Today I want to discuss weight loss surgery. There are about 6-7 different procedures today and it has become one of the fat loss trends. Although this drastic measure can be successful, it comes with a list of side effects and dangers. There are requirements one must have before even being considered for these procedures, one being a male must be at least 100 pounds overweight and a female 80.
Some of the requirements of the procedures state that you must be dedicated to making dramatic and permanent changes to how you eat, exercise and live. Hmmmm, isn’t that what we teach all of our fantastic members here at MPower Fitness?
It was that kind of conversation that got Emily Myslivecek to walk in our door. Emily was not an active person at all, prior to joining our fitness family. This is what she told me about why she joined.
“I was constantly exhausted, overweight and ashamed. I didn’t feel like I could go anywhere I’d be seen without shape-wear, a full face of makeup and doing my hair.
I had a physical where the doctor had asked me about what I’d been doing actively. When I told her I’d been going to school and working, both full time, and hadn’t had much time for anything else, she’d brought up weight loss surgery. I was mortified. I knew I was overweight, but I didn’t think I was at a point where surgery would be appropriate. I knew I was capable of losing the weight myself, and that conversation had inspired me to try some pretty drastic diets before finding MPower Fitness and learning about food logging.”
It’s sad Emily resorted to drastic dieting. You would hope the conversation would have had a positive effect instead of making her feel desperate. However, the good part is, she didn’t do the drastic measures too long and soon found out about MPower Fitness where she can have all the support she needs to change her lifestyle.
Emily shared a little about her mom and how her lifestyle also played a big factor in Emily’s decision to take control of her own life.
“Growing up, my mom ran marathons. She’s always been physically fit and continues at 62 to take classes at the Y, ride motorcycles, change the prop on her boat by herself, and fully enjoy life. I was slowing down at 27. I would get to the second story of my house and have to stop and catch my breath. I knew I needed to change my habits if I wanted to live a long, healthy, fulfilled life like my mom.”
Emily had one more inspirational person in her life that also helped her take initiative to get her weight off and that was her husband.
“My husband had lost 90 lbs. on his own when I found MPower Fitness. He did it by running up and down the stairs everyday, starting with 10 minutes and working up to 1.5 hours at a time. He enjoyed it, but I knew I had to find something for myself that I would enjoy–and to me that wasn’t running up and down the stairs, I wanted to find a fitness community.”
Thankfully Emily had other people to inspire her and she didn’t resort to the surgery. She found her community and what a difference it has made.
“My goal in the beginning was to lose 50 lbs. At the end of my 2nd challenge I’d lost 35. I’m hoping to reach 50 lbs. lost by the end of my 3rd challenge.
I love MPower Fitness. I’m addicted. It’s the longest I’ve stuck with anything since high school volleyball. It’s fun, it’s fast, and everyone is supportive, welcoming, and respectful. I also love the diversity–at any age, size, shape, or athletic stage–you can make MPower Fitness work for you, and you won’t ever feel out of place!
I’m now confident. I don’t curl my hair and put make up on every time I know I’ll be seen or where there will be pictures taken. I just feel more comfortable in my natural skin. I’ve been able to connect with others who’ve struggled on their fitness journeys. I’ve paid more attention than ever in my life on what I’m eating. I pay attention to portions and try to focus more on proteins and vegetables (still working on that–lol).
I don’t know about all of you, but to me this sounds much better than having a drastic weight loss surgery that could have some serious side effects.
We are so proud of you Emily. Keep it going!