Once again, I saw a note that there is some "Magic" period of time where you have to have a certain amount of your weight off, or you will never get it off.
That is 100% absolute BULL MANURE!
There is NO truth to that, NONE, NADA, not the slightest little smidgin of truth.
I know, some Doctors tell their patients junk like that. Those are REALLY STUPID DOCTORS, who are attempting to motivate their patients, but discourage a LOT more than they motivate.
I am a clasic example of how this is NOT true. I worked my butt off over the first 6 months, sticking to my diet program just about perfectly, forcing myself to exercise when I didn't feel like it, and I lost just under 50% of my excess weight.
Over the next 12months, I lightened up a *****eated occasionally, had a doughnut here, a candy bar there, maintained my exercise program of walking 3 miles at a time, 3 days a week, and peeled off the rest of my excess weight. I didn't cheat frequently, and I did NOT cheat more than one day at a time (or more than one day in a week either). I just worked my sleeve, did my exercise and kept the cheating to a reasonable amount.
I see weight loss surgery patients regularly, and I personally know of some that just couldn't get serious about their program. They cheated from the beginning, didn't exercise regualrly, ate just about everything they shouldn't have, and that "MAGIC 6 MONTHS" went by and they had not lost even 20% of their excess weight.
They believed that the sleeve was enough, all by it self. it was the "Magic" that would take care of everything. But, they discovered that the "Magic" was not working!
"Oh MY GOD, I'll never get this off" is the cleaned up version of what they were saying at that point!
But, with encouragement, from their doctor and from some people that cared about them, we were able to get them back onto a good weight loss program. Watching wha tthey ate, both in quantity and in quality. Getting them to do moderate exercise on a regular basis (not running marathons, or lifting weights like a professional, but walking, swimming, bike riding, etc.)
ALL of them, 100% of them, over the following 12-18 months were able to peel off all of their excess weight.
Now, if there was some kind of a "Magic Window", that would NOT have been possible.
So, don't buy into that stupidity. You CAN lose your excess weight, even if it takes you 12-18-24 or even 36 months.
Yes, it will be a bit harder for you. The first months are the easiest, but they certainly are not the ONLY time you can lose.
DO NOT LET ANYONE DISCOURAGE YOU, OR CIONVINCE YOU THAT IT IS HOPELESS.
IF A LAZY OLD GUY LIKE ME (I am 68 years old and I absolutely hate EXERCISE, to me it is the single most useless waste of time I can think of) could peel of 175 pounds in 18 months, there is absolutely NO reason why YOU can't do it too.
And do not let anyone tell you that you CAN'T do it, just because some particular period of time went by. Tell them to get rid of their "Stinkin Thinkin" and let you get on with your weight loss.
A former Army Medic (1959-1969), Registered Nurse (1969-2000), College Instructor (1984-1989) and a retired Rehabilitation Counselor. I am also a dual citizen of the USA and Canada.
High Weight 412 lbs. Date of Surgery 360.5 Present 170 lbs