Where My Journey Began

Rewind to June of 2014 – I had a history of bacterial infections and this one finally did me in.  I had a high fever and just did not feel right.  After going to the local hospital and the initial triage – it was determined that I had further complications and needed a more specialized treatment, so I was sent to Columbia, where I would stay for almost a month!

I was sicker than I ever imagined.  I had un-diagnosed sleep apnea and had developed sepsis and acute kidney failure.  I had never been so sick in my life.  After being in the ICU for a few days I was moved between a step down room and a regular room where I would be for the rest of my stay.  This was my view for the days that would follow.

It was a long tiring stay where I started treatment on BiPap therapy with Oxygen bled in during the night.  There was what seemed like round the clock blood tests and blood gasses done to check my arterial oxygenation levels.  I was not allowed to get up and walk around for many days and lost the ability to do so and required daily physical therapy sessions to help get me back on my feet.

There were scans that the doctors wanted to do to check for possible blood clots but simply could not as the machines would not accommodate me.

Before being hospitalized, I drank regular soft drinks, sweet tea and everything in between.  That all stopped abruptly when the hospital dietitians started limiting what I could eat on a daily basis.  The diet I was placed on was “heart healthy”, which consisted of plenty of veggies, unsweetened tea and all of the water I could drink.  After a few weeks, I learned to like it and after I was released, gave up regular soda all together and started implementing diet beverages into the mix and never looked back.

While in the hospital, I was asked by a few doctors if I had ever considered weight loss surgery, to which I abruptly replied NO.  I did not want to endure everything that I heard was involved and was confident that I could do this on my own.  I learned that there were seminars available to learn more about the process and chances to ask the surgeon questions directly.  My curiosity was peaked, so I talked to my wife about it and we decided it wouldn’t hurt to visit and learn what all was involved. Immediately after arriving, we were given paperwork to fill out requesting insurance and specific health information and persistently asked to fill out everything even if we were not interested initially.  To make a long story short, we waited through the presentation and quickly left afterwards without looking back!

The next day I began searching online for anyone that had great successes in weight loss and came across Bryan Ganey’s story and was inspired beyond belief.  He has lost 400 lbs through diet and exercise and without surgery!  I  quickly reached out to him and we became friends.  As I learned his story I started incorporating the same  principals into my daily routine.  I began tracking the calories of everything that I ate and started to move more.  For some reason, all the years of hearing doctor’s tell me “you have got to move more” – would go in one ear and out the other.  I invested in a Fitbit and before I knew it, I had started to loose weight, which fueled my fire.  A little over a year later, I had lost l00lbs.

Taking a Different Path

Being a techie, I travel to various technical conferences around the country.  Back in 2013, I had the opportunity to attend the Professional Association of SQL Server‘s (PASS) yearly world conference, which is known as the PASS Summit.  That particular year it was in Charlotte, North Carolina.  While there during one of the sessions I was attending, I made a great new friend named Donna.  I would later learn that she is a SQL Server Rock Star and a Quilting Genius.   As the months and years passed I learned that we both had the ambition and desire to obtain better health.  I was getting frustrated at the roadblocks that I was hitting mainly due to my bad choices and lack of motivation.  One day as I was sharing my frustrations, Donna asked me if I had ever heard of Isagenix.  I knew nothing about it and quickly placed it on the back burner in my mind after she gave me the 30,000 ft overview.  Later that week my curiosity spiked and I started researching and quickly became the biggest skeptic there ever was after seeing some of the unbelievable results people were having.

Fast Forward to Late April of 2017, I had an upcoming Dr. visit and decided to mention it just to get an honest medical opinion.  To my surprise, my Dr. thought this would be a great tool for me to use to help me get back on track.  She mentioned that several of her patients were using the products and having great success.  Sometimes, you need a different perspective on things to help change your vision.  In May of 2017, I decided to go all in and try it for just one month and changed my entire routine making radical changes from how I was living currently.  I cut out the Diet Soda that I was drinking as well as all caffeine and started walking every chance I got and started drinking water by the gallon. Wow what a difference it has made.   At the time of this writing, September 25, 2017 – I’ve lost 67 lbs and feel amazing!  I can’t think Donna enough for introducing me to Isagenix.

I’m looking forward to Bryan’s upcoming free seminar to learn how I can better weave the nutrition part into my daily routine to help me be the best me that I can.

Later during my stay, my wife brought me a stuffed monkey during one of my sickest days, which I would later name “Richie” which was short for Richland.  This was the name of the hospital where I was being treated.  Today he wears the hospital bracelet which I wore during my stay and is a constant reminder of where I could end up again if I don’t pay very close attention to my health.

One thing that I really started putting more emphasis on was walking at work, as I sit in an office all day.  My coworker and multi talented friend Laura and I walk almost every day.   Laura can often be seen crocheting another masterpiece while enjoying an afternoon walk.

8 Responses to Where My Journey Began

  1. Donna says:

    Big Hugs! You are amazing!!!

  2. Manuela Lopez says:

    You have always been an inspiration to me from your genuine caring personality to your enduring drive to reach your goals. I need some of it to rub off on me so I can kick this weight thing too. Keep being you!

    • billy1978 says:

      Thank you, Manuela! You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. I am here to help you along the way. The more people we have on the bus, the more fun the journey is!

  3. Tina P says:

    Billy, what an amazing journey so far! I am so very proud of you–you ROCK!! Keep up the great work!

  4. Julianna M Virgili says:

    Billy! We are newly friends but I am so proud of you! Thank you for sharing this with me. It touches my heart.

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