Hi there, and welcome to my blog! My name is Richard Gant, and Half of Me is about my journey to health.
My goodness but that sounds awfully pretentious, doesn’t it?
Here’s the thing: I’m a morbidly obese customer service representative, supervising other customer service representatives in a cubicle farm. And until very recently – July 15, 2015 to be specific – I was largely in denial about the fact that I was morbidly obese. Oh, sure, my pants were a little tight and my belt was on its last notch and I couldn’t walk up a single flight of stairs without getting out of breath, but that didn’t matter. Because, thanks to the Power of Denial, I was still twenty-two and in good shape in my head.
And then my doctor dropped the news on me that, in addition to the high blood pressure that I was treating with two different medications, I had most of the early warning signs of Type II Diabetes. And that, for reasons I discuss in my first blog post, scared three kinds of hell out of me.
But that, it turned out, was a good thing. Because it motivated me to finally get serious about doing something about it.