My Journey: All the Dirty Details

by: Tim Frick

I have been trying to figure out what to write about, and it dawned on me.  I need to share my journey and what I've been doing so far to get here, and how that has been a catalyst to everything else.  Some of you have been following my journey, or parts of my journey on YouTube and on the podcast, so I thought it prudent to give you all of the steps I've taken, and all the down and dirty details of that so far.

About 8 months ago, and for a long period of time before that, I weighed close to 500lbs...475 to be exact.  I was working a very demanding, and mostly thankless job, and I was living to work, not working to live, which was part of the problem.  That, and I had just put my health, my weight management, and a lot of other things that matter, on the back-burner.  I have been an athlete, and athletic my whole life, so according to all vital stats, I was still relatively healthy, but I knew that wouldn't last.

I left my job, back in October of 2017 and it was then that I decided to take control over certain aspects of my life that I had let slip, and first of foremost was my weight and my health.  I am a guy who has struggled with weight my whole life and have tried pretty much every diet known to man...some successful, others not so much.  At this point, I started doing a sort of bastardized hybrid of Paleo and Keto.  I know they're two very different things, and my apologies for anyone who is a purist prescribing to one or the other.  This may sound weird, but for me it came down to grains and cheese.  I can give up grains, but I'd rather not give up cheese, so I ended up basically doing a Paleo with less grains and some dairy...which is close to Keto, but like I said, it doesn't really matter, because that is what worked for me.  Above all else, I think the most effective diet really is the one that works for your, that you can do in the most painless way possible and not feel like you're punishing yourself too much, otherwise it will be near impossible to stick to.

With that I was able to lose about 20-30lbs and at that point, after lots of research and talking to lots of people, I made the decision to get bariatric surgery, more specifically gastric bypass.  This is not something I mean to gloss over, as it is a very contentious subject and a subject that arouses a lot of discussion.  I'm not making light of the subject, and it is something I take very seriously.  It is greatly misunderstood, I think, and there are going to be and were lots of supporters, supporters who didn't quite understand what I was doing, lots of questions, and critics as well.  I was talking to a friend, who is very intelligent, and she asked me, "How much weight have you lost since the surgery?".  I said "a little over 70lbs."  Then she asked me "How much weight did you lose from the surgergy?"  It was then that I realized some, or maybe even most, people don't understand the surgery.  I can go into detail on all that in another post, but they don't take anything out of you, all I did was trade in one set of problems for another.  It's been a rough road, but I have absolutely no regrets.  The short of the long, is that I lost 60lbs leading up to the surgery, I had the surgery at the end of December and I have lost a little over 70lbs since then, totaling 132lbs so far.  

One of my best friends was a big critic at first.  He didn't understand why I didn't want to do it a different way, and the way I explained it to him was that I'm here, and I want be and deserve to be at a certain place, and that is where I want to live the rest of my life.  I'm almost 36 yrs old and the longer it takes me to get to where I want to and deserve to be, the less of my life I have to be there and enjoy living there.  This resonated with him and there isn't really a right or a wrong way to do it, or do to anything it is you want to do.  It is just a tool that I had access to and decided to use.  I say if there is something you want to do, take stock of all the tools you have access to and any of them that is a healthy, responsible option that can help you get to where you want to be in the best and quickest way possible, go for it. 

For me it was originally a health thing, but it has infused so much life into me.  I have focused on myself, and that sound selfish, but it has made me such a more positive, productive, passionate, focused, more awesome version of myself and that has given me the ability to be that much better and more present to the ones I care about and love and want to help.  Every morning I wake up with all these ideas and thoughts and things I want to share...need to share with as many people possible.  I want to share it with you,and with the world...and this is how Project Reclamation was born, this is how the Podcast was born and the YouTube channel and this is why I'm doing all this.  I want to share my journey and hopefully inspire as many people as possible, to join me and to take the first steps in making any changes you want to make with your life.  

It took me like a week and half to decide how I wanted to share this and how to take every detail of my journey public.  I was waiting for some sort of inspiration, then I realized that I am my inspiration.  I've been my inspiration for the last 8 months and it is my job and my duty to get this out and if it helps anyone...even one person...then that is worth it to me.  I'm nothing special, I have no super powers, or anything special...I'm just a guy doing a thing to make my life better, and if that is inspiring at all to you or to anyone to make changes and join me in making your life better than that is exactly what I'm trying to do.  

This is me, and this is my journey.  I'm far from done, and the road is long and tough, but I'm doing it and I'm loving it.  To anyone who is reading this and anyone who will listen, I love and appreciate the support, and I want as many people as possible to join me and if I can inspire you to take even the first steps towards whatever it is you want to do.  I'm with you, I'm here to support you, and I'm sure there are more people than you realize that are in your corner as well.  So this is me, and this is what I'm doing.  Send me your questions, your comments, your feedback and anything else, I'd love to hear from you.  Go out and do something to make today a little better than yesterday.  Success doesn't happen overnight, it's hard work and consistency that adds up and leads to success.