Front page of this morning’s paper highlights how many that undergo gastric bypass surgery, end up lighter in weight, but with a new and different monkey on their backs. This is not news, and sadly it happens more often than we know. Since many become obese because of emotional issues, when you take away their ability to eat through their pain, they turn to drinking and/or drugs. This is just one of the many reasons that I think surgery should be the very last resort for weight loss, even when one has an extraordinary amount to lose. We have to change our brains before we can change our bodies. If you instead, change your body without changing your brain, you risk the great possibility of failure.
I am so proud of those of you who have written, or let me know that you are making change happen in your own bodies and brains. Making changes to your exercise program, cleaning off those old “clothes hangers” we call treadmills…dusting off your sneakers…finding a new workout, or revisiting an old one that you loved…all positive steps to a smaller, new and improved YOU. I am always excited to learn that someone has taken that first step to better health and fitness. I hope that you will continue to share your progress, step by step, inch by inch, pound by pound. Have any questions, please ask. If I can’t help, maybe someone reading, can.
The wheel never be invented again. Tried and true methods have helped millions of people lose millions of pounds. Just yesterday, the newspaper ran a story about Jean Nidetch, the founder of Weight Watchers, who now, coincidentally lives just a few miles away from me, and is still going strong (and lean) at 87, has always believed that writing everything you eat down in a food journal, accepting that weight management is a lifelong quest and receiving encouragement from others, are all important keys to longtime success. Even back in the 60s she was recommending people eat breakfast and lots more fruits and vegetables. Somethings just never change.
Eat more vegetables and fruits and get moving! Calories in, calories out. It’s as simple as that. As Nidetch says, waving around an imaginary FORK… “We ourselves hold the instrument that makes us fat.”