SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Join me on Team Good Health

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 05:47 PM.

Thirty-seven years ago, I was a 160-pound high school athlete. A few years later, after my adult body finished filling out, I was a rock-solid 190 pounds. By the time I was in my late 20s, I was still an athletic looking 210 pounds.

As I added the weight a pound here and a pound there, I never even thought about it. Weight gain has an uncanny way of sneaking up on me — right up until I tipped the scales at 315 pounds about two years ago.

Even before Monday’s incident, I had started trying to make choices for a healthier me. I’ve been meeting with a diabetes educator once or twice a month since mid-summer and recently starting using a CPAP machine to help with the sleep apnea.

My weight, which was 310 pounds a few months ago, is down to about 302 pounds.

I’m making progress, but have a long way to go.

I’ve always functioned better when I had teammates. Something about being a part of a team encourages accountability.

I consider the coaches and athletes I cover — and this section’s regular readers — a part of my team because your help makes my job possible.

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