Thursday, October 30, 2008

Weight Loss

I put up a post this morning and thought I should put it in here. Someone was asking about having a weight loss surgery done. They said that no matter how hard they tried they couldn't loose weight. So this is my response:

I am going to piss a lot of people off by saying this, but... I really hate it when people say that they "can't lose weight". I honestly don't think they are trying hard enough, or don't have the follow through. I used to be one of those people.

I don't know you and I don't know your story, but here is mine. I went from about 250 to 160 (I'm 5' 10"), size 24 to size 8, in less than a year and I did it through exercise and diet. I worked extremely hard to do it. I exercised 2 hours a day almost everyday and did tough cardio and weight training. I took aerobic classes several days week: I love step aerobics. I ran and ran and ran, miles every day. I didn't do what I consider to be "soft" exercises: no exercise bikes, no yoga, no water aerobics. I only did things that engaged my entire body and were cardio or strength training oriented. I never paid attention to the "Fat Burner" speed on the equipment, I just went as fast, hard, and long as I could. I would drip with sweat. I had an embarrassingly red face. I got out of bed and walked to the gym in a foot of snow. It was hard.

As for diet: I ate a good breakfast and lunch and usually skipped dinner. No soda. I'm also a vegetarian so it's not like I was doing atkins or something. I actually am a big believer in the subway diet as long as you use common sense with it.

My life was great and I was finally the skinny girl I knew I was inside. Then, it all changed. I got mono and was laid up for a long time. After getting over it, I had lost all my muscle mass. I was still tired all the time. I tried the lower impact to keep trim: walking, pilates. [I even used a personal trainer for a few months.] I kept working on it for a year, but I lost and the weight came back. I'm 240 again and mad at myself. I don't even try much anymore.

But what I have learned from this is that there are no shortcuts, and it probably is harder for women with PCOS. I mean, my god, I had to drip sweat for 2 hours a day, everyday. That is extremely difficult.

I'm not telling you not to get the surgery. I'm sure you have thought long and hard about it. But what I am saying is that you are going to have to work as hard as you ever had (or harder) to make this work in the long term for you. Don't give up, don't say "I can't".

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