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slow, sure and worth it 

I hope you are enjoying that chicken recipe I posted earlier. Slow cooking recipes ensure that we have moist and tender meals. The key is that slow cooking may take longer but it's a no-worries process that turns out dishes that are infused with great flavor.

Just like life after weight loss surgery - true transformation takes time. As we lower our calorie intake, we start to lose weight consistantly—but the reality is: there is no promise of speedy. Slow and steady wins the race. 

The realities of life after weight loss surgery are not always what we expect. It may not be as fast as think or as easy as we imagine, but I can tell you it is worth going through the process.

After surgery, weight loss seems to go fast—at first, then weight loss will slow. The more we lose, and the smaller we get, our weight loss tends to slow. But "slow" doesn't mean weight loss has to "stop".  Staying true to a healthier eating lifestyle will allow you to lose the weight and keep it off. 

Not only is the weight not going to come off fast enough but the mental and emotional transformations take considerably longer. Weight loss surgery helps us lose unwanted physical weight but we must learn how to drop the emotional weight that we carry. It also means we must consider other possible health issues that could also account for weight gain, such as sleep apnea, thyroid disorders, hormone or vitamin imbalances, among other possible causes for weight gain. These require us to do our research and diligently fight to win back our health.

The reality of weight loss surgery is that it's not a quick fix. It's a lifestyle. Its not a race to lose weight fast and keep it off permanently, but a journey - slow and sure. Weight loss will happen, and it can last a lifetime,  but it does require life-long changes.

It's been almost eleven years since my surgery, and I still have to watch what I eat and stay on top of my game. The most important thing is that the journey to greater health, is not just physical, but emotional, mental, and spiritual. Slowing down and enjoying the process, learning and growing along the way - that's the best part of the process. So don't hurry you're way through it. Little by little, one step at a time - it's an incredible journey that can last a lifetime. 

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