thanks for the comment on my blog, that last visit to the surgeon was well over a year ago, sept 2012, and i walked out of there filled with anger, over her telling me, lap band wont work for me i NEED gastric bypass, and also, I walked out of there determined to show her and the world., and i did, i walked and i worked out and i ate healthy and i lost 70 pounds, without her help or any magic miracles, just hard work. thanks again, and i was just having the conversation with my brother sat night, about the very thing you said, surgery is just a physical intervention, it does nothing to change the goals of the person, it does not keep them from being a food addict, or from abusing food or abusing themselves, even the ones who go thru extreme counseling. i have many friends who have had these surgeries and not one single one of them, NOT EVEN ONE, has gone more than 2 years without gaining part of the weight back, having to have bowel, or espogeal surgery, or kidney problems, etc. not for me, i would rather learn how to eat healthy, learn how to exercise and learn how to deal with my own addictions and live with them, maybe i will never lose all the weight, but i bet i will be alot healthier, thanks again.
I tried the peanut butter soft serve and it was OK. I'm just not a fan of ice cream or smoothies in general. But yea, crappy jobs will do that. I was 135 then gained weight because I was poor and unemployed out of college. Then got a job as a cashier at a discount clothing store. Gained 20 lbs. Then got a job in my field but crappy pay still and gained another 30 lbs in stress. Then I quit when I got my current job's offer and never looked back.
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on my blog!! I just have to repeat something you wrote there, that I absolutely love:
"My doctor telling me I was obese didn't help. The weight watchers thing didn't help (although it might now!) Not fitting into any pants didn't help. People calling me "Fatty" didn't help.
In the end I had to decide that I was tired of what seemed like an endless yo yo. And it was up to me to find a REAL solution."
THIS!! This is so beautiful - it was my experience too!! Yes, I had a health crisis - but it was *ME* that decided, "I NEED to do this for myself!! I am worth the money for MediFast, I don't like where I am right now, I need to take a chance and try to be healthier." And when your head is in the game, it's not so hard. (Still a bit hard - hey, there is food temptation EVERYWHERE!!)
And yes, it doesn't matter the price - a crack addict will pay whatever to get his/her next high, as will a shopaholic or an alcoholic or whatever. An addiction is an addiction.
Thank you again for your wonderful story!! I am so happy that MF has worked so well and CONGRATS on being so close to a healthy BMI!!