Gimmicks and Info Commercials

     Yesterday I went to the gym to run on the treadmill.  I listened to music from my iPhone as I usually do, but sometimes watch the news screen with closed caption.  Because it was Saturday the news wasn't on, but there was an info commercial on.  I left it and continued with my workout.  We have all seen them.  Exercise and it will magically make you thin. They didn't even talk about diet! 

Take this pill, do nothing and watch the weight fall off.

Now there is a device that can be surgically inserted into your stomach and you can eat all you want, wait two hours and purge it from the attached stomach tube into the toilet!!!!  Eeeeew!

     Sometimes we fall for this stuff.  I was desperate after having my babies to get the weight off, and this new drug had just come out on the market.  It was FDA approved so I thought it was safe.  I'm sure you have heard of it.  It's called Fenfluramine/phentermine or Fen Phen.  My husband thought it was okay as well.  He at the time was working in insurance.  He had a client that was also taking this drug, and it damaged her heart and she had only months left to live.  She got a multi-million dollar settlement from the insurance company, but she was still going to die!!!  Needless to say, I stopped taking it.  I did lose some weight, but I feel blessed that my weight came back on, and didn't damage my heart.

     With most gimmicks the weight does return and then some, unless you continue with the weight loss you're subscribing to...such as Weight Watchers.  You can eat anything you want, just count the points and when your points are gone you are done eating.  I did this to, and the weight returned anyway.  My mother did it for years, and so her weight never returned because she was always on the program.  Plus she was paying money for meetings.  I don't know about you, but I didn't want to do this forever!  Forty bucks a month is expensive and adds up fast!

     As long as people are over weight there will always be "new miracle drugs", or "new weight saving gimmicks" to help them lose all those unwanted pounds.  After all, it's big money...for them!  I think what is most irritating is some of these items really mess up people's health!  Eat what you want, and this pump with take the food out of your stomach.  This doesn't teach them to eat or how to be healthy.   I decided a long time ago that I didn't want to live like this.  I didn't want to be dependent on anything.  I wanted something better.  I wanted to get off of my high blood pressure medicines, I wanted to be free of everything that was holding me back.  I wanted complete freedom!

     After a lot of research, I finally found what I was looking for.  Is it easy?  At first it wasn't easy because I now had to change my cooking style.  When I was growing up, my parents fed us milk, meat and eggs as a consistent staple to be included in nearly every meal.  We had dessert every night. We went out for Kentucky Fried Chicken, or the Chuck A Rama buffet at least once a week, and sometimes I remember going out for donuts.  The difference back when I was much younger was I was always outside playing and burning off calories.  Nowadays the streets are empty. Kids would rather be in the house on some electronic device tapping away at computer generated imaginary games.

     This "lifestyle" (not a diet) has changed my life.  I feel better, I'm more active.  I can move around more easily.  I don't have to count calories or drink magic shakes or exercise until I'm dead.  It's a cheaper way of life.  It's whole foods!  Nothing mysterious about it.  I'm grateful for this program. I'm grateful for doctors that have done the research into how food really effects our health.

     Have a great week, and enjoy he ride!

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