Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Call it a diet call it a lifestyle change call it whatever you want it all still comes down to the same thing a Slow Process. Ive been losing weight now for the last 3yrs all on my own and I still have 50-60 more lbs to lose. I knew that when I started this that having to lose almost 300lbs would not happen over night. A lot of people suggested that I look into having the weight loss surgery and I did think about it but I thought no, I need to take control of myself I need to learn how to eat, I need to learn about fruits, vegetables, grains and etc. I took my time I had to learn to be patient with myself and that was and is not easy. I’ve had many set backs due to injuries knee problems and just the whole change of the way I was eating. I had to learn to be patient with my body patient with myself. When frustrations would come where I didn’t see a weight loss I had to keep telling myself it doesn’t matter as long as I stick to the plan of eating right and working out.
Now, don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with having the weight loss surgery. Last October my brother weighed at 450lbs and he decided to have the gastric bypass surgery. He is now down to 265lbs but he has had a lot of health issues that developed because of this surgery. Right after his surgery he developed shingles because his immune system was very low and he got sick a lot and he couldn’t eat anything. As he was adjusting to his new lifestyle change he then developed 2 huge ulcers that he is still being treated for. He had to learn that even though he had the surgery it was still a “Slow Process” maybe not as slow for myself but he still had to make changes in the way he ate and thought about food. The doctor also suggested that he start to work out to not rely on the surgery solely for his weight loss but that he had a major part in keeping the weight off. So as I’m watching my brothers very drastic and very fast weight loss it makes me glad that I didn’t have the surgery. I thought to myself if my brother would have just ate right and worked out like he has to do now he could have lost the weight. Maybe not as quickly but he still could have lost and maybe he wouldn’t of had to go through having shingles, ulcers, being sick all the time and taking a lot of medicine to make sure his body is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs.
So what does this leave me with it? It leaves me with even though this weight loss is a “Slow Process” no matter how you do it the body is so amazing its still going to do what it wants to do. So why not do it the healthy way why not do it through hard work discipline, determination and dedication to ones self. What’s the big hurry in getting the weight off?
Lets face it we sure weren’t in a hurry to put it on. Why not learn from what got us to being overweight in the first place to learning how to get the weight off and keeping it off. I’m happy for my brother and the weight he has lost but I have to be honest with you I’m glad I did it the way I did it. I know now that I will never be 400lbs ever again because I have taught myself patience, I have taught myself how to eat what to eat and when to eat. I have taken myself through a process that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I don’t need to rely on pills, and surgeries I know that I have it in me to do this all on my own. If I can lose over 200lbs I know that anyone who has to lose 20, 50, 60 or even 100lbs can lose it to. If we just take our time and use the “Slow Process” of losing weight to our advantage we will have a stronger healthier body for the rest of our lives.