Diets and exercise don’t work – for me!

In past posts I’ve talked about diets and exercise, of committing myself to successful application of both, and of doing what’s necessary to extend my life beyond my wife’s timeline – for her sake. I promised her I’d outlive her but I’m not doing much to make that promise a reality.

I’m here to tell you today that any form of diet have not worked. I’ve done Nutri-System, Weight Watchers, Paleo, Dash, low carb, high carb, Atkins, you name it. I’ve increased my activity level, but not yet to the degree I could say I’m “working out,” each day.  Why not? I’ve got excuses aplenty. Here, pick one:

  1. No time
  2. Too busy with work and family obligations
  3. I’m unmotivated.
  4. None of the above, and/or All of the above.

Realistically I’ve come to realize two key facts that lead to my obesity: 1) I love food, and 2) I love more food. When I was young, age 7 to 12, I was an eating machine! I was certain that I was not “full” until my stomach hurt. So I ate until I felt it. From 13 to 21 I was eating to gain and maintain weight to play football on the highest competitive levels. I was so good at eating I could coach others on the tricks for maximizing their personal caloric intake. Yes, this is not good…

Maybe you think I was just lazy — too lazy to work out, to lazy to turn off the television and get moving. Not true! I do both very well. Exercise has just become an excuse to eat more. The more activity I engage in, the larger meal I can afford to eat.

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I haven’t gained or lost a pound in almost eight months. Plateau city. Rock steady. Flat-line. So my options have narrowed to one of three choices of gastric-bypass surgery:

  • Restrictive – Reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold but doesn’t interfere with normal digestion of food and nutrients.
  • Malabsorptive – Shortens the digestive tract to limit the number of calories and nutrients that can be absorbed.
  • Combination – Restricts the amount of food the stomach can hold and reduces the number of calories absorbed by altering the digestive tract.

My choice is a combination procedure called Roux en-y. Beyond the benefits of losing approximately 60% of my excess weight in the first year, the other health benefits are beyond reproach:

  • Resolution of type 2 diabetes in 83.8% of patients often within days of surgery.
  • Resolution of high blood pressure in 75.4% of patients.
  • Improved cholesterol levels in 95% of patients with high cholesterol.

This is what I know at this point.  I’ve just begun the process leading up to the procedure and will continue to update my blog here as I have experiences to relay.

Until next time…Keep It Relevant!

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