Week of Gratitude – Day 2

Day Two, and I’m thankful for my health. I’ve been very lucky in life, and I’ve dodged many bullets. The biggest one was my massive weight gain and the subsequent weight loss. I’ll get to that in a second.

I’m aware that even a small health problem can have an effect on your finances, your mood and your family. Although I have not been the perfect picture of health externally, I have been fortunate to not have many major health problems in my life. I’ve never broken a bone in my body. Other than my tonsils, I’ve never been in surgery.

So I didn’t take it very seriously when I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic by my doctor. I kept gaining weight. Now that the weight is off, I can say with less embarrassment that I was almost 400 lbs. On the day that my father died, I got the results to a blood test I had taken recently. Turned out I had type 2 diabetes.

I knew I had to start making some drastic changes, so I decided to have the same healthy breakfast every day: oatmeal. It’s inexpensive to make a hot and filling breakfast that would help keep my blood sugar down. And it only took ten minutes!

I decided to put those ten minutes to use. Each day when I made my oatmeal I’d share my progress and talk about the days events and try out new comedy characters. You can see most of them on Facebook on a show I call Live Jive. You can check it out on Facebook as Live Jive HERE or just follow my Facebook HERE to watch when I do a new one live.

If you watch them all, you can see me lose a little each week. I’ve lost over 100 lbs. My weight may still go up and down some, but my doctor tells me I’m no longer diabetic. I want to lose about fifty more. I know that weight loss created some huge changes for my career, my overall outlook and even played a factor in my ability to father a child.

You can see my daughter Izzy in my Live Jives as well. She was born in the middle of the process of me taking better care of my health, and she’s a big reason I work to keep eating and living healthier.

I’m so thankful for my health.

Do you have any stories to share about your health? What are you grateful for this week?

Published by billchott

Bill Chott is currently appearing in Marshall's Miracle, a family film about a courageous dog who survived hardships to triumph as a therapy dog. For five years he was on the Emmy-Winning Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. Originally from St. Louis Missouri, he is a member of his high school's Hall of Fame, a Broadway Award winner for his work in I Love Lucy Live on on Stage, and the winner of the INNY awards for Best Improv Coach. He attended Central Methodist University and trained in Improvisation at The Second City. There he worked with such comedy powerhouses as Tina Fey, Steve Carrel, Stephen Colbert among many others. Bill starred on The Dana Carvey Show, does cartoon voices on PBS, Saturday Night Live and in film, he appeared in Galaxy Quest, Dude Where's My Car, and he was a lead role as Thomas, the Special Olympian who brings home the bronze in the Farrelly Bros. film The Ringer.

2 thoughts on “Week of Gratitude – Day 2

  1. Looking good, Bill! I, too, start the day with oatmeal with dried cranberries or raisins: my annual blood work always returns good cholesterol numbers. Health-wise I’m thankful for the technology and doctors who fixed my supraventricular tachycardia 15 or so years back.

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