I've always been overweight. Back in my high school football days, it was a benefit. Now that I'm 41, not so much. I'm a father of two and a grandfather of two, so I'm hoping to stick around a bit, but in order to improve my quality of life, I needed to change some very bad habits.
About 20 years ago, I began developing what I thought at first was a back problem. Slowly over time, I developed neuropathy in my legs, feet & neck. What was once thought to be a back issue turns out to be a mystery nervous system disorder. Yup, I've been to specialist after specialist and they still can't figure out what is wrong with me. I'm in tremendous pain constantly, which sent me into early retirement just over a year ago.
Since then, I've pretty much given up and with that, my weight has EXPLODED. Right now, I'm at the heaviest weight I've ever been at, a whopping 359 pounds! I needed a wake up call to snap me out of my depression due to not being able to work and boy did I get it...LOUD AND CLEAR.
So of course, I'm changing my diet, getting involved in a year long healthy living program provided by my tribe with my wife (I'm a Pokagon Band citizen), joining "TEAM DDP" (again with my wife) and in order to stick with my lifestyle changes, I'm going to chronicle my journey right here.
In addition to daily personal updates, I will also use this blog to spout off about sports and politics. Hell, if I spent every day writing about my fat ass, I would get bored quick. So, I'll sprinkle other stuff in. I used to get paid to blog online. Now, I'm doing this strictly as motivation.
So, welcome to my journey. If you want to follow my exploits, be sure to bookmark GATTIES.org or follow me via Twitter - @JayGatties.
I'm not sure if I will fail or succeed, but either way, you can read about it here.