Hello, my name is Bill Moore, and I tell my story here with the hope of inspiring others to take control of their health and their life before they end up in the position I found myself in a few years ago.
Most of my life I was a fairly healthy individual. I loved “throwing around the iron”, so to speak, and worked out often. I’d actually become mildly depressed if I missed a couple of workouts. I enjoyed a successful career in capital equipment sales that eventually led to a great job with a large medical device company. I loved the job, but the long hours and time on the road started taking their toll and I began to get lazy. I began making poor decisions, primarily concerning my diet. Since I was wining and dining doctors and hospital CEOs I was eating out all the time and definitely not eating healthy. To me this was just part of the life of a successful salesman, but these types of changes in lifestyle exact a toll, especially when one lets circumstance blind them to the big picture. I only wish I had a clue then how terrible the toll would be.
A little less than five years ago I awoke one morning barely able to move. My hands and feet were swollen to three times their normal size and I had tremendous pain pulsating through my arms and legs. My initial thought was heart attack, but once I was able to get up and get over my initial panic I knew it wasn’t my heart, so I called around to area doctor offices until I found one that could see me that day.
After my assessment the doctor told me, “Mr. Moore, we have got to get you to a specialist as soon as possible, you’re in bad shape.” It’s tough to describe the feeling you have when you realize you’ve lost your health, other than to compare it to the feeling one must have when they’re told they’re about to die. Two weeks later I was seeing a rheumatologist. I was 320 pounds, I had psoriatic arthritis, I was pre-diabetic and my blood pressure was through the roof – 190/120. Even without the arthritis I was struggling just to tie my shoes. I was in horrible shape for a man my age, and the rheumatologist told me that if we couldn’t turn the deterioration around I’d be in a wheelchair, or worse, in a few years.
I wish I could say I went home invigorated and ready to change my life, but unfortunately it was the exact opposite. To be honest I gave up. I had gone from the height of success to wallowing in self-pity in just a few short years. I spent the next few years convincing myself that this was my life now, I would never be the man I was before. To me life with psoriatic arthritis was the equivalent of hell on earth. Simple tasks that I used to accomplish without thinking now required assistance – putting my shoes on, opening a jar, even sitting up. I had days where I couldn’t even open a bag of chips. It was horrible. I was bedridden four days a week due to pain. It felt like being buried alive.
After two years of giving up and waiting to die I had one of the most humiliating experiences of my life, one that thankfully served as the wake-up call I so desperately needed. One day I dropped a bottle of aspirin, got down on my hands and knees to retrieve it, and simply couldn’t get back up. I struggled and struggled but couldn’t even go from all fours to my knees. After trying to use a shelf to pull myself up and breaking it, I collapsed on the floor and started bawling like a baby. My wife would be home soon and I couldn’t bear the thought of her seeing me like this, so I crawled into the bedroom and kept trying to get up. I was still trying when she got home 45 minutes later. She was so scared, but at this point I think she also got a little fed-up. She told me in a compassionate but stern tone that I had to lose weight and start taking better care of myself so this would never happen again. I knew she was right, and just like that I knew it was time to start living again. Easier said than done, but I was determined to turn things around. I took a hard look in the mirror that day and told myself it’s all on me – no one else is going to take care of this.
I went on a diet and started losing weight. I knew I also needed to start incorporating some physical activity, but I still needed a cane to go short distances. Slowly but surely I started taking short walks and eventually began doing simple body weight squats. Eventually I was at 255 pounds, but I was unable to break through this plateau for a good while. That’s when I went back to something my heart had always called for me to do – throwing around the iron again.
It was during this time that I started looking into nutritional supplementation to help augment my improved diet and support my return to weight lifting, and after a good deal of research into many different brands I kept coming back to NOW. I had taken NOW products occasionally over the years but never with any regularity. But incorporating NOW® supplements into my health regimen on a daily basis and by being consistent and fighting for my health every day, I was able to transform my body and shed 120lbs in the two years after I had decided to take my life back. I currently weigh in at a range of 198 – 204 lbs. In the process I lost 68 lbs of fat, gained almost 24 lbs of lean muscle and check in at 11.4% bodyfat! NOW® Products I take include Adam Multivitamin, Krill Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Omega-3, Vitamin D, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Turmeric & Bromelain, Cinnamon Capsules, Chromium Picolinate, Cayenne, White Willow Bark, Black Walnut Extract, Ginger, Garlic Oil, AlphaSorb-C , Green Coffee Diet Support and more. Specifically for weight-lifting I take Whey Protein Isolate, Glutamine Caps, Branched-Chain Amino Acids, Tribulus, 7-KETO and TestoJack.
Today I’m healthy. I’m no longer pre-diabetic and my blood pressure is back where it belongs – 119/75. I still have psoriatic arthritis but these days it’s manageable – the pain and swelling is minimal and my mobility is pretty much normal. I know in my heart that exercise and a healthy diet made my journey back to good health possible. And I was able to improve my nutrition and wellness by supplementation with NOW products.
Now I feel it’s my responsibility to share my story and my success with others who may be dealing with similar circumstances in their life, so I’m studying to be a certified personal trainer (graduating in January 2014) and nutritionist (graduating in June 2014) and plan to make a career of helping others reach their health and fitness goals. I’m proof that anyone who has succumbed to health issues due to a poor diet and a lifetime of poor choices can fight back and defy the odds, and I feel it’s my responsibility to share the lessons I learned help change the world and people’s lives for the better. My journey is no longer just about me, but about helping others take back control of their health and living a healthy, fulfilling life.