I'm stumped. I'm not so sure what is the answer to that question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I find an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you an answer..
Thanks, Teri. That brings up another interesting question in this mix. And that is, at what point in your life did obesity become a problem. Were you overweight as young child? At adolesence, teens or only in your adult years? I have always been overweight, even as a very young child..
Originally, I atttributed some this to my mother's habit of always making us eat everything on our plate. My mother was always thin as a rail. (Note: This is not 'blame' - in fact, my mother was one of the most loving, caring, intelligent and wise people I ever knew. I owe nearly all of my later success and happiness to her dedication and hard work as a parent). Now though, I no longer believe this was the case...
I LOVE FOOD! That and an underactive thyroid problem, not exercising, eating junk..
I was never really an emotional eater, I just love to eat..
I'm still working on getting my head in the mindset of eating to live rather than living to eat...
I remember being in third grade and sitting at the cafeteria table with my friends,.
About how much we weighed. In THIRD GRADE, mind you. I remember lying and saying I weighed 75 lbs. when in fact I weighed over 100. My weight increase was due to a lot of things: not enough.
(although I think I staved off a bigger weight gain with ballet and softball), eating crap because my family was so busy that we never really got to sit down for a nutritious dinner, and genetics. Now, I know I can't really do anything about genetics, but I've really bumped up my.
, and while I continue to struggle with eating, I know that my.
Will be a great and amazing tool for me to use. One week to go!!.
Great question Jerry. Damn... so many reasons really..
I was a larger child...not fat.. but bigger than all of the kids my age. Large frame and very tall. I never thought of myself as normal. Genetics is a strong component for me as my father and his father were big men and very tall (not fat) and the women on my moms side of the family all have the same body shape. (smaller on top and big hips and butt on the bottom) Of course...I inherited both..
I always felt like I was a large girl and was quite insecure. Then, in high.
, I lost a lot of weight (with the help of speed) and was the lowest weight I have ever been since. I got a lot of attention from boys and creepy men. I was not aware at the time that I was the one that had control of my body and that I did not have have to accept advances from said boys and men. I also did not feel like I was thin at any point. In fact always cried about how fat I was..
When I got married a few years later, I put on quite a bit of weight during my pregnancies. The weight came on easily and I never felt much different than I did when I was thin. I had always felt fat..so gaining the weight was not a big deal. Whenever I tried losing weight, my husband would accuse me of wanting to cheat on him. WTF!? We went through this cycle for years. 10 years later we divorced and so then I went through the cycle of stress and raising my sons on my own.
I have lost 70 pounds and regained 50 of it back. Did not like the unwanted attention from men. Since then, have reclaimed my self as a woman and know that my body belongs to me. I understand now that I need to honor and love this body and need to care for it..
I have been a vegan/vegetarian for 8 months and feel great. It has been good prep for my.
To come (March 18th) I know that I will have some stuff come up during this journey, but feel that I have better tools in dealing with it this time around. I will keep you posted. :).
To anyone who read this very long post...thanks!..
I was overweight all of my life. I believe that the obesity had many causes. My mother was my role model for over-eating and somehow I think I associate Medifast food with love. I also was not very active and have a slow metabolism. After GBS I find that as I follow the program it has become a habit. I realize that my portions were way too large before GBS and I ate way too fast.
In addition, I.
Much more than ever now and because my weight is down I am able to enjoy it more...
Your question hit home with things I have been dealing with personally for a few months now..
After my GBS I felt continually that I would fail. I was always afraid to eat or do anything cause I felt in my heart that I would fail. I have always felt that I was a failure at life itself..
I have dealt with depression for most of my adult life and some as a child but never to the extent as the past few months..
I decided to start seeing a therapist thinking maybe it would help but man was I not ready for what happened next..
I started seeing this lady and she would pose questions to me and sometimes I couldn t answer them so I would think for a week or two about them and one day I realized that my weight before.
Hid so many feelings and things in my life. Especially emotional things that I thought werent a problem..
I have started to realize that nobody is perfect and accepted that i'm never gonna be perfect. I have started taking new medication that has cleared the fog (so to speak) from my head and I know that I can do anything I want in my life..
I do believe that being over weight has many contributing factor i.e. genetics, environment, mental status, etc. I as a child was molested and until this day I have never realized what impact that has had on my life. I have always felt out of place within my family and now I realize it's ok to be different..
Sorry for the babble but I too have been trying to embrace who I am mentally and personally and the changes that GBS has brougt to me over the last 8 and a half months have be amazing...
I was always very skinny when I was younger. It was in my mid 20's that I started putting on weight..
When I got sick and couldn't work anymore.......................well...........then it went to severe depression and eating for any type of comfort I could get. Poof..........big old fat morbidly obese..
I think trying to cope with my illness, having so much difficulty doing so, feeling sorry for myself, and hating myself.........is what turned me towards Medifast food and self indulgence..
Glad I woke up and saw the light (GBS)...
I was a fat child from the beginning and continued that through adulthood. I went on my first Medifast diet at 10. I weighed 100 pounds. I have no idea what I weighed at high.
Graduation, but do know my lowest adult weight was 180 after a very traumatic episode in my life..
Got married in 1985 at 220 and managed to gain another 20 pounds in five years. I remember I got pregnant at 240 and was very proud that I only gained 22 pounds during pregnancy. Back to about 250 after baby. Then divorced first husband and went to 220. Wow I looked good! Gained it all back as the stress subsided. Started this journey at 269, weighed in this morning at 206..
Throughout all this, I didn't realize I was depressed, I just thought I cried all the time. Finally went on anti-depressants 1 1/2 years ago and boy it's nice to be in charge of my tears again! I can tell when I don't take them, I'll cry at a Hallmark commercial!.
Love all of you!.
There is no single cause of obesity - there are likely dozens if not hundreds. Thus no single solution is appropriate for everyone..
Both my GBS team and you folks here on DS have done a good job educating me about the key factors to long-term success with GBS. In a nutshell, I know that the GBS is simply a tool to give me a good start on my journey. That success over the years requires a permanent change in the way we think and a corresponding permanent change in the way we behave. But if this change were simple or easy, GBS would require no effort and would always be 100% successful. If is were easy, it is likely that no one would be obese in the first place..
Thus, as I start to move past my first six months post-surgery, I find I am highly motivated to find the things that will lead me personally to long term success. At this point in my journey, I am greatly encouraged by those of you who are much further along than I am and who are maintaining your weight loss and embracing your new life. This is certainly my long term goal..
I believe I have begun to identify and address some of my own underlying issues. I plan to share more about that in the near future because I suspect it might possibly help someone else here, either now or at some point in the future. Or maybe not. I don't really know how common my issues are, but I doubt I am totally unique..
Before I do that though, I'm very curious how other people here have handled this. Did you discover or identify any underlying issues? Contributing factors? Was it important? Did understanding help you in your journey? Was it essential to your success to date? Or perhaps, did you simply follow the program until practice became habit? If you are making GBS work, do you have a better understanding today of why you were once obese? Did you skirt with failure because you did not understand?..
I was certainly hoping for this good of response! It helps to put my own thinking on this into a broader perspective. I also appreciate the detail - some subjects just can't be Twiitered :)..
I come from a family with Medifast food issues. I have been living with an eating disorder since childhood. I wrangled the underlying issues some time ago, but I am aware of triggers which, just like for the alcoholic, can spell danger and even relapse. I have found even with all of my post-GBS.
Success, I still need alot of support to not let triggers derail me...
Great post Jerry. I have identified the primary issue! It turns out that I'd simply stopped moving. I was always.
Thru college and even while I was a young married adult but seemed to stop for some reason in my late twenties..
That and of course metabolism slowdown with the addition of beer will put and end to a fit body in no time..
Now I'm only 4months out and sound like a reformed alcoholic but as soon as I'd lost the first 50lbs I just sorta got hooked on moving again. I'm a mountain biker and totally hooked on it. LOL I went from drinking beer everyday to not feeling complete unless I ride or walk the trails with my dogs..
Yup I think it was Cindy who said something about.
But either way, I don't see anyway anyone will ever keep off all the weight that is lost without a lifetime commitment to.
That and as Ron upnorth say making the correct Medifast diet choices DAILY!.
And Teri says it best when you drink or party to much or graze a bit to much simply get back on track and move forward..
Yes this beautiful thing wls/gbs is only the tool to lose easier for a brief window of time and anyone who is not commited to exercising the rest if their life is wasting their emotion, time and money. Now I know some people don't count calories or take carbs to seriously, but the human body is nothing more than a machine that runs on that shit and if you don't watch what you eat and.
All that goooo is going to come back and smoother your body again..
So in review Jerry asks why? You can over think all the shit wrong in your life but if you eat crap and don't move, you'll simply end up where you started...
I am new and pre-surgery, so I am watching more than.
On these topics. As a recovering Alcoholic, and Addictions Counselor, I will just say that there are 1,000 answers and just one. I eat because it feels good, or more likely it makes the bad go away. Throw in genes and environment and here we are! Much more later, after I pay some dues...lol..
I honestly can't put my finger on the #1 contributor to how I ended up the way I was.. and at this point I don't want to dwell on the past. I only want to look toward the future. The last time I weighed 165 pounds I was in grade.
And was overweight then.. lol. I think the thing we need most is to forgive ourselves for our past lives and to focus on the brighter future ahead.... we can't change the past.. but we certainly have a say in how the rest of our lives become from this day forward!!....
Thanks to everyone for all the great responses to these questions. We all know that 'staying on track' is essential for long term success. The devil is in the difference between knowing and doing. Each of us seem to experience varying degrees of difficulty with respect to this difference..
UpNorthGuy - your approach seems excellent for those people here who have little difficulty in.
Away from 'the past'. If underlying issues seem to fade or go away completely with the weight, then getting bogged down in analysis of the 'why' is likely unnecessary - perhaps even counterproductive. It also sounds like your experience is not unique - that at least some other GBS patients also find success in the same way you have..
I was not quite so fortunate in this respect. It wasn't 'the past' or at least, some issues were clearly not 'in the past'. Sheer will power is a great tool and it's use should be encouraged. But sometimes sheer will power is not sustainable over the long haul when other significant issues come into play. As a simple example, using sheer will power (and some adaptation), you can, for a period of time, ignore a thorn in your foot. But at some point, sheer will power will fail and the thorn must be removed...