Like most people I did not gain weight overnight, but losing it was more difficult than gaining it. I tried lots of diets and exercise programs. Had personal trainers, tried low fat, low calorie diets. Diets so low in calories that you were not allowed to exercise while on them.
Diets and Exercise programs were ok to look at but there were some things I had a block on and refused to look at.
That is what stopped me from losing weight. Doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result means failure. I needed to look at other tools.
Diet and exercise are two tools that are looked at and used by people. Are they permanent? Does everyone who goes on them lose weight and keep it off? No.
Tools are there to help us and the more tools we use the more permanent the weight loss and the easier it is.
So what made me change? Why did I look at other tools?
I was at the end of my rope, unhappy and desperate to live my life not just exist. Work had become my life.
Talking to a normal weight person who had successfully lost weight 7 years before and had kept it off was what set me on my new path. She had an active life doing activities I had always wanted to do and was happy.
In order to have the same happen to me, I needed to change my thoughts and opinions. Changing how I thought was very difficult.
I did research, searching the internet for information about weight loss surgery. Was it an easy option? How many people did it fail on? How long did it take to lose the weight?
I was sure that there was something wrong with me and that if I had weight loss surgery that I would not lose the weight and I would be the percentage that failed.
But what were my options? Stay large and be unhappy, existing rather than living or I could take a chance and maybe succeed.
Live my life!
I took a chance and changed my life, but weight loss surgery was not the only tool I used. More about that next week.