Many factors shape the success of maintaining a healthy weight. Diet and exercise top the list of things you should do to lose weight. It’s no coincidence that in a few weeks losing weight and exercising more will be on most New Year resolution lists. Reducing portion sizes and avoiding unhealthy foods while exercising more goes a long way in defining success in maintaining a…
I was a skinny guy in my early 20s; 150 pounds and a 32” waist. That was the vision I wanted to recapture in 2008 as I embarked on my weight loss journey. I was 280 pounds with a 46” waist. Six years later I am 180 pounds with a 35” waist.
I recently read that over 1 million selfies are posted daily. I am a fan of the selfie. I take quite a few and like seeing the parade of photos in my Facebook timeline. It’s impossible for me to see all of my Facebook friends in person. These snippets of their lives keep me up-to-date with their lives.
I have spent a good bit of time over the past six years in the bariatric surgery support network. There is a recognizable pattern in the WLS support networks. The typical person engages in the conversation for a year or so as a post-op. Life moves on, the pounds have been shed, and support is seen as not a necessity.
I have been blogging about weight loss surgery and healthy living for the past six years. I have noticed a distinct pattern, more of a personal focus, in those posts. They take on a positive, upbeat tone. I tend challenge people to live a happier life. I personally made changes in my life that did transform how I live.
Before and after pics are not my things. Don’t get me wrong. I have shared a few over the years. They tell a story without uttering a single word. These photos are pretty common in weight loss surgery circles where they offer support and encouragement to the person and the bariatric community.
“Be part of the change you want to see” nicely sums how I look at a person’s responsibility in changing the course of their life. That change begins and ends within each of us. Many external challenges and factors also come into play along that path, but we control the direction and the final outcome of change.
I have been a member of the weight loss surgery community for the past six years. I am a believer in the power of support networks. That is why I continue to attend local bariatric support group meetings and participate in online communities. This thought process extends to my work and personal life. I always put myself 110% into work efforts, social organizations and causes…