A Warm Welcome
Hey, and welcome to my website, “Belly Fat – The Battle of the Bulge.” My name is Ian.
Are you overweight or have you ever struggled to lose weight? Do you know someone who needs to lose weight? Then if so, “Belly Fat – The Battle of the Bulge” is for you or someone you may know.
As long as I can remember, I have been overweight. And I have always been trying different ways to lose weight. My journey has
included trying many weight loss programs and weight loss products over the years. With these different programs and products, I have gained a lot of valuable knowledge about dieting and ways to help improve my quality of life. And I hope to share with you my journey as I go through steps to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.
My Weight Loss Journey
Growing up in south Alabama, I was raised on my family’s farm. My mother was a great cook, but she had no clue about cooking healthy, nutritious meals. My mother was a “stay at home mom” and she always fried the meats she served us. She would fry our meats in either vegetable oil or lard with lots of flour. During this time, we had no knowledge about Canola oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil, nor the benefits of cooking with these oils.
Every Spring we planted a huge vegetable garden. We cooked the vegetables we grew in the Summer and canned the rest and put
them in our freezer. When my mother cooked our vegetables, she usually cooked them with fatty, smoked meats and used dripping from the meats she fried to season them with. Because of the way we ate, my younger brother and I were always overweight.
Enlisting in the Army
It was not until I enlisted in the U.S. Army that I had to address my weight issues. The Army’s primary goal was to get every soldier in shape and be “combat-ready.” Because of my weight problems, I was put on the Army’s “Fat Boy” program. With this program, I had to eat fewer portions and do more running and exercises than other soldiers. This helped me to get my weight under control plus get me in shape.
After completing basic training and my advanced training, I volunteered for Airborne School and Ranger School. The training in both of these programs helped me to be in the best shape I had ever been in. And with the continued physical training as an Army Ranger, I kept my weight under control and learned to eat more nutritious meals.
In August 1990, as a U.S. Army Ranger, my unit was deployed to serve in Desert Storm. During one of my parachute jumps, my
parachute collapsed some 70 – 80 feet above the ground and I fell on my back. Although my rucksack caught my fall, I sustained serious injuries. I was evacuated to a hospital and I had to undergo surgeries on my back, neck, both shoulders, and both knees. After I recovered as much as I could, I was medically discharged.
Before it was over, I went through 14 surgeries (5 back surgeries, 1 neck fusion, both shoulder surgeries, left knee surgery, and 3 right knee surgeries, and 2 right-hand surgeries). In addition, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), severe depression, panic attacks, and anxiety disorder. At this time, I was dealing with severe chronic pain and later diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
Because of the inactivity and not being able to exercise, my depression got worse and I ate more. I began feeling sorry for myself and I gained a lot of weight. This caused me to develop high blood pressure and high cholesterol. In addition, in September 2000, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
My Need To Change
In 2013, my son, Zeth, moved in with me. Zeth has Autism and he needs constant care. I finally realized that I had to change my eating habits and live a healthier lifestyle because my son needed me. Plus, I wanted to live a longer life. Because of this, I stopped feeling sorry for myself and began eating more nutritious foods. It wasn’t long before I was walking each day. In about 4 months, I reached 3 1/4 miles and started losing weight. Soon my health and my depression got a lot better.
I began researching different ways to lose weight and other ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. I began preparing and eating more nutritious meals including cutting out bread and I stopped frying my food. It has been several years since I have eaten any fried foods and if I do eat any, I get sick. Research showed me that herbs and supplements could help me feel better and help me with my other health problems. It wasn’t long before I was taking over 35 herbs and supplements each day.
My VA Checkup
I went for my 6-month checkup at the VA and realized I had lost over 25 lbs. The doctor showed me my lab work and my high cholesterol had gone back to normal levels. My blood pressure had also decreased and was back to normal. My doctor couldn’t believe the change in me.
Walking and lite exercise had become passions of mine. I had been walking for over 3 years and had lost over 35 lbs. I was feeling great and my blood pressure and cholesterol levels were normal. I continued to take my herbs and supplements and they were doing a great job making me feel better. Eating nutritious meals and snacks, walking, and taking herbs and supplements made me feel like a new person.
On November 10, 2017, I had taken my fiancee to Destin, Florida, for her birthday. We went down to the beach for a day of antique shopping and eating fresh seafood. When we were leaving Destin, I was waiting for a traffic light to turn green and my truck was hit in the rear by a commercial van. Immediately, I experienced pain down both arms, my neck, down both legs and my lower back. The sheriff’s department and fire department were called and I was taken to the emergency room. I was given MRIs on my neck and my lower back.
The doctor diagnosed me with 2 herniated discs in my neck and 4 herniated discs in my lower back. Because of the accident, I wasn’t able to walk anymore nor do much of anything else. My depression soon came back and with that, I began eating more and eating the wrong foods. It wasn’t long before I was overweight again and my depression returned.
I had my neck fusion in March 2018, and I had my lower back fusion in July 2018. It has been a slow recovery for me with all my other surgeries.
Another Weight Loss Journey
Due to my accident and last 2 surgeries, I’ve finally gotten to where I can walk again. I’ve been walking every day now for about two weeks and I am walking 2 miles each day. Christmas has come and gone and I have definitely eaten too much like most folks. I am planning my goals for 2019, and my top two goals are to lose weight and be able to walk 3 1/4 miles each day again. I hope that you will follow me on my journey to reach my desired goal!
Being overweight and obese can cause high blood pressure and high cholesterol because it happened to me. It can also cause stroke, heart attack, heart disease, and diabetes 2, and some cancers as well as other diseases. I have also developed a fear of people looking at me and thinking I was a “fat-so.”
Over the last 28 years, I have had to overcome a lot of obstacles in my life. Growing up the way I did, my military injuries, and the auto accident along with my severe depression caused me to overeat. This overeating caused me to become obese. And with obesity, came high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I am very lucky that I didn’t develop a heart attack, heart disease, diabetes 2, or some sort of cancer.
I am very passionate about wanting to help people avoid being overweight because I have been overweight most of my life. I want to help people avoid the causes of being overweight and show them that with eating the proper foods, watching their food intake, taking supplements, and doing some sort of exercise, they can lead a more productive life as well as a healthier lifestyle.
All it takes is the right mindset along with support. While undertaking any sort of weight loss program and weight loss products, we need to have a positive attitude and a “can-do” mindset. My fiancee told me that she has never met anyone who has gone through some much strife in their life as I have, and remain as positive as I have. I know if I can do it, anyone can!
In my blog, I will be introducing you, my readers, valuable information to help you obtain your weight loss goals. I will be introducing you to different weight loss programs, weight loss products, supplements, and give you some healthy recipes and tips to get you moving in the right direction.
If you ever need a hand or have may questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,