Back in my teen years (yes it was a while ago) I weighed 215lb and was generally happy. I am originally from England and my family ate healthy foods for the most part. At age 18 I met my now Wife who is from Oklahoma, USA. We married after 3 years of dating I moved to, Oklahoma, USA in 2001.
When I arrived I settled in quickly to life in the USA. I love the lifestyle in the USA., and I quickly became used to the lifestyle of convenience. Drive through restaurants, drive through banks, pharmacies, and so on. Thing were just not set up this way in England. If you wanted to go somewhere you had to walk, or at least get out of your car, so the convenience of everything was great.
As the years went by I slowly, but surely gained weight. Working 65 hours a week in the retail industry made it hard to get home to good healthy meals, so drive thru fast food meals pretty much became part of my life.
While at work one day I badly hurt my back. I had to have a spinal fusion, and needed to have an artificial disc implanted into my back. The surgery was successful in the fact that it cured my pain, but then another set back. As a result of the surgery I started suffering from a condition called RSD.
RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystropy) is a progressive form of nerve damage that affects the Sympathetic Nervous system. Pain from this condition is unlike anything else. More painful than child birth, more painful than amputation, and more painful than some cancers. This pain ravages you 24 hours a day.
Needless to say that after my surgery I could not get around as good as I used to. The healing process from the surgery was long, and the pain from the RSD reduced me to tears, but what was even worse than those two things was my health. I was quickly going down a very steep slope.
Then October 13th 2011 rolled around. I looked in the mirror and was disgusted at what I saw. I weighed myself and was devastated. The scales stopped at 333.6lbs. I knew I had to do something.
I know this will be hard and very painful, but I am determined to lose the weight and hit a goal of 200lb. I owe it to myself and my family. I hope that I can inspire many other people to join me on this journey to a healthier life.
All the best,