Part 1: Middle Age Status

Allow me to begin with a snapshot of my life. Maybe you can find yourself somewhere in this description. For the sake of anchoring the story, let's start at my 25th wedding anniversary. At the time, I was 47 years old and 21 years into my career. As a dentist, I had clearly chosen a career which defined me as a guy who sat down for most of his day.

As for the rest of my life, I realize that I made different choices than most of my readers. My wife and I not only got married young, but we planted our flag in the "big family" camp. At this point in my life I was also a dad to 8 kids ranging from 8 to 24. I was, by definition, fat and happy in my middle age.

EXERCISE
If I defined my exercise status, it would be measured by months. In other words, I worked out a little this month and a little that month, but nothing daily. I was just starting to rediscover my love for walking and hiking. I was inspired by movies like, A Walk In The Woods, especially the old and out of shape character of Nick Nolte.

But, by ignoring exercise and having an "anything goes" approach to my diet; my late 40's brought a host of health issues and stress. As this blog series goes on,  I'll dive into each of them individually, but let me pause for a moment and briefly describe my attitude.

FOOD
When it came to food, I was pridefully "all in." I was raised by good cooks and married an even better chef. I was known for mastering our wood-fired pizza oven. I could spin a great blender drink and made variations on the Moscow Mule that dazzled my guests. I was known for begging my dental patients for Slurpees or donuts. This was my normal and my palate knew no limits.

By this point, I had discovered the first three issues in my diet related to my overall diet. The first was high liver enzymes, the second was high levels of iron in my blood and the third was an extreme sensitivity to gluten. The solution was pretty easy: Cut out iron rich food and cut out anything with gluten.

Thankfully, I have a very supportive wife. Every time a change came to my diet, Kendra took it in stride. She encouraged and planned and managed our pantry, but it really was on me to make the choices. In case you are wondering, yes we really knew what it meant to eliminate gluten. We love the science behind our food choices and my only point in mentioning all of this at this point in the story was this: I knew what it took to make a drastic change and keep to a strict diet.

Review
I was middle-aged, sedentary, and just starting to wake up from my "I don't really give a rip" attitude toward food and exercise.

Introduction
PART 1: Middle Age Status
NEXT ---> PART 2: Hypertension and Heart Issues

How I Reversed My Type 2 Diabetes

Out of the gates, I want to announce that there were no magic pills or potions involved. Quite simply, I reversed my Type 2 diabetes with diet and exercise. I realize that just by me saying "diet and exercise," I have lost everyone hoping for something exciting or magical. Diet and exercise is the answer you already knew and probably didn't want to hear, right?

Well, for those of you who were hoping for the magic recipe. I assure you it's still here. Only it's not in the form of a pill that has been advertised on TV commercials by a giant pharmaceutical company. Even so, I want you to stick around. I promise to help you and if you know me by now, the story will be worth the read.

As you read along, you will find out how stress, diet, weight gain, exercise, and a host of other issues affected my health. You may even recognize yourself and find out  something about your own health along the way. You will also find out that diabetes isn't the only thing I was able to reverse engineer. Several other health markers of disease, including high blood pressure, obesity, and fatty liver disease have all disappeared.

Here's the main point: This can be done. You can change your health without a labeled orange bottle from the local drugstore. Give me a chance to share my story. Read how I descended into poor health and disease and then discover how I came to my own recovery.

Maybe you are one of my blog readers who is just reading the next thing I write. That's great! But, maybe you Googled the term "diabetes" and through the magic of the internet you landed at my blog. If so, you are like me and can relate to someone who struggles with middle-age diseases like diabetes, hypertension, fatty-liver and gut fat. I don't care why you are here. I just want to encourage you to hang around long enough to see if you can learn how to reverse your own diabetes, lower your own blood pressure, and improve your own health.

Regardless, I'll do my best to entertain you with the story of how an overweight, belly sagging, donut-chomping, pizza-baking, coke-in-a-bottle chugging, unmotivated middle-aged man turned the tide on his health and changed his diet and reversed the progress of disease.

The adventure is on. Join me.

Quietly making noise,

Fletch

NEXT ---> PART 1: Middle Age Status

Stop Dreaming, Start Doing

The Fletchifesto hangs on my wall at the office and as much as I walk past these statements every day, I never get used to the motivation these ideas provide me.

This is one that peers down at me regularly: 

Stop Dreaming, Start Doing.

I'm a dreamer. I'm a visionary. I create exciting plans with great potential. I have great ideas for projects and I always have a new plan for my life, but here is the problem: They often remain as just dreams. I kill it with the "dreaming" part, but I suck when it comes to the "doing" part.

What hinders the actual doing?

  1. Fear of the unknown.
  2. Fear of the known.
  3. The risk involved seems too high.
  4. Fear of Failure
  5. (Fill in the blank)

Call it mid-life frustration or just too many years of vision without action, but I have had enough. It's time to stop dreaming and start doing.

I found this penciled out checklist from the end of 2016 that I've kept in my notebook:

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I'm pleased to see that after 6 months, several of those things have happened. Kendra and I continue to work through future plans. We now actually take time in our life to plan for vision discussions. We find time alone and then together to discuss where we see God leading us.

Last week we went to a vision casting event for our city. What would it look like if we pumped life into our downtown district? It was all vision. It was all dreaming out loud. It was inspiring, but now we are ready to be part of the doing.

How about you? Are you a dreamer or a doer? Would you like to join me? Let's do this together. Share what you are knocking off your bucket list. Tell me what big scary mountain is in front of you right now. Let's move forward together.

Stop Dreaming. Start Doing.

Quietly making noise,
Fletch

Dad Gift 2017

This is a little tradition I started a few years ago. Every year, I give my kids one "dad gift" which comes directly from me. With the move and the wedding this year, I made it very easy on myself and took everyone on a quick trip to the happiest place on earth.

The idea of Disneyland is a simple one. It will be a place for people to find happiness and knowledge. It will be a place for parents and children to share pleasant times in one another’s company; a place for teachers and pupils to discover greater ways of understanding and education. Here the older generation can recapture the nostalgia of days gone by, and the younger generation can savor the challenge of the future. - Walt Disney

We had a great day climbing through both parks and building great memories together! I love this crazy bunch.

Thanks Walt!

Quietly making noise,
Fletch

Do What You Love And Do It Often

I stole this one! It was too good. I found this slogan on the Holstee Manifesto, which was the motivating factor behind my own Fletchifesto. I even designed my manifesto after that one. I love this quote and I think it motivates many of my activities.

Do what you love and do it often. Simple.

Want to know what people love? Just follow their Instagram feed. I posted my most recent Instagram photos below. Can you tell what I love? This is a live feed, so it will change based on when you read this blog post, but I think that's what Instagram is all about. A microblog of what people love and what they want others to know about themselves. (Hint: expect to see a lot of photos of my kids and my dogs or anything that speaks about living a life on mission or adventure).

Be Purposeful.
Too often we are doing things we don't love. Out of necessity, perhaps. When I can, I like to remedy that situation. and reverse the equation. Discover what you love, do what you love and do it often. I think you will find that you will enjoy life more. Hard times and difficult seasons in my life have often been navigated by the islands with "harbors of what I love" in between.

Try it. I promise your life will become more liveable and more positive.

Quietly making noise, 
Fletch