Of course, we all know that the lifestyle with the band (or any weight loss surgery or diet plan for that matter) is not the easy way out. It's difficult. It's tough. It's a lot of WORK. It takes planning. It requires making conscious choices every f***ing day.
I have been thinking a little about the phrase "the easy way out" and have determined that for me, the easy way out was being FAT. It was SOOO EASY to be fat!
I didn't have to think about what I put in my mouth. EVER. If it tasted good, I ate it. I didn't think about how many calories a food had in it or how much protein it contained. I didn't worry about eating an In-n-Out Double Double Cheeseburger in 4 minutes flat, while guzzling a large sugary Coke. Taking a trip to Panda Express and eating two servings of Orange Chicken and a huge serving of fried rice...no problem! Being fat was EASY.
I didn't have to think about how I would get my 30+ minutes of exercise each day. Exercise?....are you crazy?!? It was more fun to sit on the couch each night and watch my favorite TV shows. Being fat was EASY.
I didn't have to think about how much water I had consumed in a day. I just enjoyed my Mt Dews and Cokes all throughout the day...What fun! No multiple trips to the ladies room due to massive water consumption for the fat girl. Being fat was EASY.
Why do I continue to travel down this road of improved health? I'll tell you why:
- My back doesn't hurt when I wake up in the morning anymore.
- My not-so-sexy cankles are gone.
- My blood pressure is normal..no more meds!
- I need so much less sleep.. I was so tired when I was fat...I missed out on a lot.
- To keep looking hot in my size 6 jeans.
I think that it's important that we find the "why" in this journey so that we never go back to the "easy way out."