This is me, six years ago. I weighed 249 lbs and was 29% body fat. I couldn't tie my own shoes without gasping for breath. My 36 inch waist was the largest I had been in my life. I avoided mirrors whenever possible and the thought of summer and being in a bathing suit gave me anxiety. I was well on my way to type II diabetes.
Adding injury to insult, I was constantly comparing myself to my athletic brothers. How had they kept in shape while I had skyrocketed out of control?
This is my son Mason. It didn't take me long to realize that I was not going to be able to keep up with this Tasmanian Devil if I stayed on my current trajectory. I wouldn't be able to teach him how to snow ski, water ski, play soccer, or hike outside in nature. I was setting an example: just give in and accept your fate. It's too hard to make a change.
For most of 2015, I had been losing weight and making it to the gym. I had managed to drop 20 lbs. of fat and I was starting to see results. My family was gathering in Colorado for Christmas to ski and celebrate another year of blessings. On the final ski run of the trip, I fell. At first the small pain in my lower back seemed in-line with what I had been battling for years. But by the time I reached the bottom of the mountain, I knew that something was terribly wrong. I had never experienced such pain in my life. The MRI results a week later confirmed my worse nightmare: I was looking at back surgery.
Years of improper tackling in football by leading with your head, concussions (7 total), and improper posture and the red line becomes a straight line instead of where it should be in green
A healthy spine will have natural curves that act like a spring, absorbing shock and keeping pressure off of your discs
Years of neglect, old sports injuries, and sitting at a desk can lead to a spine that looks like this. Add a cracked disc from the 2015 ski trip and you've got a recipe to help your surgeon buy a new car. Notice that the discs are no longer smooth but have taken an elliptical shape with sharp edges known as bone spurs. In Between disc 5 and the sacrum, almost no spacing exists.