CUSTOMER FAMILY SPOTLIGHT: JOHN H. October 13, 2015 13:50 1 Comment
Meet John H.
At the age of 46, I was 303 pounds. Something clicked one day, and I decided that I was not going to be 300 pounds anymore. My younger brother, Michael, who has always been active, said it best to me once. “If I am going to die young,” he said, “it will not be because of something I could have prevented.” As I stood looking at myself in the mirror that day, I understood what he meant. At this point, we had both had our cancer scares. The only difference being that mine did cause weight gain. I used that fact to explain my laziness and slothfulness, and to dismiss it as an effect of the cancer. Don’t get me wrong. Anyone that has had thyroid cancer, or even hypothyroidism, will attest to the fact that it really screws you up. You feel tired all the time. You can’t focus. The last thing you want to do after working all day is to get on a bike, or go out for a run. The “will” may be there, but it might not be strong enough to get over the lethargy that sets in. But the result in doing nothing for me was a weight gain of 120 pounds.
Shortly after this decision to end this spiral, I was driving home and heard a radio show with a local doctor as a guest talking about the thyroid issue and its effect on testosterone production. Even though he was not in my insurance plan, I made an appointment and paid out of pocket for the test and consultation. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Not only were my thyroid meds out of whack, my T level was 180. So after adjusting the Thyroid and adding T Therapy, the weight started dropping. He was also the one that initially suggested that I sign up for a triathlon. A year later, I completed Escape From Fort DeSoto in 2011. Now I've completed numerous sprint level triathlons, four 70.3 races, five half marathons, and a marathon. I know I made the right choice.
On September 2nd, 2013, I turned 50 years old. As with most people these days, I do not feel 50. I look in the mirror and do not see a 50-year-old man. I have very little gray (only in my beard). I have a full head of hair and no wrinkling. The man looking back at me cannot be 50! But, alas, he is. After changing my eating lifestyle to No Sugar and No Grains (NSNG) my energy levels shot through the roof, and I am finding my body is recovering from workouts, even long strenuous ones, much faster. You can read about and listen to the journey on my blog and podcast, Back of Pack Endurance at www.backofpack.com.
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