Just last week I decided to start regularly walking for exercise. I say walking because I am now the owner of two arthritic knees, one of which underwent meniscus surgery in 2016. The surgery was successful in that it returned the range of motion in my knee, but after removing the torn piece left, the outside of that knee bone on bone with no cushioning. My life has been altered.
I am no longer able to jog, run or even jump rope. I have some level of pain and discomfort constantly, and figured if I start walking regularly, I could improve my condition. So I walked around three miles and it was a little sore, but okay.
That evening my wife and I decided to go to Busch Gardens to see it decorated for Christmas and catch the shows. I wore my Shock Doctor knee brace with the metal hinges, figuring I’d be fine just leisurely walking around the park. Wrong!
After about three hours, I was in so much pain that I wondered if I would make it back to my car! It is now three days later and it is still sore and giving me problems. Not only am I sick of seeing my out of shape self in the mirror every day, I need to take this knee thing into my own hands, along with the rest of my health.
I had my knees checked by my primary doctor and the orthopedic surgeon who did my surgery. My primary, as expected, wanted to write a pain prescription and the orthopedic stated they can’t be fixed and I was eventually looking at a knee replacement. He said he could do cortisone shots and the like, but they were just temporary band aids to ease the pain.
My primary doc also had me on cholesterol meds (statins) and high blood pressure medication. I do not like taking either, and have never been on medication in my life until recently. So I decided to do some research of my own.
As soon as I began researching the effectiveness and safety of statin drugs and blood pressure meds, I noticed it was no different from the health and fitness industry. For every article and study saying they are beneficial, there is one saying they are dangerous and/or have no real benefit. Many of the studies promoting the drugs are funded by pharmaceutical companies or special interest groups.
I brought up to my doctor some of the things I found about statins, like for their risk, they don’t change the number of people dying from heart disease. She didn’t have an answer or said those studies were wrong, she just told me that I needed to keep taking it.
That was the last time I saw the doctor, five months ago. I stopped taking the statins and started making dietary changes in what I eat. I’m taking control of my health and focusing on prevention, not medication. Talk to you later doc.
Like many people, I read about and know what to do, but often I do not find myself doing it. I’ll be good for a while then slip off the tracks. What’s worse it’s that I was a certified personal trainer bank in 2010, but totally back slid since 2014 are a few surgeries.
It’s not a knowledge issue, but a discipline issue. I had not reached the point where I demanded a change in my life. That came at Busch Gardens. I realize that losing about 50 pounds well take a huge amount of stress off of my knees, hopefully prolonging any more surgeries. It will also lower my blood pressure and cholesterol without the use of drugs.
So here I am, days before Christmas, taking a stand to drop 50 pounds and regain my health and active life! I will be watchful of what I eat and enjoy the holidays in moderation, but come January 1st, it’s go time.
I am also choosing to document the journey on YouTube. Not to gain viewers or be some media star, but to hold myself accountable. If I say I’m going to do it and document it, sharing it with potentially the world, I had better follow through. If others in the same boat would like to follow and share their journey as well, that would be great! If I can help our motivate someone to make a positive health change in their life as well, that would be awesome.
All videos will be posted on my YouTube channel, The Lone Warrior. I’ll document parts of the journey here in the blog as well, but this is all part of the journey to be the man God created me to be. I was blessed with this body and I get only one in this life. I am to be a good steward of it and take care of it.
I can do better. Much better, and that is what this weight loss journey is all about.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a martial artist for over 32 years, a husband, father and grandfather. I am on a journey to become all that God created me and other men to be. Leader, protector, warrior, son, husband and father. I hope that through my journey and this website that I can help other men in getting on their feet and standing tall in all God created them to be.