Hey there, figured I’d start in this section since it’s what my journey is mostly about.
My story is… convoluted at best, so I won’t be sharing it’s entirety - too long. What I will say is this; I was a high school athlete - hell, I was an all my life athlete. I was never skinny, I was (am) built like a brick um… “out” house. My problems started when I blew my hip out senior year. Then I started working at Taco Bell I refuse to be blamed for consuming MASS quantities of free Taco Bell at 18 years of age lol. None the less, I started gaining fat and losing muscle. Then I ‘scored’ a desk job. Making matters worse - it was a stressful desk job - emergency dispatch. More eating like crap, less moving around. I started sleeping more and moving less. Fast forward 10 years and I’d had enough of the 911 life. Between shift work and something akin to PTSD, I just could not do it anymore.
Over those 10 years, with access to a gym at the station, I was able to shed maybe 20 of the 100 I’d gained since highschool. But it never stayed off, something would happen and I couldn’t work out. Usually it was a weird pain here or there or just… life in general. When I left that job and got my current one, I had hefted that number on the scale up to friggin’ 295. 295 lbs. I couldn’t believe it. I was so MAD at myself. I will say what my doctor said - I “carry it well”. Because, yeah, that’s accurate. The fat is definitely evenly spread around.
I always assumed that my aches and pains were a mix of getting older, lots of old sports injuries and getting fatter. But as the other “weird” symptoms mounted, I finally started doing some research. I never could figure it out until my boss suggested fibromyalgia. I ran it past my doc - he sent me to a specialist. I count myself as lucky that my pains aren’t excruciating. I can’t take anything that isn’t OTC due to a having a CDL and working in a safety sensitive position.
With all that said, I’m ready. Like really ready to take my life back. There’s no reason that fibro should keep me sitting on the couch - at least not yet.
I signed up for a challenge in April and it’s time to start training. I’ll be using this post / topic to kind of blog about my journey / successes and inevitable failures. I’m hoping Huel will help me in more ways than one. Fingers crossed.