I weighed a super healthy 180 lbs the day I was sworn in as the Chief of Police. One year later, I was at 225 lbs. Sound familiar? Granted, that first year as Chief also included my last year of a PhD program. Still, having dropped from a 260lbs powerlifter to a 180lbs triathlete (very recreational) showed I had the ability.
Christmas morning 2011, I hit the scale, and it hit back with a reading of 225 lbs. I stepped off determined to drop at least 20 lbs by my next birthday in March. Missed that goal.
One year later, I stepped on that same scale. In the one year since getting hit with a 45 lbs weight gain, I had lost a total of 0.6lbs. Yes, a slim 224.4 lbs was no consolation.
Compounding this additional weight was the annual visit to the ticker doctor. A shocking BP of 159/107. I was under order to drop 20 lbs and get the BP under control or it was meds time. Who me? a lifetime athlete always enjoying an active, healthy lifestyle? Yes.
So here I am 3 months later, bouncing between a low of 218 lbs and a bigger pants size, BP settling around mid 160s/107s and a bike still collecting dust.
I’m not going to post skin pics like a teenage girl wanting to fit into her spring break bikini. This is a thoughtful effort to hold myself accountable and build a network of others in need of motivation and helpful information for reclaiming the victory of health.
You and I are very similar. I’m not far from turning 50, and although living a full life, I know my best years await me. I want them to be healthy.
Here’s the plan. Each Monday I will post my progress. I’ll share my body weight, overall eating habit, levels of activity and whether or not I could squeeze the ring onto my right hand. My hands are an immediate barometer of weight. Hint; I cut my knuckle unscrewing it last week.
Nothing medical or technical, just common sense efforts for accountability.
I will ask for your support and teamwork to get my health back in control. I’m including the form below and ask you to set your own health goals. Also, I welcome anyone with sensible health advise to join the effort. I’m willing to include your practical information to my weekly posts.
- ‘I Gained 37 Lbs. in the First Month’ (huffingtonpost.com)
Categories: Personal Perspective, The Blue Blitz
I am with you Scott. I am also trying to get back down where I need to be. I am doing more lifting this time around to build muscle and strength
Thanks Dwayne. Often hear, “You don’t look heavy.” Looks don’t equal health. Thanks for the comment. Stay tuned and hold each accountable.
I’m in. I signed up!
Thanks Tim. Lets stop kidding ourselves about “back when” and hold each accountable. Great story and I’m with you.
I’m with you on this ! Good luck
Thanks Ambrosine. We all meet here each Monday to post our successes and challenges. It’s not scientific, but neither is eating ice cream at midnight!!