About Rick

Hey.  Thanks for visiting.  I’m RickCouchman.com.  Did you know that on most blogs, the About Me is almost ALWAYS the most-read page on the blog?  Mine is interesting, looking back over time.  So here it is…

Rick Couchman fishing

I’m 53 yrs old, starting at 321.6 lbs on December 3, 2020, and WAY out of shape. (Reboot 01-Oct-2021 at 338.7lbs)

I’m fighting:

  • sleep apnea. I use a cpap each night.
  • diabetes, type 2 (next step insulin).
  • recurrent gout and kidney stones, uric acid type (for those wondering.)
  • terrible depression and anxiety.  I’ve attempted suicide a couple times.
  • obviously very obese.  VERY obese.  Look at my BEFORE photos.
  • daily taking 15 different medications for a bunch of illnesses

 

I’ve been fat for ages.  The start of 2019 had me at 360 lbs.  I then did some keto, fasting, and became a member of TOPS – Taking Off Pounds Sensibly.  TOPS was a simple enough plan, but as Covid hit – we couldn’t attend meetings.

I started WW – Weight Watchers – on December 3, 2020.  I’m eating healthy, tracking WW points, and as of January 2020, I aim to walk increasingly more daily with a goal of a minimum 10,000 steps daily when ramped up.  It’ll take a while to get my fat ass to that level, I’m sure.  My ass still isn’t a fan of walking further than the fridge.  But I’ll do it!

A bit more about me.  Let’s see.  I double-majored at Wilfrid Laurier University in psychology and sociology.  I’ve worked in social services for a number of employers in homelessness, addictions and mental illness.  I’ve also worked in communications.  My coolest gig was working a couple of decades as a journalist covering the Toronto Maple Leafs (which is God’s team, I’m sure.)  Sadly I’ve been on disability for a decade, all stemming from that damned depression and anxiety.  Check out my Mental Health website – AdvocateTuesday.com.

My depression and anxiety, and my new diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder… I’ve been unable to work for about 12 years now.  I have a couple decent days, then it gets bad enough that I end up suicidal or admitted to hospital.  I’ve seen it all!

My father’s entire family had heart problems.  Dad had a few heart attacks and had two major surgeries – a triple bypass and a quintuple bypass.   His sister died of a heart attack at age 40.  My own sister Pat, died a couple years ago of congestive heart failure.  Lots of reasons to get healthy.  Lots.

Please note: I do not work for, or receive any compensation from, WW Canada. I pay a membership fee monthly to be a member and use their monthly services. I would recommend the WW lifestyle to anyone!

That’s about it.  Please fire off any questions directly below and I’ll do my best to answer.

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    Rick Couchman

    couchmanrick @ gmail dot com

    Hespeler, Ontario, Canada