At the end of the year, I met with my doctor to discuss the journey and capture his reactions to the results. He admits that when I first told him about my plans, he greeted me with a healthy amount of skepticism and a bit of an eye roll, but also a lot of encouragement and well wishes.
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As you can see in the graphic above, one year ago I had stage 1 hypertension, prediabetes and elevated cholesterol numbers. I also weighed 244½ pounds and had a body-fat percentage of 26.9%, placing me firmly in the obese category.
Looking back, we realized that I had chosen the exact right moment to take on this challenge. I had no symptoms of illness, but things were clearly heading in the wrong direction. I was on the brink of several illnesses that would likely have forced me to make lifestyle changes (and take medications) in the not-too-distant future.
Now, my blood pressure, cholesterol and hemoglobin A1C (which is used to test for diabetes) are all in the normal category. In addition, my body-fat percentage is now considered average.