Welcome to Talkin’ Good Health, where we’ll be talking about ways to get healthy and stay healthy.
My Own Health Journey
My name is Sam Reichgott. I’m a licensed massage therapist, and owner of Rockin’ Good Health LLC. I’d like to think I’m incredibly healthy (now). At least that’s what my doctor tells me (now). But this wasn’t always the case.
This is me in 2010, doing what I did best — eating. Just look at that belly! I weighed 50 pounds more than I do now, 8+ years later. My doctor had me on statins to reduce my cholesterol and triglyceride levels. He had predicted a heart attack for me within a year, if I didn’t start taking the meds, so I did. Later, he identified that my thyroid was shot (likely from tobacco use), and he put me on a thyroid hormone replacement.
The medicine didn’t help much with the weight or other nagging problems. For example, every time I ate I’d get a sharp pain in the right side of my gut about 10 minutes later, regardless of what I ate. My joints ached all the time. And let’s not get into other, more private, issues. Short story: I was falling apart, I felt lousy, and it was no fun at all.
Why? Well, I was a fast food junkie, and a regular smoker, and a couch potato. I sat at a desk at work all day, without any exercise, unless you count going outside for cigarette breaks. I’d stop for a bacon burger, fries and diet soda (wouldn’t want too much sugar) on the way home from work, then sit down to a full dinner when I got home. Or some days it would be a soft ice cream cup blended with peanut butter and chocolate candy. Yum! I’d smoke three or four cigarettes on the way to work, take smoke breaks during the day, smoke more on the ride home, and into the night.
Medicine is good for keeping you alive (while you’re still sick) for as long as possible, so I was all in! My approach to “health” was to do whatever I felt like, and top it off with pills to forestall my ultimate demise. Brilliant.
Today I’m in fantastic health, and I no longer need statins. But it didn’t happen overnight. It wasn’t magical. It wasn’t a “diet”. It took years, several false starts, and finally a commitment.
And what was that commitment? I committed to continual improvement. I decided that no matter where I am in life, I can always improve — whatever that means at that point in my life.
Why I Created Talkin’ Good Health
I’m not here to convince you to do what worked for me, only to share. Everyone is invited to contribute your own experiences. One thing I’ve learned, there is no one-size-fits-all way to get healthy. Even the definition of healthy is different for everyone, so the way you get there will be different, as well.
I hope you’ll make a commitment to improve YOUR health — whatever that means to YOU! And I hope you’ll share your goals and methods here, as I do my own. I know I still have more to learn, and maybe we can all keep getting better, together.
In a Perfect World…
In a perfect world, what worked for me will work for you. But in the real world, it might not.
In a perfect world, your solutions would be the answers to my problems. But in the real world, they might not.
In the real world, all we can do is share our success strategies with each other. Then, each of us has to decide what to take to heart, and what to leave behind. As long as we share with an open heart and an open mind, we have an opportunity to approach perfection. And that’s what continuous improvement is all about. We’ll never get to perfection, but we can help each other along the way!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Sam Reichgott, LMT