William, a father and budding chef, enjoyed life and serving at his church. It was one fateful day that changed his whole outlook on life and health. The result? William losing nearly 70lbs and fighting diabetes.
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Question: Was there a defining moment that made you decide to lose weight?
William: On December 1, 2013 I went to the ER feeling very tired, sluggish and with a stomach ache that would not go away. It was this day that I found out that I had new on-set type 2 diabetes. This diagnosis was the catalyst that ignited the fire in me to lose weight and get healthy.
Did you or your family have a history of disease or health conditions?
Yes. I had a history of health issues/conditions. Yes my family has a history health issues/conditions. I was always told I was border line hypertensive and I have been on medications for hypertension and cholesterol. My father had diabetes and he died of congestive heart failure. My mother is a diabetic, as well as my brother and I had a cousin who died from complications of diabetes. Notice I referred to diabetes and any other so called diseases as conditions. I say this, because their progression in ones life is conditional on the person doing what he/she has to do to live a quality life or a less than quality life.
What was the most difficult part to getting healthy?
Consistency. Being consistent is the most difficult. I don’t always want to go to the gym, however, I’m always trying to be active and keep moving.