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From overweight to half-ironman, while keeping that desk job... 

I, a mid-50-year-old working 45-hour weeks in corporate America, went from A) 60 pounds overweight, diabetic with an A1C of 6.9 on the clinical limit of metformin to B) 13% bodyfat, off all medication and training for a half ironman. I'm still working at a desk and will continue to do so as I believe working in healthcare to be rewarding. But triathlons are fun too :-)  

Hopefully this blog will help you with some ideas on how to find your own path to balancing work and health, whatever that means for you.

A support system is incredibly useful

America is rightfully proud of rugged individualism. But to travel this path solo is difficult. You don't have to be married / have a large group of friends / tons of cheerleaders. If you can find even one person, even if its an online-only community that you just joined, it'll help when you get frustrated and want to throw in the towel.

My support system had 4 main legs:

  1. Myself, and I realize that sounds egocentric but deep down I had to close my eyes and imagine a world in which I was able to succeed. If I didn't believe in myself how could I trust others who believed in me.

  2. My spouse, Hetal Bhatia, who has always been my biggest cheerleader (even when she's telling me I'm acting like a big baby 😁😁 )

  3. My doctor, Brett London of One Medical, who happened to be a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) which is far better than a traditional M.D. for my needs. He's a holistic doctor focused on "whole person" care, versus just throwing pills at the problem.

  4. My running/cycling coach Nate Ayers who designed a fitness routine that fit into my life, not the other way around like the downloadable ones. For the fitness buffs, he's with Peaks Coaching Group, aka the consulting arm of Training Peaks.

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