Fearing scary diagnosis, man drops 175 pounds

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Will Nevin had been dreading the doctor for years.Nevin knew he was obese, maybe even a likely target for diabetes. At 5 feet 10, Nevin estimates he weighed 350 pounds.“When I was that size, I (thought), what do I need a scale for?” he said.An Internet search added to the 25-year-old’s suspicions. He had symptoms such as a tingling in his feet, which he though was probably a symptom of pre-diabetes at the very least. But it was easier to ignore his size than face the possibility of a complicated diagnosis.For Nevin, the ultimate evidence of his denial came on a road trip from Alabama to California in January 2010 with a few friends. At the wheel, Nevin abruptly began to feel a tightening in his chest, and his heart started racing.“What is this? Am I having a heart attack?” he thought, assuming the worst.Now, Nevin believes he was foolish not to stop or alert his friends, but the feeling passed, the trip continued and he remained determined to not have his fears confirmed by a doctor. He hadn’t seen one since April 2006.When he returned to school in Alabama, Nevin kept mentally reliving his scare and wallowing in self-pity; shortly after coming back, he had lost his job, which had consumed all his time.Now, his evenings consisted of eating and watching TV until bed.After about a month, Nevin realized that something had to change. He’s still not sure where the spark came from, but he headed to his university’s gym.“I was 24. That was supposed to be the peak of my health, my energy — really everything,” he said. “If I’m not going to be fit, strong and healthy at 24, then when am I going to be?”The idea to go to the gym was strange, but Nevin says he wasn’t scared, because he didn’t know what he was getting into. The intimidating part came when he actually got to the gym — even the layout was unfamiliar, with the exception of the smoothie counter.Despite his misgivings, he hopped on the treadmill and walked for three miles that night.Besides committing to the gym every single day, he did his own research and changed his diet to exclude red meat and fried food, but added in fruits and vegetables.“I will be the first to admit I did not do this ideally,” he said. “If I had to do it over again, I would have seen a doctor and a nutritionist from the start, at the very beginning. But it just happened to work out for me.”The gym sometimes proved to be a lonely experience as he dragged himself on the treadmill and observed the chiseled and ripped bodies surrounding him, knowing how unlikely it was that he could ever look like that.“The toughest moments were when you stepped on the scale and you weren’t satisfied for whatever reason,” he said.But eventually, his hard work paid off. People’s comments of, “You look different,” turned into, “I don’t even recognize you anymore.” There were small victories in tightening his belt to the next hole and getting rid of the 4-XL T-shirts.“(The result) doesn’t happen the first day, but the clothes start to fit a little better, then they start to fit a little worse — when they fall off.”For Nevin, one of the biggest benefits of exercising and losing weight was being able to walk up the flight of stairs to his law class and reach the top without feeling winded.“I can run up a flight of stairs now, and it doesn’t bother me,” he said.About 11 months later, in January 2011, Nevin sprinted across the finish line — he had met his goal of 175 pounds, half his starting weight. He said there was a relief at finally seeing that number he had been imagining on the scale. “You look in the mirror at yourself sometimes. Who is that staring back at you?” he said. “It’s almost a sort of disconnected feeling. Your mind is picturing one thing, but you look in the mirror and it’s something completely different.”Nevin also finally faced his doctor, confident that he could handle the truth.“(The anxiety) went away as soon as the blood tests came back — my sugars were fine, my blood pressure was fine,” he said.Dr. Melina Jampolis, CNNHealth’s Diet and Fitness expert who is a physician nutrition specialist in California, said research shows losing even 5-10% of one’s body weight can lower blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol“I see it regularly, and certainly for that dramatic of a weight loss in somebody so young, I would be surprised if he didn’t normalize,” she said.However, Jampolis said that if a person is pre-diabetic, that genetic predisposition never goes away and will likely come back if the person regains weight. This is why it’s crucial for the changes to turn into a lifestyle.“Type 2 diabetes is clearly associated with being overweight and (is) responsive in most cases to weight loss,” she said. “If you are concerned that you have symptoms of diabetes, you should absolutely see a doctor and not try to self-treat yourself. It worked out for him, but it might not work out for everybody.”The most difficult part of Nevin’s journey was powering through the mental setbacks and persevering even when the scale wasn’t showing him the results he wanted to see. He had been overweight since kindergarten, always opting for TV and computer games rather than the outdoors and athletics.“You have to find a reason you want to do this. It can’t be to please other people and it can’t be purely for cosmetic reasons,” he said. “It has to be because you want to make a serious long-lasting change in your life. … You have to find that inner motivation.”Now that he knows he’s pursuing a healthy lifestyle, his constant nervousness has turned to peace. His calorie-conscious eating hasn’t ruled out fast food, but while a typical order used to include at least three cheeseburgers and a large order of fries, now it’s a low-fat chicken salad. He still uses the treadmill daily, but his speed and resistance levels have increased.One unconventional reminder of Nevin’s journey is his wedding band, which is too wide for his finger. To keep it from falling off, he wrapped layers of duct tape around the ring in what he describes as an “inelegant solution.”It’s also what inspired the name of his blog, Duct Tape Wedding Ring, where he writes about his continuing journey.“It’s about finding the little solutions that work for you,” he said. “(Even though) they might not be what other people would do. … If I can change my entire life in 11 months, what can’t I accomplish?”CNN News HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Fearing scary diagnosis, man drops 175 pounds by: – July 29, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 33 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Gutierrez: What Syracuse can do to boost offense in the NCAA Tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse 42nd-year head coach Jim Boeheim has reiterated variations of the same phrase — “Our offense is terrible,” or “We’ve been struggling offensively” — throughout the season.Ever since the preseason, early in games against Division II opponents, the Orange has repeatedly struggled to initiate offense. SU averages 67.5 points per game, tied for 309th in Division I hoops. As personnel changed and players evolved, the imbalance played out nearly every game for Syracuse: Three primary scorers carry the bulk of the scoring load without much help.The offensive troubles that have undone Syracuse (20-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) in losses come down to three simple factors — having only three consistent scorers, a lack of dribble penetration and a whole lot of standing around. The first of which may be hard to fix at this stage in the season, though Marek Dolezaj’s emergence would go a long way. More on that later.The other two items are much more correctable on a game-by-game, even possession-by-possession, basis. Adjustments on the offense end moving forward could pay dividends for the Orange. Or they could send Syracuse straight toward its next loss and into the offseason.Below, find three ways in which Syracuse could boost its offensive production for the Big Dance. There’s no quick-fix to Syracuse’s inexperience, but don’t rule out a few tweaks that could promote scoring. Because there may be a real opportunity for Syracuse to make a push, given how strong its defense has been.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRide the hot wave, but be ready to course correctMuch of Syracuse’s offensive struggles have been rooted in a shortage of scorers. It boils down to a fact that Boeheim put bluntly after SU’s loss to Boston College on Feb. 28: the Orange has only three capable options. Dolezaj scored 20 points last week against Wake Forest, but he reverted back to his former self with a six-point outing against North Carolina the next night.The trio of Tyus Battle, Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett have accounted for 73 percent of Syracuse’s scoring this season. All three have shown an ability to carry the offense for spurts or, in some cases, entire games. If one gets hot, ride that. But only to an extent.Where the Orange has run into trouble, particularly in the second half, is when teams adjust defensively. That’s usually in the form of a zone, matchup defense or face-guard on Battle. This is where Syracuse could try something new. Who knows what Boeheim may pull out of his bag of tricks, but we’ve seen infrequent efforts to push the ball in transition. And we’ve seen few backdoor attempts and few skip-passes, both of which can lead to quick, open shots.“Whoever brings the ball up, we want to run the offense through them,” Brissett said last month. “That’s what you want to do: have everyone else space out. Either you have an open 3 or just space out and crash the glass when the shot goes up.”Further, the Orange could put Dolezaj or junior center Paschal Chukwu in dribble hand-off situations to force the opposing center to expose himself away from the basket. Unclogging the middle in such a manner would open up the floor.Get Marek Dolezaj engaged — earlyAs I wrote after the Boston College win in January, there was a job opening on this team: reliable scorer and distributor in the paint. Dolezaj has partially taken the role, but his performance over the past six to seven weeks is akin to more of a part-time job. He needs to turn himself into a full-time contributor for Syracuse to expand its offensive game.“We have problems,” Boeheim said in February, “when we don’t have a low-post presence.”There’s no question Dolezaj can fill the void by being more assertive. Boeheim has said as much. He has a nifty hook/floater and is starting to show signs of an ability to finish. His presence on the court, especially from 10 feet and farther out, eliminates a help defender and creates more space for others to create. It also gives space for Battle and Brissett to attack closing-out defenders.“I think being able to have a couple of more guys,” SU associate head coach Adrian Autry said last month when asked about how to initiate offense. “Since we’re not a great shooting team, a couple of more guys that can put the ball down and try and make some things happen (would help).”How about this: When Dolezaj scores seven or more points, Syracuse is 10-2. When he reaches double figures, Syracuse is 5-0. Engage him.Create off the dribbleThe new triple threat: attack, attack, attack. Nothing happens on offense without the threat of the score. For the Orange to win this March, it’ll need to create off the dribble. Part of that stems in how well Howard operates with high screens. The other is the combination of how effective Battle and Brissett prove to be on drives from the wings and along the baseline.“We’ve got to play off our guards and drive,” Boeheim said last month.Too much dribbling allows the offense time to reset while the shot clock trickles down. Too often, we see players watching a ball-dominant player in Battle, Howard or Brissett. The style of play SU runs may dictate this, but Syracuse can create a wrinkle by moving off-ball. This would set up one-on-one matchups prime for dribble drives.“We try to get into the paint,” Howard said. “Me and Tyus, we try to attack.”When players get into the lane, both Howard and Boeheim have said, the tenor of the SU offense upgrades significantly. Battle and Howard know they need to use their height, probably a bit more.Syracuse hasn’t been blown out many times this season. Save for a 16-point loss to then-No. 2 Kansas in December, the Orange hadn’t been completely out of a game until its loss to North Carolina last week. This year’s defense can allow SU to hang with and beat just about anyone — if its offense can pick up the slack. Comments Published on March 14, 2018 at 2:01 pmlast_img read more

Player agent and counsel Jacobson joins APE

first_imgJustin M. Jacobson, APEThe Agency for Professional Esports, APE, has some new blood with the announcement that Justin M. Jacobson has joined as player agent and counsel.In this capacity Jacobson will be heavily involved in the agency’s day-to-day legal and business development matters.  He will also assist in the recruiting and signing of new talent to the agency. Prior to joining APE, Jacobson has worked in traditional sports with NFL, NBA and MLB pro athletes, in addition to music producers, songwriters, and fashion designers.We interviewed Jeff Suhy and Jason Moore back in February to discuss their plans for APE, and they spoke of waiting for that true ‘breakthrough’ star. Speaking to Esports Insider, Jacobson explained why he joined APE: “I joined APE for a variety of reasons. First, it is an honor to link with such a quality organisation as the foundation they have laid thus far will be beneficial to my growth in this sector.“APE also provides me with the ability to work with like-minded and well-known individuals who share the same goal and philosophy toward talent management and brand development.  Additionally, I joined in an effort to expand their operations to New York and the East coast to better serve the major East coast markets as well as the European and Asian markets. I hope to bring a new attitude and approach to the marketing and development of “branded” content based on my prior extensive experience in this area to help compliment their current practices.”As to why he believes the company is needed in the space, he said: “To date, APE has made huge strides in talent representation and the overall “brand” management of professional gamers.“They currently represent some of the world’s top talent in a variety of games. They have negotiated major marketing and player contracts on behalf of their clientele and have consulted for a variety of esports businesses. In particular, the work the agency is doing on behalf of its gamers, including their vigorous representation while negotiating on behalf of their players, sets them apart from others in the field.”He continued: “In particular, they are competent professionals who fully understand the entire business landscape. There seems to be a string of ‘consultants’ and ‘player agents’, with little to no actual contract negotiation and/or drafting experience, working on behalf of professional gamers, and they are negotiating with major organisations represented by competent professionals. “Ultimately, the biggest issue facing esports talent management is assisting the gamers to understand the short and long “value” that these individuals can bring to their career. This includes assisting in avoiding potential issues that would have been avoided if they aligned themselves early on with proper management and advisers.”Esports Insider says: APE has a solid backbone of contacts in the world of entertainment, and with Jacobson comes a wealth of experience of dealing with pro athletes in major sports which can only be a positive for the esports players that sign up with the agency.last_img read more