I just finished talking with an old friend whom I ran into a month ago. She said she’d been inspired by my weight loss, and had been walking 5-6 times a week. She complained that she’d “only” lost 4-5 lbs since then.

I congratulated her! I asked her if her clothes fit better, and she said, “yes, the jeans I bought a month ago are a size too big now… I’m going to put them in the dryer to try to shrink them.” That sounds like success to me. The key is to be consistent and maintain.

For many years, I would despair going to the beach in summer. I always went, because I love the beach, but dreaded showing my weight. Now, I have something to look forward to.

Try to focus on beach 2010 but also 2011… A long-term perspective is key. In the short term rejoice in the small advances – they add up over time.

Be the tortoise, not the hare!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See 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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