Hello, my name is James and I am an alcoholic.
This is my story, or rather, what I am willing to tell.
This is being offered as background, giving you some insight as to what led to my Lifestyle Change.
I started my drinking career in junior high, by the time I was a senior, I was skipping days and traveling to a neighboring state to drink.
Drank my way through two failed marriages.
Of course, my eating habit were none too good for me either. I discovered pizza could be made different ways.
And it is all good! Burgers and cheeseburgers, pork BBQ, Italian subs, Philly cheesesteaks, fries, fries, fries, anything that was fattening or otherwise bad for me, was ingested.
This is just an idea of the diet I was eating. And the waistline continues to grow. The smoking habit, which also began in school, was on the increase, right along with my waistline. Size 44 pants in 2011!!!
I continued this behavior from my 20’s right through my late 50’s.
The Doctors were concerned about my cholesterol and triglycerides, way too high. I was on a couple pills for that and a couple for my blood pressure, and even for my stomach. I was a mess, would not get any better soon.
During this time my weight had reached about 260lbs!
September 2011…. RIP
My third wife had left. Telling me she could not stay here and watch me kill myself. I wasn’t going to stop my destructive behavior!! This was in July 2011.
Late September 2011: My life was a shamble. Too many problems to try to comprehend. Guess I need a drink.
It was a cool day, sun was out and slight cool breeze. Decided to sit out on the porch. Do a little reading, listen to some music, have a few drinks, get my mind off my troubles. It was about 10am.
Decided to go with the spiced rum. Fine choice for a cool day. Mixed a drink and sat down with my book, music and drink. I continued this all day. Getting a drink as needed. When I was done, I remember thinking that I didn’t really feel that well. A check of the bottle revealed that a 1.75l bottle, had only about two fingers left.
The next morning, I died in the ambulance. I have been told. The ER doctors, put me in a medical coma.
I really don’t remember any of this. I was in this coma for about two weeks and during that time many brain scans were done. My family came in and the doctor brought me out of the sleep. I did not know who they were.!!
They were told that I would have to spend the rest of my life in a nursing home. That my long term memory was gone and my short wasn’t much better.
I won’t bore you with any more details, this should give you an idea of how screwed up I’ve made my life.
When I got out of the assisted living home I was still smoking heavily and drinking, although not like I was. Eating whatever I wanted continued.
But the good news is my weight was down to about 235lbs. I would not recommend that method of hospital stay to lose the weight.
Then I decided to quit smoking, tired of standing in the rain trying to light a moist cigarette..
Then, worried I was going to gain weight. Deciding to preempt any weight gain, by changing some things.
Thus was born, My Lifestyle Change.
This blogs mission is to help people. We will supply information and advise on losing weight and creating a new lifestyle for themselves. We will also have links to products that I found useful and my visitors may find helpful.
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