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Thank You For Your Support

 

For those of you who have read my book, “Who Is This Guy”, and took the time to write a review for Amazon, my heartfelt thanks for your support.  Every review that was posted on Amazon included positive comments and encouragement for continued success in my journey.  You can’t imagine how important positive feedback is from time to time, especially when the journey is really a life-long endeavor.

 

 

As I said in my previous blog, I have managed to maintain my weight at 190 pounds despite having to curtail my exercise program to probably half of what it once was.  I think about the “whys” of being able to stay on track, when once that was such a struggle.  Is the weather a factor?  After all, who can think about overeating when it’s so hot and humid outside.  But, of course, that never stopped me in the old days. 

 

 

I tell myself that I deserve some of the credit for maintaining my weight simply because I have been diligent in staying with my plan.  I continue to keep track of what I eat and how I exercise.  I continue to get help with the underlying issues, which is just as important as eating a healthy diet.  And I am also focused on how much better I feel when I am living a healthy lifestyle.

 

Let’s see where this goes?  I do know that I am determined to stay focused and positive.

 

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Keeping it Together

 

Coming up on the one year mark of my last knee surgery, August 26th, to be exact, and I am still maintaining my weight at 190 pounds.

 

If someone were to ask me how I am accomplishing this monumental task, I would throw up my hands and say, “I have no idea”.

 

I am going through a stressful time right now, probably one of the most stressful periods of my life.  I would call it a sustained stress, meaning not event specific, but a stress that is a daily part of your life until such time as you can make changes and work it out.  I am thankful for the  emotional support I get at home, however, I am the person ultimately responsible for getting things back on track with my business.  Historically, I turn to food for comfort.  I also use the gym as a stress reliever.  I am working out most days, however, I am not able to work out at the level of intensity that I am used to because I am still dealing with knee pain.  Also, as I mentioned in my last blog, I am being cautioned not to use my right knee because of complications from the surgery.  Talk about stress, I may be looking at a third surgery on my knee.  The reality of it is that I may never be able to exercise again the way I used to if they are not able to get my knee functioning as it should.

 

Because of the possibility of being on a limited exercise program, possibly for the rest of my life, you can imagine how important it is, now more than ever, to be diligent about my eating habits.  I still keep a daily record of what I eat and the amount of calories I consume each day.  And that continues to be a big part of my road to success.    

 

I am not completely sure why I am continuing to do well in maintaining my weight through all the stress I’m currently going through, but my strategy and my focus remain the same. . . just take it one day at a time, eating clean, exercising and thinking positively.

 

I would appreciate your feedback and your suggestions about how you have dealt with the issue of healthy eating when you are stressed.    

 

 

 

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Dodging A Bullet

 

It’s been a while since my last blog.  The long, slow comeback from a second knee replacement surgery on my right knee has taken a lot longer to heal than anticipated.  In fact, it’s been nearly ten months.  I mention this fact because those who have followed my previous blogs, know that I tend to focus on exercising in order to keep my weight in check and also as a substitute for my unhealthy eating habits when I am not focused on eating “clean”.  Well, the level of exercising that I normally pursue has not been possible for the past 10 months because of complications in my recovery and I have to say, I’ve been very concerned about gaining back the weight I’ve lost without the benefit of my usual exercise routine. 

I’m not quite sure yet how I’ve managed to avoid this dilemma of being somewhat sedentary and, so far, not gaining weight, but I currently weigh 190 lbs. without the benefit of exercising at the level I’m used to.  I still go to the gym, but not as often.  I am not able to do cardio at all so my workouts are less intense.   I am struggling with staying focused on eating right and I’m worried that eventually the lack of exercise and the struggle to eat “clean” might catch up with me.  I think that being aware of the possibility of heading down that road is half the battle because a big part in the success of the program is self awareness and a dedication to honesty.

I’ll keep you posted as my struggle continues and I’ll let you know how I’m managing my issues.   Meanwhile, if you’ve experienced this type of problem, let me know how you’ve dealt with it . . . I’m always open to suggestions.

 

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The Book is Published

 

Well, my book was finally published this month and I know some of you have already read it.  It means a great deal to me to read your positive comments and remarks showing your support.  More importantly, so many people wrote to say that they shared those same feelings that I described in the book as I fought the battle to gain control and that they could totally relate to what I was going through.  It is my hope that they will take that message and pursue their own journey to better health.

 

The past few weeks have been exciting.  Some of you may have seen my interview on Face Book with People.com.  I’ve also just finished an interview with The LA Health Examiner which is a radio station in Los Angeles and have a couple more interviews coming up soon.  I have gotten so many compliments, not only on the book, but on my appearance at my current weight of 185 lbs.  And at the same time, so many people are reaching out to me asking for help or just wanting to compare stories.  I truly feel for all of these people because I do, indeed, know what they are going through.  

 

One of the reasons why the book took almost five years to finish is because I was reluctant to acknowledge what Dr. Forse kept calling my underlying issues.  He would, very tactfully, approach me from time to time suggesting that the book, in fact, could not be successfully completed without that final piece of the puzzle.  I thought I was just a unique kind of a guy who was wired differently than everyone else.  When I finally admitted, even to myself, that okay, maybe I did have a few issues to deal with, I decided to get help.  Only then could I begin to understand why it was so important to face the issues head on.  I could finally see, for the first time, that without facing those issues, I would continue to go on diet after diet without success and at the same time increase the possibility of going back to square one with my weight, which I never, ever want to do again.  I am very thankful that I had such a caring doctor who worked with me to get me to see how important the underlying issues really are.

 

I hope you will read the book and let me know what you think about it.  It is available on Amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.com.  Your comments are important to me.    

 

 

 

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Understanding the Medical, Social and Psychological Impacts to Obesity

 

The medical impact on your body when you are obese is extraordinary.  You are at extremely high risk for serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and certain types of cancer to name a few.  At best, your quality of life will suffer because of these diseases, at worst, they can cause death.

 

Social impacts to obesity are just as devastating.  I speak from personal experience when I tell you that it is most certainly humiliating to go to a movie theater and not be able to sit in the seat to watch the show.  I still remember having to stand in the back of the theater because I couldn’t fit into the seat.  Another experience that caused me emotional pain was going to a restaurant and having to ask for a chair without arms and pray that it was strong enough to hold me.  Airplane travel was also a nightmare.  I always felt embarrassed by infringing on the space of the passenger sitting next to me.  The feelings that you are forced to deal with play havoc with your self-esteem and your self-worth.  It creates anxiety which ultimately leads to depression.

 

The emotional or psychological impact to obesity is very much linked to the social impact.  When you are constantly fighting depression and anxiety, you have no desire to go anywhere and you have no energy to do anything.  In my new book, “Who Is This Guy?” I address all these issues and share the events that brought me to Dr. Forse for help, which ultimately led to my success.  I found out the hard way, you can’t do it alone and you can’t even begin to hope for success unless you deal with the big picture.  In my next blog, I’ll share some information from my book that might be helpful.  If you are interested in reading it, it is available on Amazon.com. 

 

I hope you’ll share your experiences with me and let me know how you deal with them.  Maybe I can help point you in the right direction.        

 

 

 

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