By Paul J.
With a medicine cabinet packed with blood pressure and heart pills, statins, diabetes medicine and two different kinds of insulin, life was closing in.
Increasing medical problems – A1Cs of 8 or nine – and a weight that soared higher each time I stepped on the scale were warnings, but I paid scant attention.
Fishing and other outdoor activities were almost impossible. It was hard to climb stairs; get into my car; stand on my feet for any length of time. Doing anything left me panting, but still, I never passed up a french fry.
My weight hit 335 and, then, I could not reach my shoes to tie them – and I got scared. Worse, my wife tearfully told me she was terrified she would get old alone.
My physician had given up. He was urging gastric bypass surgery, but I balked. Frustrated, he suggested Alaska Premier Health. I was leery, but it was clear I was not going to see my granddaughters marry if I did not do something. Soon.
He likely saved my life. Everybody there was on my side from the moment I walked in. A balanced Optifast, low-calorie diet. Counseling from Allen Chapman. Support. It was what I needed.
That was August. I have lost 122 pounds and am walking up to 50 minutes at a crack on a treadmill and starting weight training. My A1C was 5.9 a few weeks ago. I am off diabetes medicine altogether and my other meds have been cut drastically. My life is back on track, and, best, my wife of 40 years no longer worries so much – and I am sure to get one of the first dances at my granddaughers’ weddings.
Because of Optifast – and a lot of incredibly caring people – I am nearing the end of one journey and beginning another as a more healthy guy.