My name is Jim Dosch and I’m a Certified Health Coach. I help busy professionals transform their futures by making permanent lifestyle changes so they can maximize their potential and quality of life.
My interest in holistic health was seeded in many ways. Childhood through college was filled with competitive sport. I worked with plants and animals on our family farm. I shared an interest in health and nutrition with my family. I’ve always been fascinated with the beauty, complexity, and wisdom of nature.
Dad’s influence was a factor. He masqueraded as a fireman and farmer but he was really an inventor and an evangelist; always looking for insight and the best new idea. He wouldn’t stop talking about his projects and passions. He had strange books in the house no one else seemed to have. Topics ranged from the latest super-food, to the benefits of trace minerals in the soil, to fasting and everything in between.
Even though dad lived what many would call a healthy life, I watched him waste away after a severe heart attack in 2007. He died about a year later at the age of 79 on August 18, 2008. He knew more than the average person about how to be healthy but still give in to the lifestyle so common in our western culture. As I sat in the hospital room listening to dad’s labored breathing just before he died I was struck with how foolish it was to die like that of a preventable chronic disease. I also learned health is a way of life practiced daily, not a fad diet, new supplement, or the latest exercise machine.
Although I was probably over prepared to transform my own health long before dad died, I was stubborn enough to wait until I was miserable. It was February 2003 and I was 43 year old.
I remember the night of the 19th of February 2003 as a typical night of coping with jabbing heartburn while tired eyes stared at the clock’s red digital display. It was 2:11am. Most nights around that time I would pick up my uncomfortable and overweight body and walk to the bathroom to find something to help me get back to sleep. I was close to 50 lbs. overweight. My cholesterol, blood pressure, and resting heart rate (RHR) were borderline at best. I got a sore throat frequently. I wasn’t as focused or creative at work as I wanted to be. I felt sleepy after lunch, had occasional headaches, and a pain in my left upper back. I was unable to jog slowly for more than 20-30 minutes even after being fit enough to complete two marathons in my late 20s and early 30s. I was also a chronic overeater.
I hit bottom that night. I was done living like that, I was angry at myself, unsure of my future, not enjoying work anymore, and finally ready to do something about it…
The next Thursday morning (February 20, 2003) was a normal workday, but it wasn’t a typical day. I marked it on my calendar because I knew I needed to radically change my eating habits and it would take weeks before whole plant based foods would satisfy so I wanted to count the days. I also started jogging 5-6 days a week and drinking water every morning.
The changes began to work immediately. I was eating large amounts of whole plant based foods but the pounds just kept falling off. There were many failures and side stories in summary but my energy returned quickly and I lost almost 50 lbs. in just over 5 months. My cholesterol fell from 200 to 137 and my blood pressure and resting heart rate dropped dramatically. Even though my habits were still far from ideal I lost the headaches, sleepiness, sore throats, backache, and all the rest of the symptoms that first 6 months. I got creative at work again winning the highest departmental and companywide awards over the next 3 years.
I passed my 10 year health anniversary just over a month ago. I’m stronger and fitter at 53 than I was at 43. As time passes I get sick less often. I’m still a recovering overeater and have to work hard at intentional eating but I’m still amazed at how far I’ve come with all the imperfections and mistakes.
How about you? Do you struggle with some of the same things I have struggled with? It will never be perfect but if you continue on a lifestyle change journey you will engineer an amazing transformation.
Let’s get together and talk about your story and the new future you want to build!
To your best health and potential,