Cabo San Lucas is a beautiful place—but not when you have a debilitating headache, as was the case for me three years ago. We had rented a place right on the beach in an area known as The Corridor. The location was perfect. The weather was perfect. The water was perfect. My condition was not—and it was getting worse.
We ran into a couple from California who lived there year round and recommended a doctor in San Jose del Cabo. Being somewhat of a hypochondriac—I thought I might have a brain tumor—we decided to make the trip into town to see what was wrong.
I don’t know what I pictured, but a run down facility located on a dirt road with chickens out front was not what I had in mind for medical offices. I was in so much pain I decided to hope for the best and go in—and it’s a good thing I did. The offices were a little nicer on the inside and the doctor was very professional and spoke perfect English. The first thing she said to me was, “You don’t look so good, amigo.”
I plopped down in a chair in her office and she promptly took my temperature—it was normal. She took my blood pressure and it was so abnormal she thought something was wrong with the equipment. She left to get another set but the results were the same—off the charts. She checked a third time and said, “You are lucky to be alive. With blood pressure this high and your current symptoms, you could have had a massive stroke . . . or worse.”
Having a stroke in Mexico was not my idea of a fun family vacation. In fact, in my delirium I was having nightmares about dying that were so real and vivid they scared me to death—in a manner of speaking. The doctor prescribed medication and I quickly felt better, but the underlying problem—I was 75 pounds overweight—was still there. When we returned to San Diego my father-in-law recommended a doctor and I decided it was time to get my act together and lose the weight and get in shape before it was too late. This is how I did it and how changing my weight (I lost 75 pounds in under a year) created a ripple effect in my life.
P. S. When people who know me see me now they instantly notice the dramatic change in my appearance and always ask, “How did you do it?” The easy answer is I changed my lifestyle, but people want details. Actually, what they really want to know is how they can do it. If you want a free copy of the e-book “Ripple Effect” about how I changed myself from an out-of-shape and overweight guy to someone who is now in the best shape of his life . . . at age 45, send me a request at firstname.lastname@example.org.