My weight affected my life in so many ways. At 249 lbs., my medical issues ranged from pulmonary problems to acid reflux to back and knee pain. And my self-esteem was so low, I never really even wanted to go out anywhere, because I hated the way I looked.
I have always been a large guy, even when I was in the Army. But when my weight got over 450 lbs, I was diagnosed with type-two diabetes and neuropathy, and I began treatment for cardiovascular disease. I hadn’t been diagnosed with a heart problem, but my doctors couldn't safely or properly test me, so I had to take the medications as a precaution.
I was miserable because of my weight. I felt tired, sick and sluggish all the time. I had high blood pressure and acid reflux, and I was borderline diabetic. When I looked at myself in the mirror, I felt like my inner spirit was being sucked out of me.
When I weighed 408 lbs., I was in such poor health, and I had absolutely no energy. It had gotten so bad that I would take a two- to four-hour nap every day, and then I would just sit in my chair. I had diabetes and high blood pressure, and my cholesterol was bad, to boot.