I have loved all of your comments and facebook messages. You say that I am inspiring you too lose weight or go to the gym. What you don't know is how much you all inspire me! I simply wanted to share my story with you.
I didn't expect many readers and really didn't tell many people about the blog, but the more people I told the more people I knew were out there watching me and wanting to see if I succeeded or failed. That's a lot of pressure sometime. I have discovered that when I post a challenge to myself, like the half marathon or the new Gastric experiment, I want to succeed more because I know you all are reading and watching me around town. It is really hard to tell someone that you failed or quit. Trust me, I have had to eat crow a couple of times on here. When I just tried something without telling I was more likely to quit. So now I just tell you guys everything.
So if I may offer a little advice, take it or leave it, it would be this. If you are hoping to start a weight loss journey, tell SOMEONE, TELL ANYONE! Become accountable to someone else. You are not losing weight for them but that one person could help and offer support. Tell your mom, husband, friends. Don't just tell them you want to lose weight, tell them what you weigh and the goals you have set for yourself. Tell them what you are doing. For example when I told my family about the Gastric Bypass diet they were supportive beyond measure. When we would go to a restaurant they would tell the waitress I couldn't eat or help me explain to a table of friends why I didn't order dinner. They sent text messages asking how I was feeling and doing. This is the kind of support that anyone trying something new needs.
Give this person a weekly update, and don't lie if you gained. It happens to all of us. If you don't want to be that honest with some one you can email me and tell me what you weigh. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to tell me, great, and I will keep it my business.
So 5 weeks ago I told you all my weight. Well, lets go ahead and let the entire cat out of the bag. When I started this blog on April 11, 2008, I weighed in at 324 lbs. I'm not going to lie, it is really hard to admit that.
I was on this journey for nearly 2 years publicly and never told my actual weight. Once I put it online for the world to see, you better believe I wanted that number to go down. How embarrassing would it be to have that number stay the same or not fall and know that everyone who read know that I had failed.
So thank YOU for the great inspiration. I could not do this without you!