Thursday, October 10, 2013
I'm Too Young For A Blood Clot
In the summer of 2012, I was going to be heading to Welaka, FL to be with my younger brother and his friends for his bachelor party. I had heard the legends of this man weekend: eating nothing but meat and beer for fluids. I only needed a pair of shorts and a T-shirt and flip flops. Nothing else was necessary and I mean nothing.
Prior to heading there though, I had experienced a sharp pain in my left leg every time I walked on it. As a stay at home parent I knew I had to power through whatever was bothering me that day and shrugged it off as soreness from the gym. Later that night I could barely put any weight on it and called my doctor for an appointment.
The next morning, I had a huge bruise on my left calf and I could see the veins all around it like a giant spider on my leg. The doctor ordered an ultrasound and I headed to the hospital. They confirmed it was a blood clot.
I was worried. In twenty four hours, was supposed to be boarding a plane to fly to FL to party with my brother and I was worried that my leg would explode or the clot would travel. My doctor said I would be fine as long as I didn't sit for long periods on the plane but I was still freaking out. Why did I have a blood clot at thirty-eight?
It can be hereditary, a freak thing, or be because of lack of activity. Prior to this happening, I had thrown out my back and had stopped going to the gym until it was better.
The blood clot was the thing that got me moving and changing my mind about exercise. It could have travelled to my lungs or heart and that would have been it. When the Dad Bloggers asked me if I wanted to be a part of Chuck The Chunk: On The Road to Dad 2.0, that was the extra push to get me there.
Since then, I have been going to the gym everyday. I have increased my water intake and have been eating healthier. I didn't give up everything cold turkey as I have found that doesn't work for me. I started playing tennis for an hour and a half once a week and found out I am pretty good at it. Being active has made me feel a lot better about myself and has kept me moving through the day.
My wife and I just started T25 this week that was created by Shaun T. A 25 minute exercise program 6 days a week. It is a perfect amount of time and we keep each other motivated. We wake up before the kids do and knock it out before they wake up.
Since my last post in August, where I started at 245lbs. I am now down to 232, 12 pounds away from my pre-kid weight and goal. Knowing I am halfway there has me motivated and it has helped that my wife has noticed changes and my kids have cheered me on.
As Shaun T. says "Stay focused, you got this" and I do. Here's to the next 13 pounds lost.