My Journey – Part Five

Losing the 35 lbs that I needed to before I could have the surgery, proved to be quite challenging.

I have always been the type of person that takes everything on. I am a firm believer of “if you want it done right, do it yourself.” So, with a houseful of people; my husband Errol, my daughter Sam, and my three granddaughters, Aya, Aly, and Brookelynn, that makes for a lot of my “doing it myself.” Not to mention worrying about everything and everyone, and boy am I a worrier!

The behaviorist Devin explained to me that stress is one of the biggest deterrents of weight loss. If your body and mind feel that something is wrong, your body is going to hang onto, and store up, any and all nutrients that you give it. I tried to counter act that by eating even less. Guess what? If you don’t eat enough you won’t lose weight either! Again, your body will hang onto whatever you do give it, because it’s not getting enough.

Anyone who says “If you can quit smoking, you can lose weight,” never tried to do both. Quitting smoking, as hard as it was, is so much easier than losing weight. When you quit smoking, you just stop doing it. You don’t buy cigarettes anymore, you don’t have them in the house. You even avoid being around those who do smoke.

Try that when you’re trying to lose weight. You can’t stop buying food, you can’t have your house “food free.” You just can’t “stop eating.” You have to watch what you eat, how much you eat, even when you eat. How many people do you know were able to cut down on their smoking and maintain it? “I will only have two cigarettes a day. One at noon and one at 5 p.m.” Yeah, good luck with that!

It became a constant struggle for me to try to relinquish some of the responsibilities I had put on myself, to reduce my stress.

To be continued…

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