Before I get into the meat and bones of the past year, I’d like to point out that rib injuries are significantly more painful than I’d ever imagined. I’m taking Tylenol and codeine multiple times a day to offset the crippling discomfort that hasn’t lessened over the past two weeks. It’s a little frustrating knowing that I’m going to be dealing with this for weeks and weeks.
My last post with a completed recipe was September 25 of last year. My posting had obviously gotten sparse and I wasn’t enjoying writing like I had when the site was first started. That’s not saying that I was tired of Mr. Henderson’s book, I want to make that very clear. But trying to do everything I need to with family and friends, work and life had gotten so taxing that the site was the first thing to slip. Going back and reading how flat and boring some of my last posts were is embarrassing. I was phoning my efforts in and it shows.
About a week after that last post I had a pretty scary doctor appointment where I was told that I needed to deal with my weight and blood pressure immediately or suffer the very real and dire consequences of being so unhealthy. Consequences like heart attacks and strokes. All through high school and some of college I had played tennis religiously and was very fit. The idea of possibly dying at such a young age was sobering. I got a gym membership, hired a personal trainer and got to work. Part of the process involved removing myself from the food community completely. It’s impossible to take weight off when you’re eating upwards of four thousand of calories constantly. During the process I found out that my thyroid wasn’t working correctly and that my testosterone levels were pretty much nonexistent. Addressing those issues helped my mood, my metabolism and my energy levels. I could have come back to the site about six months ago with a proper mindset to keep updating regularly, but I still had work to do on myself so I stayed away. I think the results speak for themselves.
Here I am at my top weight, about 280 pounds. My lovely wife and I were in Vegas with some friends. I rarely posed for pictures back then because of how much I disliked myself.
This is a picture of me not quite at my heaviest. I had been trying to work out and lose weight but had not found out about my thyroid issues yet.
And here I am now. I’m down to about 210 and my blood pressure and other health concerns are under control. Recently I’ve tried my hand at being a goalkeeper for a lower division adult amateur soccer team. I have a good friend I regularly lift weights with and I watch what I eat very closely. Do I treat myself now and then? Of course! I still love well executed food but I have a greater respect for what eating can do to a person. No longer do I abuse food for comfort.
So, there you go. That’s why I’ve been gone for so long. I think the break was worth it though and I still plan on trying to finish every recipe in the cookbook. It’s going to be a struggle, but everything worth doing is. I learned that over the past year.
Next up, vanilla ice cream. See you in a bit!