I stood there for I don’t know how long, staring at the front door of my own house. My shrimping boots had given up days before, but that didn’t matter as the rising lake water engulfed me and our home. My body was numb. My mind was numb. I had no energy left. After days of fighting a losing battle against Mother Nature, all I could do was stand there and watch her take over my home. In that moment, it was one thought that lifted my mind out of that murky water and changed my course.
“I wonder what’s in this water with me.”
Yes, after a week of wading through flood waters to protect my home and property, I decided it was time to take care of myself. The last thing I needed at that point was some sort of bacterial infection. So I said it was time to see the doctor. As it turns out, the bacteria in the water was the least of my worries.
I came face to face with a few realities that day in the doctor’s office. After pledging to lose 80 pounds a couple of years ago, I discovered I had gone 40 pounds in the wrong direction. My heart rate and blood pressure were so high that they gave me a pill and wouldn’t let me leave the office until those numbers dropped. I had diabetes (with an A1C of 8). I decided right then and there that it was time to give it back.
It was one of those desperate times that call for desperate measures.
So I walked away from my favorite doctor – Dr Pepper – and some of my good friends: Little Debbie, Betty Crocker, and the Pillsbury Dough Boy. I walked away from royalty – Burger King and Dairy Queen. I learned it’s not that easy eating green. But in the past two months, I have discovered it is totally worth it.
Of course I didn’t stop eating. I turned instead to a meal plan called Ideal Protein. Yes, I drink a lot of meals these days. But I also get to eat cake for breakfast if I choose. And I have gotten to try some new foods, too. I used to joke about rutabagas all the time. I mean, come on, that’s a pretty funny word. Now they have replaced potatoes in my diet. I didn’t know what jicama was two months ago. Now it’s my go-to side dish when I need something kind of crunchy.
Today I weighed in 51.4 pounds lighter than that fateful day in the doctor’s office. My A1C is now at 5.2. My energy level is through the roof compared to that day. The dog and I both look forward to our two-mile morning walks. I have started running again. I am playing tennis and golf with my family. The other day I had to find a belt to keep my pants from falling down.
My house was flooded that day back in March. That much I knew. Family and friends rallied around Melissa, Hadley and me, and we are well on the road to recovery. What I didn’t know that day was that I was drowning. But Melissa, Hadley, our family and friends rallied around me, and I am well on the road to recovery. And I am grateful every step of the way.