Friday, February 15, 2013

The Newest Challenge

By GR Holton

I sit here at my computer wondering what to write about. I have read all the positive additions to the Geezers and Gals site and I love them all. The problem is that since I turned 50 I have been facing the mortality of my life. I sat with my many pill bottles on my desk and it seemed every time I turned around something else was going wrong. I am 5’10” and was 295 pounds, have COPD, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, a two pack a day Smoker, Bad Knees, a Bad Back and a few other issues.

BUT a few months ago I was forced to really look at where I was heading. My doctor told me straight out  that if I wanted to see my three beautiful granddaughters get married that changes had to be made… and right away. So I decided that he was right instead of fighting with him. I have so far quit smoking, changed my diet, and have tried to get a bit of exercise (hard to do with my back and knees).

I am now down to 270 pounds and already starting to feel better. I can now walk a little more than I used too without being completely out of breath. Since I quit smoking I don’t have to wear the darn CPAT machine when I sleep and my breathing is improving slowly.  I had my cholesterol screening and I have made great strides in lowering it and my blood pressure too. I have also gotten rid of three medications and am feeling better.

Some may think this was just a whining session. No, I want some that read this that are in bad health to know that they too, no matter how bad you are feeling, can make changes in your life. Maybe you are overweight or a heavy smoker. It is never too late to change and add a few more years to your life.
I am going to keep plugging away and most of all I will keep praying. God is good and he keeps me going.

About GR Holton

On a warm summer morning in 1962, G. R. Holton was born in a small town in Massachusetts and is the second eldest in a family of eight children. He is happily married and living in eastern Tennessee. He has two daughters, a son, a step-daughter and a step-son and is also the proud grandfather of four beautiful girls.
 G. R. took an interest in computer games to pass the time, and then one day he made a friend on one of those online games with chat that turned out to be a screenwriter and movie director. They became great friends and after a few weeks of talking, he met her husband online and hit it off quickly. He gave him a couple of his screenplays to read and he was hooked. He knew at that point he wanted to try writing.
One night, after days of not being able to come up with a story to write, he had a dream of three teens on another planet and in a cave. This was it; he knew what had to be done. He sat down at the computer and over the course of three months he had written his first book, “Soleri”. He knew he couldn’t stop there, so he continued writing and “Guardians Alliance” was born. He has also published a children’s picture book called, “Squazles” about not judging others and did the book design for Cameron Titus’s “A to Z book: A Habitat for Humanity Project”. His latest, “Deep Screams”, is a science fiction/horror/paranormal thriller that has become the Books and’s Best Science Fiction for 2011. G. R. has also won The Author’s Shows “50 Best Writers You Should be Reading for 2011”. All of G. R. Holton’s work can be found at all the internet book sale sites or on his website at His latest release is called, “Dragon’s Bow” a tale of sister vs sister and good vs evil.


Claude Nougat said...

Congrats, it looks like you're winning your newest challenge! So that your grand daughters when they grow up may read all your books and many more!

Marilyn said...

G.R. When we're given a gift we're meant to use it. Regaining your health will give you many more years to use your gift of writing. Congrats to you. You're on a difficult road back to health, but well worth the journey.

God bless.

................................ Kevin Parsons said...

That looks like a positive post to me! Glad to see you turning it around. Keep fighting the good fight!

Donna B said...

Wow to it all! Congratulations on the life changes, may God bless you as you follow His guidance. And your writing path sounds phenomenal - keep at it!

Wayne Zurl said...

Congratulations, Bob. Hang in there. The rest is easier.

TNeal said...

Well done, GR. I lost weight a few years ago and the health benefits multiplied with each pound lost--slept better, dropped a medication, more energy, etc. You've got a great target to aim for--being present for your granddaughters' weddings.

Are you a good mother? said...

I don't know you... but I am so proud of you for the task you have undertaken. God will be with you and will continue to bless you with talents you didn't know you had. Keep up the good work.
Annette Bergman

Linda Lange said...

Good luck to you, GR. I can relate. A few years ago, I lost 50 pounds and got my Type 2 diabetes under control without medication. Medical people tell me I'm the exception rather than the rule. Can't figure out why since there's so much to lose when you don't make the changes.