I could not even walk into work without stopping three times to get to my work station.
After quitting smoking two years ago, my weight got out of control. I had issues with everyday activities and could not breathe. My doctor diagnosed me with severe COPD, polycythemia, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea. I was supposed to be on oxygen 24 hours a day. I was told that I should look into retiring from work and I did not want to.
On February 2, 2015, a co-worker helped me realize I did not have to live the rest of my life like this. With help from my wife, I started cooking healthier and eating better. I started a low carb diet combined with ten minutes of exercise each day. I had already taken advantage of Whirlpool’s nicotine cessation incentive to quit smoking, so I knew there were other programs to help me in my journey.
A year later, I’ve lost 95 pounds and continue to eat right and exercise daily. I can now walk into work without stopping, I don’t have to take his blood pressure medicine, my polycythemia is under control, and I even have spare energy to play with my grandchildren. I want to be around for my family. Everyday I feel a little better and want to continue with the weight loss. My recommendation would be to get out of bad eating habits and learn how to shop for food.
I look forward to losing more weight and celebrating my 30th anniversary with Whirlpool in June.