Three Steps Back But Still Forging Ahead

Lifestyle medications

Lifestyle medications

Hi Folks! It’s Round Shane once again with another update. So, this past week has definitely been a rough one for the family. In the past week, my brother is still in critical care in a hospital out of state. My wife and I had to put down one of our cats who was very sick. As if that weren’t enough, my wife injured her ankle and is laid up with a splint (a cast is soon to follow). Like I said, it’s been a rough week.

In addition to all of this, I went to see my doctor for  six month check up. My weight has had its ups and downs. It seems like whenever I meet with my doctor. My weight is on the up side. In spite of the fact that my weight had gone down in the last month, my weight had gone up since the last office visit. To be more accurate, I had also gained three pounds in this past week.

Getting on the scale, seeing the 3 pound gain and the emotions that came with that was a lesson in irony. Why? Because I had read more than one of my fellow bloggers getting upset over their own personal setbacks. I made it a point to try to encourage them. As upset as I was to see that three-pound gain, it was difficult to remain upset. Every time I would begin to brood over my weight, I would think about what I had told others. “Keep your chin up. ” “It’s a detour. It’s not a stop sign.” My comments to my fellow bloggers were sincere. Still, I have to remember that such encouragement also applies to my own journey. If I am trying to cheer someone up while letting my own setbacks keep me down, that’s a bit (unintentionally) two-faced. That simply won’t do.

Part of what is getting me through this is recalling my recent doctor’s visit. We briefly discussed the possibility of taking prescription medication for chronic gastric reflux. I told my doctor about this blog and my efforts to lose weight and get healthier. I then told her that I would prefer not to have another prescription medication in my routine. I explained that one of the reasons that I wanted to get healthier was to REDUCE the amount of medications I am currently taking. My doctor agreed. She described several of my medications as “lifestyle medications”.

Allow me to explain. I (as of this writing) weigh 283 lbs. I use a machine to sleep at night due to suffering from chronic obstructive sleep apnea. In other words, with my machine, I will literally stop breathing in my sleep (several times a night). On top of this, I am taking two medications for high blood pressure. I also take medications for Type II diabetes. [Aside to my wife – THERE! I SAID IT! I HAVE Type II diabetes. No more denial!]. But wait there’s more. I also take medicine to regulate my thyroid level. Topping it all off is sleep medication as I have battled insomnia since I was a young teenager. my medications are in the image at the top of this post. When my doctor said “lifestyle medications”, she meant that more than one of my medications became necessary due to being so overweight. I had always felt that but never had such a poignant label for it.

Reducing the need for medications and losing weight are both great complementary goals. I may not totally eliminate some of them. High blood pressure runs in my family. My mother, my brother, and I were all diagnosed before we hit our 30’s. But if I lose enough weight, my heart won’t have to work as hard. Plus, exercise will make my heart stronger (after all, it IS a muscle). Exercise and maintaining a healthy could help regulate my thyroid. A proper diet and weight control can also help to eliminate the need for medications to treat Type II diabetes. I had actually accomplished this about 10 years ago only to have it come back when the pounds packed on again in the years that followed. Will I get rid of the CPAP machine for sleep apnea? That’s unlikely. My father also has sleep apnea and probably weighs at least 100 lbs. less than I do. Still, I DO require less CPAP than I did 5 years ago. As a matter of fact, I require less CPAP than I did when I started it 13 years ago.

There is STILL light at the end of the proverbial tunnel for me. More importantly, the tunnel is only a part of my journey (not the entire ride). I have also added another exercise to my routine (more on that next week). So, I took three steps back but I am still forging ahead. Thank you all for your feedback. It helps me to keep working so I can have less of those little round bottles in my arsenal.


The solution is simple.

The solution is simple.