I am generally camera shy. On our 2005
Caribbean vacation, I was forced to pose for a shot!
So a little about me, Doug.
I am a mid forties male, who has a
family, and a self employed contractor, jack of all trades. I was always active,
and although I had very poor eating habits, I was very active and able to burn
off excess calories by vigorous exercise. This changed about ten years ago, with
the onset of a less than typical rheumatoid arthritis. Like what has happened to
many people, this had a massive impact on my life and ability to do day to day
activities. Coupled with that, I also had a developing case of asthma, which was
less than complementary to my complicating health problems. Being overweight,
and having these other health issues to deal with, was definitely not a good
I was determined to once and for all lose
weight and get back to being healthy. I never looked in a mirror and saw
myself as being fat. In January of 2001, I started making mental notes and
plans as how I was going to go about losing weight. I peaked out at 230
lbs at this time, which was more than I had ever weighed before.
In April of 2001, I started implementing
my permanent weight loss plan. Having reached my target weight has had a
lot of benefits. It's obviously been easier on my knees and hips. I have a
much better energy level. The healthier eating habits have had a major beneficial
impact on my arthritis, as my body is chemically healthier by limiting
problematic foods that were abundant in my diet before April 2001.