Here is a little bit of background on the situation.
In high school I used to play basketball, ride my bike, and generally I was very active. University hit, marriage then kids, and I let things slide. Over the course of a decade I had went from a size 34 waist at 195lb to a size 48 waist at 315lb. My job as a software developer didn’t help the matter as well as my addiction to MMORPGs, namely Everquest, DAoC, and most recently Everquest 2.
In 2004 I discovered I really enjoyed to ride with some friends on the local MTB trails. Between 2004 and 2009 I would drop to 260lb and then gain it all back during the winter months. I was basically a yo-yo during those years which in retrospect was not very responsible nor healthy considering I have a large family, seven children.
Early this year I stopped wasting my time playing MMORPGs, and read a great book called the Hurshburg Diet by Dr. Melissa Hershburg. I started to see results and I was dropping pounds.
By July I weighed in at roughly 288lb. This is when I really started to get into it. A friend of mine helped me create a custom lifestyle which was sustainable based on very high protein and whole foods. By the end of August 2010 I had dropped to 230lb and fit in a size 34. It had been over a decade since I was able to fit into that size.
This summer I was killing the trails here in Sudbury, as well as in Barrie and Milton. At the start of the summer I was always the last guy in the pack. By the end, I was the leader. I felt great and things were rocking! Then I went to play some basketball.
The last time I played full court basketball was sometime in 98 or 99, I forget. It had been well over a decade. My VO2Max was high, and I was in great shape. Before playing we warmed up, stretched, and made sure we were limber and ready to run. I ran that court up and down like nobody’s business. In retrospect I should of stretched my ATs and calves more. You know what they say about hindsight.
At any rate, here I am. I’m currently undergoing the new UWO non-op protocol with Dr. Saidi, who was part of the Willit study. I’m in week three, wearing an aircast and allowed to PWB. I’m still a bit unsure about this new treatment protocol. I read the study, did some research and it seems that it’s comparable to going under the knife.
Here is to hoping.