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200+ lbs Lost & Why I Chose Not To Have Weight Loss Surgery

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Many people are surprised, but most of what REALLY helps you lose weight is in your head. That’s why many times, weight loss attempts and surgeries fail. We don’t change our thinking. I think, personally, that realizing it was more head work than just a diet was crucial for me. It came to me when I had applied and got accepted for weight loss surgery. I was listening to the people in the pre surgery classes, where the post surgery people talked... they were all still wanting to eat when they were not hungry, when they were emotional, when things just tasted good, past the point of fullness. It made me think... “Why would I have my stomach cut open to feel how I already feel?” There must be something wrong with my thinking. So I set out to fix my thinking in 2006. Here it is 2017 and I’ve maintained a 200 pound plus loss. I am not against weight loss surgery. It saves lives. I just think some people don’t work at making the lifestyle changes necessary to really take advantage of this tool. Lifestyle change starts in your head, not on your fork. It’s stomach surgery, not brain surgery and therefore it could not help me, an emotional, compulsive over eater. Only changing my thinking, the way I deal with my emotions and creating my own mental makeover could achieve what I needed. So, if you are on the fence, at the end of your wits, thinking you’re hopeless, have physical disabilities and thyroid problems... join me in starting to think about things differently. Get counseling, get a coach, read books that talk about positivity and self worth... Start there and keep Sparking!
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