An Epileptic Walks into a Doctor's Office...

I went to the doctor today.  I hate going to the doctor.  I really like the professionals who treat my epilepsy but I hate having to go. Today I was a bit curious because I’ve gained some pounds since my last visit in March; 33, as it turns out (and almost 60 since June 2012).  Yikes.  I don’t obsess about my weight but I do care about living a quality life and the truth is, I have been pretty sedentary for the past 16 months.  I love to work and, along with my day job as the business manager at SK Nelson Companies, I’ve launched a marketing and communications company in addition to overseeing a ministry.  It sounds busy--and it is--but I sit behind a computer a bunch and I have not prioritized fitness.  The results?  Stretch marks and unfashionably tight pants. 

I will be blogging weekly so we can share the good, bad, and ugly of a renewed commitment to fitness and nutrition.  Here is where you come in – I want your participation, your opinions and your stories.  We all have heard inspirational stories of dramatic lifestyle changes but they are typically shared after the fact.  This will be real time and the ending has not yet been written.  I’m in and hope you are, too. 

You need to know a few things before we get this party started:

  • I am 43 years old, 6’7” tal,l and weigh just north of 310 fully clothed.  (I am hoping the “fully clothed” part gives me a pass on the cheeseburger, fries, sweet tea and Round Rock Donut I knocked out before standing on the scale today.)
  • I take a couple of meds that are epilepsy related.  Between them, the side effects are general lethargy, restlessness, and minor memory issues.  It’s been that way for most of the last 30-plus years.  I think it has anyway;  I don’t really remember.
  • I have had two back surgeries, a knee surgery, and am “the most inflexible person on Earth” according to my buddy and trainer Sonny WilsonSo I have that going for me

I have two primary objectives:

1. I will get healthier every day for the rest of my life.  I dig healthy food and exercise so the opportunity is there.

2. I will evaluate my progress in the smallest time increments possible.  Here’s why: if I determine my success on a decision-by-decision basis, the days, months and years will take care of themselves.  It’s simple.  I either do something or I don’t.  Grapes over cookie?  Good.  Sit instead of walk?  Not good.

I’ll be back in the doctor’s office in a year and I’ll still hate going.  But I’ll have a cool story to tell.  See you next week.


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