I have been lurking here for a while but this is my first post.
Here is the short version of how I got to the point where I have just one more run to go before I graduate...
For the past few years I have been taking medication to control my blood pressure. There is a history of high BP and strokes within my family and despite this I led a fairly unhealthy lifestyle. I smoked for years, ate unhealthy and have been obese for as long as I can remember.
December 2015 two weeks before Christmas, it had been at least 18 months since I had my medication checked and therefore had an appointment with a nurse to check my meds and get a repeat prescription. She took my BP and went white as a ghost! 260/150!!! She called the doctor, he explained he was deciding if I should take myself to hospital or call an ambulance! Funny this is that I felt absolutely fine.
I spent three days in hospital having my BP checked every hour, 24 hours a day whilst taking various pills and potions.
During my stay I felt completely foolish, selfish and irresponsible! I have a beautiful wife of 10 years, a perfect 7 year old little girl and a crazy 5 year old boy. WHAT THE HELL WAS I DOING! Lying there the guilt was horrible. I decided there and then that I would change, I had to change.
I left hospital a near 30 stone, 33 year old guy with more determination than I'd ever had before.
I had given up smoking in 2013 so I knew I could achieve difficult goals.
I first started by eating better. For me this meant more often. I forced myself to eat three times a day for the first time in years. Less carbs/bad fat and more protein/good fat.
January 2016 I purchased the strongest bicycle I could find and started riding 3 to 5 times a week, gradually increasing speed/distance. In May 2015 I completed a 20 mile cycle event.
Fast forward to July 2016 I decided to try a different exercise activity - Running!
I downloaded C25K app to my phone and completed week 1 three times!
Since then I have never had a "practice run" successfully completing every run.
Today, I have just returned from an appointment with my consultant were he has reduced my medication by 75%. He predicts that if I keep up the hard work that I'll not need medication within 12 months.
I have lost 7 stone since last Christmas and will graduate C25K tomorrow night
I have to admit that despite the fact that I'm only half way with my weight loss I do feel a little smug.
Thanks for reading... I'll stop waffling now!