A question from Facebook

Lisa wrote:

“I like that saying. Will be using it on my weight loss journey as a mantra. Also, can you tell us about setbacks, if any, that you had? I’d love to hear how you overcame them. I just started following you, so I may have missed a post about that.”

I have been fortunate.  My weight loss trajectory is below.  I’ve been stable for a year and a half now.  I continue to eat the same way I did when losing weight. I don’t “cheat.”  I don’t go hungry.  I grocery shop.  I cook.  I prepare healthy foods in advance.  I travel with my food.  I eat the same breakfast every day.  I don’t eat food to please other people.

The blip you see in the weight there is “water” weight after an appendix operation.  I had to stop doing resistance training for 6 weeks after the operation, so I instead spent more time on the treadmill and significantly improved my performance there.

Two months ago, I experienced a tremendous amount of neck pain.  I’ve had 2 operations for herniated discs in my neck.  These and other health problems (and breaking a chair in a crowded restaurant!) helped to motivate me.  But with the severe pain, I didn’t do much exercise for a month.  After seeing my neurosurgeon and getting an MRI that showed no new damage, I am getting back on track with exercise.  Consistency over time, I believe, is more important than a “no pain, no gain” philosophy.

I believe that exercise is important, but that food choices are 2/3 of the battle in losing weight.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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