Hi, my name is Steven Waddell and this is my health and wellness blog. I went through a period of my life where I was extremely unhealthy. I was a lean and healthy kid, but as soon as my growth spurt hit at 10 years old, I continued to pack on the pounds that took me over a decade to lose. My struggle with my weight over the course of those 10 years took me from a happy, energetic and gifted child to to a depressed and isolated video game addict. It wasn’t until a near death experience that I forced myself to focus on healing my body.
Weight loss didn’t come naturally for me. After a terrible high school experience (mostly due to being extremely obese) I was determined to make college a much better experience. I knew I had to lose the weight to achieve that, so I did what all the so called weight loss “experts” were saying. Working out and eating less would work for a short while. After a few weeks or months of this calorie deprivation, I would become depressed or it would be Christmas (or other times of celebration) and I would just become so hungry that I was unable concentrate. Then, my diet would go out the window. After working my heart out to lose 20-50lbs, I would be back up to the 300lb mark within a few weeks. It felt like I was hitting my head against a wall. I can remember looking in the mirror and thinking “I’m a smart person. Why can’t I figure this out?” Then something happened that would change my life forever.
When I was 21, I survived a fall onto the New York subway and 2 minutes of laying on the third rail. I was electrocuted for several minutes on a 750 volt beam that allegedly kills people in a mere 20 seconds. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time while drinking, and it almost cost me my life. When I woke up in St. Vincent’s hospital, I was surrounded by doctors and nurses who could not believe I was alive. “You are a miracle” they said. People who read the articles written about my survival visited me in the hospital. Before I could even fully understand or even believe what had happened to me, I was inundated with visitations from people searching for validation of this miracle.
The true miracle was not in my survival of the accident itself, but in the breakthrough that occurred in my understanding of the world beyond what we can only see, and an incredible burst of passion to change my life circumstances. Instead of viewing the world as a depressing place full of people out to get me it now became full of opportunity. That single psychological shift would eventually spring board me to my weight loss goals.
This blog is about my journey from that accident, not only my physical recovery from the accident, but my emotional and mental journey as well. A weight loss of over 100 pounds, a complete overhaul of my isolated social life, a discovery of the holistic world, and the development of a career path that celebrates it all.
I hope that you find the stories interesting and inspiring. I would love to hear your story. Please feel free to send me your progress and I will continue to post success stories.