- Posted April 28, 2014 by
Peachtree Corners, Georgia
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your 'Aha' weight-loss moments
I awoke this morning with the goal of becoming a Triathlete, at age 51, and at 220 pounds lighter than I was 4-years ago.
As an Information Technology professional for over 30 years, Jim has worked on the front line with many new and evolving technologies that are now used daily in the business, law enforcement, and medical communities. As an early integrator, Jim often worked around the clock when testing and implementing new hardware and software and it was this dedication and determination that worked against him in the struggle to maintain his health. Over the years, Jim gained, lost, and re-gained weight and with each cycle almost always added back significantly more weight than what he had lost.
When presented with the option of weight loss surgery by his primary physician, Jim took almost two years to come to the decision that surgery was an option that he wanted to pursue. What made the decision so difficult was that throughout his life Jim had never been in the hospital, had never had an I.V., and for the most part had been completely healthy for his entire life – except of course for his morbid obesity and mounting co-morbidities that seemed to be snowballing into what was sure to be a catastrophic life ending medical event. As fate would have it, Jim’s choice of bariatric centers led him back to the hospital that he was born at in 1962; a hospital he had never set foot in until he returned for what some would consider a re-birth or new beginning. With Jim’s strong faith and support of his wife, children, and other family members, Jim made the decision to change his life forever and has never looked back.
On Monday, April 5, 2010, Jim Blackburn executed one of the biggest decisions of his life. Today, at 200 pounds, Jim reflects back on the decision making process that lead him to laparoscopic RnY gastric bypass surgery and the circumstances leading up to his morbidly obese weight of 420 pounds. You can hear Jim’s full interview, as a Podcast, here: http://goo.gl/P6Z7BI. As you will hear, losing 174 pounds his first year after surgery, the road was bumpy and it took a lot of hard work and support from family, friends, and the doctors and staff of Emory Bariatric Center.
Today, Jim is training for his first triathlon in April and will be competing in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon as part of the Push America team. In an effort to give back, Jim continues to make himself available to speak to groups about his journey and to offer encouragement and support, through his story, to those considering weight loss surgery.
If you have questions for Jim or would like to discuss a possible speaking engagement you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him at any one of the following social media avenues:
Contributing Author: Reeger Cortell, FNP-C, 015 Jim Blackburn Interview by REEGER on DECEMBER 31, 2013