Changing of Habits
In my early 30's, one of my Dr's decided to make a deal with me. She said loose 100 pounds and I'll ask the insurance to pay for a breast reduction (no lie, I was 300 pounds, with a 44G bra size).
Of course, I had to think about it, seems like too much worse, but she was correct. I really hated my chest, got in the way of doing everything, and I spend most of my time at home because of it. I also got a lot of not-so-appropriate comments of the streets.
One of the ladies at work, also with a weight problem, went with me and we joined the gym together. We started the workout program that very same night. I had eaten a King size Snickers bar (500+ calories) along with a bunch of other things I shouldn't have. I decided the best approach, since I didn't have a trainer was to work off the candy. As you can see I didn't know much about dieting then. I had tried before, but each attempt was really just half-a**ed if you know what I mean.
At 300 pounds, and your first work out, you can really only do the bike. I was on that thing for hours. Who would have thought you had to work that hard to compensate for the eating of the giant snickers. I've not had a king size anything since. Come to think of it, I hate Snickers!
I lost quite a bit, and then it stopped. I still had to lean how to eat properly, so I took a class at the local community college (well worth the 30 bucks - and I got an A). Weight loss continued an as the Dr promised at my 100 pound goal. I got my breast reduction. Really nice plastic surgeon, and he encouraged me to continue.
So, I'm now down to 145 and holding. I can get smaller, I did a few years ago get down to 130's but started passing out. Seems even though the BMI charts think I should be 105 they are wrong. I've had a second surgery (tummy tuck) and would like to have a bit more work done... but I'm 40. Perhaps I shouldn't bother.
This is my story, there is no need for stomach stapling or bypasses, only determination and the knowledge of nutrition. My blood pressure, blood work etc are all perfect now. I walk up mountains (hiking) bike for up to 40 miles at a time, and I'm really busy making up for all that lost time.
For those who are just beginning to diet - instead of setting a weight goal - make your goal health and a long exciting life. If you need help... ask I'm always more than willing to give advice - but know this. I won't BS you. It's very hard work.