Name: Michael Allen
Occupation: Home Media Entertainment Age: 46
City/State: Sylmar, Ca
My doctor had told me every year for the last five years that he wanted me to lose 20 lbs. He explained that doing so would help lower my blood pressure and I may not have to take the three pills per day that he prescribed for me. A routine echo-cardiogram revealed that a heart murmur that I was born with and my doctor sent me to a cardiologist. A stress test was performed on my heart and everything was alright. Even so, my doctor still urged me to lose 20 lbs. So, I decided to take action and do something about my high blood pressure that very day.
I joined a fitness center and the journey to better health began. I started out with cardio one hour a day five days per week. I put in a lot of hard work and three months later I had accomplished my weight loss goal and could not wait to share my results with my doctor. I found joy and gained peace of mind by taking care of my physical and mental health. Looking to build on my new found passion, I started running regularly and it gives me a lot self satisfaction.
One of my life goals was to run the LA Marathon. I found a few friends who shared the same goal and we trained for the marathon. But a few weeks before the LA Marathon, an ultrasound revealed a mass on my spleen. I went through a battery of tests and was still waiting for the results when marathon week came. I had trained so hard for this marathon and I told my doctor that I was running anyway. He gave me great advice that day. He said, “You are in perfect health and should live your life as such until you get results telling you otherwise.”
My favorite quotes:
“I Can, I Will, End of Story”
“There Is No Finish Line”
“Stop Wishing, Start Doing”
“If it’s important, you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse”
“Go fast enough to get there but slow enough to see”
I ran the marathon that week and felt invincible doing it. A few days later I got my test results. The mass on my spleen was benign. I thanked the doctor and promised to check-in every year to be sure there were no new developments.
That experience changed my entire mindset regarding my life and my health. Now I allocate more time to my health and my enjoyment on this earth. I feel a sense of urgency to see and do as much as possible.
To nourish my mind and body and to be a better person today than the person I was yesterday.