Loss brings determination

November 22, 2015

Life cannot be lived without loss. Losses we call ‘big’ and ‘small.’ Some losses are of a nature that you only know you have lost because you know you will never be able to have an experience you didn’t even know you wanted to have.

My good friend Denmark West has been honoring the life of HaHank Williamsnk 
Williams owing to his recent and unexpected death. He was a pioneering entrepreneur and a tireless advocate for increasing diversity in the technology arenas. Reading Denmark’s heartfelt posts triggered a cascade of thoughts. So, in addition to being supportive of my friend at the loss of his, I’m struck by the nature of my loss having never met Hank. Had I, I’m positive it would have been to our mutual benefit. Also, it was a reminder as to how utterly socially inept I have come to be (my momma taught me better – she doesn’t deserve this) to let soo many months go by since speaking to Denmark (sorry, man – I’m gonna fix that). Then the reminder that there are at least a 1/2 dozen other such people who I need to get with (sorry Todd).

But the most biggest and most insistent word in the word cloud is health. You see, Hank died aged 50 of a viral heart infection. 50.

While I have no more detailed information about the circumstances of his death (other than the news reports), Denmark’s plea in one of his posts honoring Hank kept ringing in my ears:

Denmark on Hank

I created the blog you are reading over six years ago now (after delaying several years) because of repeated requests of friends and acquaintances to share some of the self-taught lessons that have enabled me to continue in excellent health well past the age at which Hank was taken from us.

Sadly, I let these pages languish over the last while. Maybe because in 2015 blogging is just quaint (Oh look, he’s blogging, must be hard to compose those posts on a flip phone). Or maybe there are much better sources from which one would be able to get much of what I have to share (Mark’s Daily Apple, Vitamin D Council, Diet Doctor, Nutritional Science Initiative).

All that may be true, but I am determined to get back to helping people in any way I can.

It’s a small token, but I can say this loss has lead to determination.

Watch these pages. There is more to come.

About a month ago I had the privilege of meeting the internationally known low-carb blogger Jimmy “Livin’ la Vida Low-Carb” Moore. This opportunity to meet was afforded to me in connection with the American Society of Bariatric Physicians conference about which I wrote at the time.

Well he seemed like a fun and engaging enough fellow based on his blog, podcast and YouTube channel (busy guy!), but it’s nothing like meeting a person face to face. It’s hard to imagine anybody who wouldn’t like Jimmy. He’s fun, doesn’t take himself overly seriously and, at the same time, has a real thirst for knowledge which he shares with his readers. And, by the way, managed, through diet and perseverance, to rid himself of over 180 excess pounds by switching to a carbohydrate-restricted diet back in 2004.

So you can imagine my good fortune to be offered a signed copy of his most recent book 21 life Lessons from Livin’ la Vida Low-Carb.

21 Life Lessons From Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb: How The Healthy Low-Carb Lifestyle Changed Everything I Thought I Knew

The book book is organized around 21 lessons. Some about diet and nutrition (“Low-carb is much more than a diet” and “Low-carb is not even close to being a fad diet”). Others about life lessons (“If you put yourself out there on the internet, people will judge you” and “If you put yourself out there on the internet, people will love you”). Anyway, you get the drift. Weighing in (heh, he said ‘weighing in’) at 471 pages, he could have benefitted from the deft hand of a skillful editor, but the passion and the sincerity surely come through.

Throughout, Jimmy is his open, self-critical, yet always upbeat self. He’s been through a lot in life and you can’t help but admire his optimism. He’s become a friend now (thanks for the mention on your blog, by the way) and while I had admired him from afar and wished him health and success, having met him and gotten to know him, I can say that great things couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Keep it going, Jimmy!