I know I promised that I would not write any more books about my life. But as I progress along with my bariatric surgery and weight loss, I decided to write one more. In this book, I am going to discuss my struggle with obesity and the steps I have taken over the years to lose weight and to maintain that weight once it was lost. It is quite apparent that our country has a problem with obesity, but I never gave it much thought as to when it started or how it started. It finally hit me when I looked at a photo of a beach scene in the early 1970s. There was not one obese person in the photo. There were literally hundreds of sunbathers in that photo. What the hell happened? Fast food after all has been around since the 1950s, so we can’t necessarily blame that trend. So I decided to devote some space in this book on the subject as well. Because of the overall poor health of our country, I feel that this is going to be the most important book I will ever write.
I will be turning 59 this year and during my lifetime I have been overweight well over 30 of those years. I have had swings in my BMI from 18 to 40. I consider myself to be a fairly intelligent person. I have three college degrees, I am an ICU registered nurse, I have read thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, and I have even written five books, so what is my problem? Why is maintaining a healthy weight so damn difficult? I have also competed in over 60 triathlons including 3 half Iron Man races and one Iron Man distance race, so I certainly have the discipline to maintain a healthy weight, or do I? Well, it turns out that living a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle is harder than it looks.
I am going to devote this book to discussing my failures and my successes and why I have been driven to the drastic measures that I have recently taken. I hope this book will be an inspiration for not only those who are trying to lose weight but to those that have lost weight and hopefully will help them to keep the weight off. Weight loss is easy, the hard part is keeping that new sleek body. It requires a lot of hard work, time and willpower.