These days, it's like my arm or my leg. It's just another part of my body.
In fact, I think it might be my favorite part of my body. Besides my blue eyes.
In fact, my hopes and dreams have nothing at all to do with weight (I am not exactly sure what my hopes and dreams are but I know they have nothing to do with weight....).
It's a beautiful thing.
Weight is one less thing I have to worry about, think about, obsess over.....
But, that doesn't mean I don't miss those days when every New Year diet article gave me a little tingle of excitement and a
I've always been a diet junkie.....I love the thrill of weight loss promises!
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As we glide into a new year, diets and weight loss programs and exercise regimens and magic pills are all the rage. Every magazine cover is screaming something about weight. TV advertisements are either assaulting us with income tax commercials or weight loss promises---ugh. Just what a diet junkie like me loves! Yes, I read them all and even imagine myself doing them!
It's a sickness, really.
Not wanting to be fat is nothing new. It's BIG business.
And, I mean.....BIG. BUSINESS.
Income tax is a whole other story.....
I'll bet you that you could go into any store, any restaurant or any
bar little cafe and eavesdrop on a conversation among 2 or more women and 99.9% of them will mention the word diet or say something about weight. Go ahead, try this little experiment and let me know how it goes. Although I wasn't doing any heavy duty research, I always find this to be true. Even more so at this time of the year.
I'm not knocking any weight loss program.....I've done most of them that were available since 1974. So, who am I to judge? And, I certainly recognize that some people need programs or regimens or directions to help them with their challenges. And, some of us just like the thrill of new diets. But, if I have learned nothing else on my Lapband journey, I've learned that I just ate too much damn food. That is why I was obese. Sure, sure...there was the thyroid thing and the fat grandmother and the pregnancy weight and the busy schedule and all that other stuff--all of it very valid. But, in the end--what my Lapband did was stop me from eating all that food. That's how I lost the weight. Believe me, I didn't exercise all that much. My Lapband did not change my genetics or cancel out my fat grandmother or give me back a healthy thyroid. It just cut down my food intake. Too much food was my enemy. So, if you look at it that way--it all seems rather simple...right? Eat less=lose weight.
Hmmmm.....not so fast.
I know that stopping all the overeating is not as easy as just stopping it. Every body is different, every metabolism is different, everyone has different genetics and there's all kinds of different lifestyles. It's an entire combination of things that effect why you gain weight and how you lose it.
My Lapband happened to work for me. I think it's the best thing I ever did for myself. But, I don't think everyone should do it. Well, that's not true.......sometimes I do have to stop myself from shaking people until they come to their senses and get a Lapband.
Am I saying that everyone who is really serious about losing at least 100 pounds should do it?
But, geez, it's definitely worth thinking about.
Let me put it this way....if you are currently thinking about what diet you want to pick or weight loss promise you want to believe, take a few moments to consider the option that changed my life......Lapband surgery.
But, only if you want to.