This Veteran Didn’t Want To Lose His Leg

This Veteran Didn’t Want To Lose His Leg


– I didn’t wanna lose my toes. I didn’t wanna lose my leg. I didn’t wanna end up on dialysis. And I didn’t wanna die. I’m an Italian kid from Boston so you know, I ate pasta
and meat all day, everyday. I thought not eating meat was stupid because I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I was the anti-vegan. The education I got was forced on me. So I started in Boston, Massachusetts. Entered the Marine Corps in 1981. I was a combat marine
in Grenada and Beirut. Got out of the Marine Corps and went into the professional
wrestling business. When you throw yourself on the floor, you know, time and time again, night after night for six years, stuff’s gonna hurt. So I like to say that I wake
up every morning in sections. Sometimes, some sections don’t work. I get out of the wrestling business and began in the insurance industry. But I continued to eat
like I was working out and ended up working out at the buffet. And ended up about 340 pounds when it was all said and done. Fast forward a number
of years of bad eating and not caring for myself, I found myself 53 years old at the VA Hospital in Hampton, Virginia and they diagnosed me
with type two diabetes. That was… difficult to swallow. It was one of those “ah-ha” moments. What do I do? The next morning, I started out being plant-dominant. And in 90 days, I was
305, I went down to 245. If you look at diabetics,
especially at the VA Hospital, there’s a line that’s like two miles long to get into the dialysis unit. And 90% of those guys aren’t
there for any other reason than they have diabetes and their kidneys are getting worked out. The other line is the drug
line to get to the pharmacy. I had a big learning curve. There’s two pieces to it. One is education. And you gotta educate yourself. Second thing that I would
say is, what’s your why? I’ve had the question
asked me a 100 times. “Oh, Bob, I wanna do
this, what did you do?” I said, “I knew what my ‘why’ was.” And they look at me, puzzled. And I said to them, “My why was I didn’t wanna lose my toes, I didn’t wanna lose my leg, I didn’t wanna end up on dialysis, and I didn’t wanna die.” And if you know your
‘why’, you can do anything. You can put away the nonsense you’ve been taught your whole life. I’m three years in and I feel a million times better.

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