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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 03-14-2013, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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I feel like I've about to join AA ... but for over eaters!

My name is Kevin and I'm an over eater. GR8BIGDUDE (Joe) inspired me to get involved here. I'm 6'3" and a month ago I was 316 lbs. On Feb. 18th, one day before my 61st. birthday, I suffered a mild heart attack. This is the 6th one I've had since last October. They start with indigestion, then a strong belly ache, then pain that gets very strong between my shoulder blades. The pain then radiates over to the left shoulder and down the arm to my wrist. These usually last about 45-90 minutes. I say all this so that hopefully it helps someone here some day to identify it if they have the same or similar symptoms. Some people get severe chest pain, some like me get the pain between the shoulder blades.

I have 100% blockage of the circumflex artery that they tried to breach with a wire to install a stint, but the blockage is old and very calcified. The cardiac interventionist said it was like trying to push a wire through bone. I also am not a candidate for an arterial by-pass as that artery is itself calcified. The nurse practitioner said it would be like trying to sew cooked spaghetti to hard uncooked spaghetti. The chance of success is very dubious.

I am aware that both my dad and mom had heart blockage issues (father had by-pass, mother has stint) but I love food, particularly good tasting food. I've been heavy all my life but ballooned up to 290 plus after quitting smoking 18 years ago and having to be on some meds (Beta blockers) that made me gain weight. That and a decrease of exercise that just seems to come with age put me at 316.

Unlike others who are always waiting for a magic pill, I knew all along that I was going to have blockage at some point but rationalized my eating by thinking, what the hell, I can always have a stint - that's painless. And if for some reason I couldn't get a stint, my back up plan was that there's always by-pass surgery. I never considered the fact that I might not be able to get either. That was quite a shock.

By the way, my weight was also the primary factor for me having hypertension (high blood pressure), having to have a total replacement of my left knee 7 years ago, and various other issues.

I'm "coming clean" here because I hope this new sub-forum helps others to face up to the fact that if you're obese you're killing yourself with food. I eat a lot, but things get out of hand when I'm stressed with work or personal issues - which is way too often. I now have no choice but to pay the piper and start eating better, eating less, and start exercising. I guess walking upstairs to the fridge for a pint of Ben and Jerry's around 9:00 when I'm watching TV doesn't qualify as exercise!

I don't intend to go on a strict diet, I am instead just eating better (a container of greek yogurt and a banana for breakfast is replacing 2-3 donuts) and eating less (one burger instead of two burgers and a handful of chips. Hell, I even tried a turkey burger the other night!). It seems to be working because in 6 weeks I've lost 12 lbs.

I want to live to see my 2 grandkids play sports and graduate college and all those other special moments in one's life. Plus my wife is currently in remission from multiple myeloma cancer and I need to be around to help her when it comes back. For those reasons I'm determind to beat this thing and get healthy. Hopefully this new sub-forum section will allow all of us who struggle with these or other health issues to seek a little encouragement and find some satisfacation in helping others.

Thanks again to the Admins for creating this opportunity. This IS clearly the best 2 wheel website on the net.

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Good luck to you. Something else to consider is eating "cleaner". Stay away from products that have high frotose corn syrup, partially-hydroginated oils and msg. This cuts out a lot of the crap. I feel that a lot of our country's weight problems started when this stuff was added to our foods.


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Northwoods- Good luck to you on your journey back to good health. You have lots to be thankful for and your commitment to be there for your wife and family is inspirational. The first steps are always the hardest in any journey. With your fellow forum members helping you along the way, you will not be alone. Eat healthy, get out there and walk, and keep us in the loop. We are here for you should you need a nudge or two.

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Northwoods, good luck in your new life style of becoming healthy. With determination you can overcome anything.


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Good luck to you. Something else to consider is eating "cleaner". Stay away from products that have high frotose corn syrup, partially-hydroginated oils and msg. This cuts out a lot of the crap. I feel that a lot of our country's weight problems started when this stuff was added to our foods.
Exactly! All of this man made stuff is toxic. Also, while it is a good idea to stay away from trans fats, don't be afraid of good oils like coconut oil. It is really amazing stuff and can be used in countless ways and can aid in weight loss.

I try to remember this...JERF (Just Eat Real Food)...when it comes to diet.

Good luck Kevin. We're with you on this!


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Exactly! All of this man made stuff is toxic. Also, while it is a good idea to stay away from trans fats, don't be afraid of good oils like coconut oil. It is really amazing stuff and can be used in countless ways and can aid in weight loss.

I try to remember this...JERF (Just Eat Real Food)...when it comes to diet.

Good luck Kevin. We're with you on this!
Good advise from both these guys! EAT REAL (unprocessed) food. I eat Paleo about 90% of the time (1 cheat day a week). I stay lean and mean and feel GREAT! Good luck brother.

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Yeah, Kevin! Nice progress on the weight loss. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

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Kevin your a stand up guy in my book. I wish you and Gr8bigdude all the best of luck.

I'm 33 years old, 6'2 330. I'm not fat, but I'm not a fitness model. I'm built like an offensive lineman. I'm trying as well to get under 300 pounds. I have no health issues and good BP but a terrible family history of cancer, heart problems etc. I've always worked out 3-4 days a week but never really took the eating part of it seriously since I was a college athlete. In the last 2 weeks I have taken out bread for lunch and dinners and replaced it with a salad with chicken for lunch, a protein shake when I get home from work, and I try to not eat pounds of food for dinner. It has worked thusfar losing about 15 pounds. I'm down to 330. I have my first daughter on the way in about 4 or so weeks and I wanna walk her down the aisle someday. You guys have really inspired me to get my ass in gear so I don't encounter the problems you guys are experiencing down the road. Best of luck, and when we meet someday we will have a low calorie beer. nah, some things you just can't go low calorie on..

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Kevin, thanks for sharing, and you have my support in this!

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".... I have my first daughter on the way in about 4 or so weeks and I wanna walk her down the aisle someday. You guys have really inspired me to get my ass in gear so I don't encounter the problems you guys are experiencing down the road. Best of luck, and when we meet someday we will have a low calorie beer. nah, some things you just can't go low calorie on..
Scott, appreciate the kind words and the fact that all this is helping to motivate you to change your eating habits a bit. But I have to say that walking your daughter down the aisle should be all the motivation you need. I know that's many years from now so it's hard to use as motivation, but keep that thought in the back of your mind.

I got to walk my only daughter down the aisle about 9 years ago and it was without a doubt my proudest moment. Without warning that "Daddy's little girl" that's pictured in your mind's eye all of a sudden changes and she's now a beautiful grown woman. You'll never love her more than those last few minutes when you're about to give her away. Please make sure that you do whatever is necessary to insure you get to experience that moment.

And you're right it definitely won't be a "less filling" beer!

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