I ran into an old friend last night. He told me that I looked good. My only response was, "I've lost a lot of weight." He asked how I did it and I explained, quickly, what I was doing. I told him I've been working on this for about a year and a half. His response, "It's about time people realize that this shit takes time. You can't just do say, I'm going to do P90X for 3 months and be super fit forever. You have to go slow and maintain."
Now, I hear Zach and Janelle say that all the time, and I think it's true, but when you see someone else (who isn't a personal trainer) it really sinks in. I'm glad I ran into this guy because he helped me get back on track. Obviously, he doesn't know that he has helped me get back on track, but he did.
I was hitting a wall. I'm still doing everything that I'm supposed to, but I was just getting frustrated for the first time in 16 months.
I'm doing this on my own (obviously with the help of Zach and Janelle and the support of friends and family though). I thought about surgery, but I don't think I ever could have done it. I would have had to make more changes that I was willing to make. I also think that I need this to be a long process so I remember what a difficult task it was to get to a healthy weight. This way, when I think that I want to eat a bunch of junk and not workout, I'll remember where I started and I never want to get back to that! I've had a lot of time to think about things, try new things, and change things through this whole process.
I'm not saying that my way is better than any other way, it's just the way that works for me and I'm glad it's what I'm doing. Everyone else had to make their own decisions and I'm sure they have all come to the best decisions for themselves.
Also, to me I feel more impressed with myself that I'm sucking it up and doing this hard work. I feel like this is one of the more challenging things I've dealt with in my life and I'm pretty proud of myself for doing this.