helping him. This is something I can give him that will hopefully stay with him for the rest of his life.
I struggle with my weight. It's a daily battle and it's something I'm going to have to prepare for every day of my life. My weight didn't come off easily and it took patience.
I believe you can work hard and pay for it now, or you can pay later.
I can change things now to prepare myself in the future.
I do something about it now because I know I may not have an option later.
If I can pull this off, I know you can too.