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A SLOW PROCESS

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.

Jesus first

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  • PHILLIPS661
    I feel so bad...going back to eating unhealthy..for those yrs..but I can't look back now I have so much to learn and gain from looking forward...and I do look forward to seeing you in Heaven...rico emoticon
    2083 days ago
  • PHILLIPS66
    I love it Carol...you are so right..you and me and all the other SP...are loosing wt. maybe slowly at times but the right way, the healthy way...I hope you never go back and I never go back to eating unhealthy...I don't want to feel that way..to look that way and to beat myself up daily for not exercising and overeating...my God wants me to be happy and I can't doing those harmful things to my body...I'm so lucky to have found a like minded person like you that get's me and I can be myself with...thank you God,,,thank you Carol..you are awsome...keep on keeping on..With God all things are possible..all things are within our grasps...love you in Christ..Rico emoticon
    4069 days ago
  • TERESAJOY56
    Great words of wisdom. Also God's way. Thank you.
    4075 days ago
  • GLITTERGIRL69

    I am so sorry about your brother, I had no idea. I remember you said that your brother was going to have that surgery, but I didn't know when. You know I wrote a blog titled one year ago..... it is the third one from the top blog. Will you read it. I don't talk a lot about my progress because a lot of it has to do with the under lining things, or elements to lose weight. I am very proud of you! We all need to make a lifestyle change better it will come off and stay off. It is a good message to share. emoticon
    4084 days ago
  • 14JESUSGIRL
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us, Carol! It is definitely a slow process. As Joyce says, "I'm not where I need to be, but thank God I'm not where I use to be." I try to think of this ever time I get impatient.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Love you,
    Lee
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    4088 days ago
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  • ELMOBABY
    What a fantastic blog!!! You are so right on the slow process. My husband had the surgery, yes, he lost weight fast, but has to take all kinds of medicine, has to watch what he eats, how much, no sweets, to many "rules" for me to live like that the rest of my life. His was for medical reasons for a messed up knee, but he still is not any happier now than when he weighed 175 lbs. heavier. I will place my plan in the arms of my Lord and stay close to HIM to get the weight off. Thanks for the encouraging words. 100 lbs to go here I come.
    4089 days ago
  • 3CATSLEP
    You are absolutely right - it is slow - but the right way! That surgery sounds so scary. I've gone through plenty of real or should I say "needed" surgeries, but that one sounds too scary for me. I'm happier doing it the slow way. Way to go and thank you for your inspiration!
    4091 days ago
  • OWLWHO
    I, too, have been pondering the slowness of it all. And came to the same conclustion: what is important is that I learn how to live in a healthy way. If it it takes years, then so be it.

    Congrats on your weight loss so far! Keep it up!
    4091 days ago
  • GRACE612
    This is such a good blog! I just left a comment on the team page about how impatient I am. And then I read this. it's something that I need to overcome and something my hubby tells me too. I'm glad you chose to do this the healthy way. You are right,there is nothing wrong with the bypass surgery, but in the end it really doesn't "teach" you anything. Case in point if you watch the Biggest Loser. One of the contestants had it, ended up gaining the weight back and then some, went on the show and learned to lose it the right way. Thanks for writing this! emoticon
    4091 days ago
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