This past week has been an interesting one. I once again only got to work out once with my trainer, Kevin Gallagher of Anytime Fitness, because of conflicting schedules. But as for weight loss, it has been a good one.
It got interesting a few days ago, though, when I went out to eat. Someone at the restaurant recognized me and congratulated me on my weight loss and then proceeded to tell me that their spouse had lost 40 pounds in 40 days. Right then I thought to myself, the HCG diet. And I was right. That's exactly what that person is on.
You know, through this process, I've come to realize there is no "quick fix" for losing weight. It's a process that takes time and you really need to learn from it. Had I dropped 40 pounds in my first 40 days, I know 110 percent that I would gain it all back and then some because all I would of learned was how to take some "quick fix" medicine.
I'm proud of the steps I've taken to become a healthier me and the people who have helped me get there.
I have done this the "healthy" way. No pills, shots or surgeries. Just hard work and dedication. Sure, I've had my moments of wanting to quit, but you have to think to yourself about what's more important. Fighting through the down times? Or just plain giving up?
About five years ago, I went to see my family physician for a physical. When he saw how much I weighed, he immediately he suggested the gastric bypass surgery. I was so happy when he told me that because I was like, "I can get this surgery done and be thin the rest of my life!"
Looking back, I'm so glad I didn't do it. But it's a shame that never once did my doctor suggest a diet or plan to try to get me to lose some weight. Surgery is not the answer. It just takes a lot of hard work. Trust me, I know it's hard. I'm trying to raise a family, work and save my own life.
It's definitely not easy, but I'm so proud of myself and what I've accomplished. And at the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror and say "Look at what I've done."