You’ve all heard me praise how supportive the running community has been on social media. That was really exemplified this past week by David Domzalski, founder of the influential running and finance blog, Runthemoney.com.
David found out about my story via twitter and asked if he could interview me for his blog. Of course I was honored to accept the opportunity. Here is a quick excerpt from the blog interview.
Click here for the full interview.
What clicked in you when you found out you and your wife were expecting your first child? How did it change your perspective?
My initial motivation was based on the concept of my wife and I trying to start a family. But when we found out in November of 2016, that we were indeed pregnant, that put a firm timeline in place. Now I had only 9 months to lose as much weight as I could.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with becoming a Dad while overweight. I just made the personal decision to use that deadline as fuel or motivation. When it comes to being a Dad, I want to be able to be as active as possible. I want to be able to play with them and show them a healthy and active lifestyle. Beyond just that, I want to see them grow up, go to school, get married, and start a family of their own one day. I don’t want them to have to go through that without a father, and I don’t want my wife to experience that without her husband. These thoughts fuel my fire everyday.
Now, you went to a medical check-up and your doctor said to you it’s time to get healthier because you’re pre-diabetic. What did that feel like? Was it less or more of a blow now that you already committed to it before?
If I didn’t have enough motivation already, my wife and I decided that I should have a full lab workup to check my levels and make sure everything was ok. In short, everything was not ok. My fasting glucose levels were way too high, which meant I was pre-diabetic. Also, my cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure were alarmingly high. Lastly, I had increased liver enzymes from a damaged liver due to what is referred to as a “fatty liver”. My decreased liver function was leading to my lack of energy, and a fog that seamed to cloud my mind.
Although, my doctor was glad I was running. He said it wasn’t enough. He said if I didn’t change my diet, drastically, I was going to do real damage to my body and I would likely be on a slew of medications for the rest of my life.
This was just more fuel to the flames that running and a baby on the way had already ignited. He “prescribed” me a low-carb diet, along with my running. Besides a few holidays, I have really stuck to his recommendations.
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