Since I started my weight loss journey, I lost over 100 pounds.
I have noticed that my tolerance for cold weather has greatly reduced. I lost a lot of body fat which once insulated by body, so I understand why this is happening.
I hope I will eventually adjust to colder temperatures, and not feel like I am freezing all the time.
I enjoy watching YouTube videos on the Fat Meets Fire channel, which is produced by Ben Landers. I love how he explains will power and gives tips on how to improve your will power. It’s not as difficult or mysterious as we tend to make it.
When I started my weight loss journey I was participating in 5k races. I usually came in last, but I kept trying and was determined to improve.
Finally, I was able to get weight loss surgery. I was excited, because I would be able to lose weight faster and increase my odds of winning in my category (females aged 45-49).
Unfortunately, I injured my knee. The meniscus was torn in two places, the kneecap was damaged, and there were other issues. I had surgery to repair the damage and was hoping for a full recovery.
However, the doctor said I shouldn’t run or do any high-impact activities on a regular basis. My knee will always be sensitive and prone to injury.
I was depressed by this whole situation, until I discovered virtual 5k’s. Basically, you register for the event online and complete the run on your own. It can be done outdoors, on a treadmill, or even on an elliptical.
The elliptical is low impact and will not damage my knee, so this is great for me. You can even get cool prizes for every event you complete.
Once again, I am excited to have something in which I can participate, get prizes, and feel proud of achieving.
Kristin Lloyd is a social worker that struggled with her weight, so she had bariatric surgery. She now offers counseling to others who are going through the surgery process.
She is relatable and her vast experience makes her a great candidate to teach others about bariatric surgery. In her book, she shares her personal experiences, advice on how to succeed, and warnings about common pitfalls.
My favorite quote from the book is, “Having weight loss surgery is the first step in breaking out of the victim cycle, because this means you are acting and doing something to take back control over yourself and your life.”
Pennie Nicola had gastric sleeve surgery and wrote this book to help others who are considering the surgery or who have recently had the surgery. Her book is full of useful advice on how to decide if the surgery is right for you, picking a surgeon, and on how to succeed after the surgery.
She sums up her book with seven rules for the sleeved life.
- East less than full capacity
- Never eat and drink at the same time
- Exercise 4-6 times a week
- Keep carbs low
- Eat protein first
- Drink a lot of water
- Allow 20-30 minutes for a meal
Jill Angie is “not your average runner.” In her book she shares her personal failures and triumphs as a runner. She also gives advice on how to get started, training for beginners, and running gear.
This book is entertaining, easy to read, and inspirational. I recommend it to anyone that wants to start a new exercise program, but feels embarrassed by their current weight.