Are you struggling with losing weight? Elizabeth Ann Thompson spilled her secrets to weight loss in her recent blog post in the Huffington Post.
“I was probably at my all-time high weight,” Thompson admitted to the Post. “I don’t know exactly how much I weighed, since I stopped weighing when I reached 389 pounds. I am positive I weighed more than 400 pounds, but didn’t want to know exactly how much over 400 pounds.
“Currently, I weigh 180 pounds. People ask me the secret of my weight loss. I first acknowledge that I had gastric bypass surgery at the Stanford Medical Center in August of 2012. My surgeon created a small pouch at the top of [my] stomach and most of the food I ate was bypassed and sent straight to my small intestine. The pouch is the size of a walnut and can only hold an ounce of food.
“Folks often confuse the various weight loss surgeries with each other and with liposuction. Some folks think having surgery to help you lose weight is cheating or taking the easy way out. For me, at nearly six decades, it was about being healthy. And as Al Roker says, anyone can eat their way out of a gastric bypass. Nothing is permanent. Everything takes work and discipline.”
“I walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day,” Thompson explained to the Post. “I keep track via my Fitbit device. I have rocked them all, currently wearing a violet Fitbit Flex. I usually start out with at least a 15-minute walk before my day starts.”
“I don’t count calories, but I don’t eat the same way I did when I weighed over 400 pounds,” Thompson told the Post. “I have taken to heart the adage of the definition of crazy: Doing the exact same thing and expecting a different result. I eat small portions of food high in protein every few hours.”
“I do eat refined sugar, but not in the quantities I used to,” Thompson commented to the Post. “I have a pint of ice cream that has been in my refrigerator for more than one year, for example.”
“I weigh daily,” Thompson told the Post. “I gave myself a 10-pound cushion for the weight loss and I am below my goal, but as I see myself gaining weight, I step up my fitness game.”
“I belong to two gyms, one near my office and one near my home, a national one that I can use when I travel,” Thompson explained to the Post. “If a gym is not available to me, that’s not an excuse; I walk outside or inside [if] the weather doesn’t permit.”
“I read a summary of The Four Agreements several times a day,” Thompson told the Post. “For my fitness goals, the most important is the last agreement: ‘Always do your best.’ Sometimes, my best falls short of 10K steps a day, but it is still my best and I don’t beat up on myself because I haven’t done my 10K steps.”
“I listen to inspirational music,” Thompson spilled to the Post. “It puts me in a better mood and helps me walk more.”
“I drink lots of [water],” Thompson told the Post. “Any other drink is not as healthy and has empty calories usually.”
In addition to gastric bypass, Thompson used these secrets to lose weight and maintain her weight loss.
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