In the General Discussions forum, Robert mentioned the blog section on the site, so I figured why not?
I already have a blog
, but having a place to discuss more health-related things sounds nice. Everybody here is incredibly supportive and cool, and the forums have really helped me out.
I'm 38 and in the process of losing some weight (I used to weigh over 400 lbs.--I'm now around 290). Most of my adulthood, I felt like crap, but no doctor could figure out what was wrong with me. I was told I was a hypochondriac by one doctor.
In 2004, I was diagnosed with a 2 cm brain tumor (pituitary tumor). It's benign, but it messed up my hormone balance for years. The tumor caused prolactin levels to skyrocket (yeah, prolactin...the hormone that makes women lactate when pregnant...nothing more fun than a guy built like a defensive tackle with the prolactin level of several pregnant women!).
With elevated prolactin, testosterone levels dropped to the point I barely had testosterone in my body. It kinda makes ya nutty, but I got better.
Last year, I went through a bit of a relapse, and I really got mad about the whole thing. My legs hurt, but instead of letting it get to me, I started lifting weights last February. It hurt like hell at first, but in the six months of lifting, I've never felt better. Reading the VB forum really helped me with the whole lifting thing, and everyday--even though testosterone is still low--I'm getting stronger.
And I'm slowly getting back to doing things I really love doing.
I've been a juggler since I was twelve, and haven't juggled nearly enough in recent years. I'm wanting to change that. I'm playing tennis with a co-worker on Sunday mornings. For the longest time, tennis just wiped my legs out, but I'm able to get through an entire match again and still get through the day. I've been walking a lot more, and hoping to get back to hiking and biking.
I've been married for 15 years. My wife and I went vegetarian eight years ago, and totally eliminated all animal products from our diet seven years ago.
I'm sure this blog will kind of double at a training journal. I really don't track what I'm eating and what I'm lifting; I'm just going by the way I feel and seeing results.
I definitely see myself healthier than I've ever been as an adult by this time next year, if not sooner...and one of the big things motivating me is reading what everybody here has to say.
Know that even if people are silent, you guys really are doing something cool, here. What may seem like a simple post or reply can really affect people. Reading Robert's post about climbing (and falling
) on South Sister and seeing the pics from the walk up the mountain is the kind of thing that inspires others to want to get out and do similar things.
I still have a little way to go with things, but a hike like that is definitely in my future...