Not so long ago, I was 625 pounds. I took cholesterol and blood pressure medication, walked with a cane, and hated life and myself. As many of you know, I've been on an amazing journey, a journey to take back my life. I'm not a teacher, a doctor, nor do I have a degree or any plaques on my wall. What I do have is the experience, a plan, that helped me to regain control of my life, and I want to help you to do the same. Let's do it together. Dan Hawthorne

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Weigh In With Dan--Surgery, yes or no?

Good afternoon!
I enjoy sharing the questions I get from various folks, in hopes that by doing so, others may find comfort and support. I realized today that I hadn't blogged a "Weigh in with Dan," segment in some time, so, I thought this bright and sunny day seemed as good as any.
**Questions are via Facebook. Names have been changed to protect their privacy.**

Tim: Did you ever consider surgery for your weight loss?

Hello Tim and thank you for asking. I considered it, for a minute.

Brother, I’m scared to death of doctors and hospitals, so, the idea of somebody going inside me, tying things together with needles; it only took a minute to make that decision.

I'm in total support of folks doing what they need to do, to better their lives, but for me, I was ready to tackle the challenge on my own. I knew I could do it. I had a renewed sense of faith, in myself and in God.
I will never knock those that choose surgery. We all have a key. I can’t turn your key, you have to do it. I can fill your tank with gas, give you encouragement, but you’re behind the wheel. You have to start your own engine.  

Many say they want to, many more say they’re going to. Too often the starting line is approached with doubt and hesitation, which leads to failure. Weight loss is achieved when a complete understanding of what is at stake reins—health, happiness, and in some cases, life itself!

You must be 100% on board with your goals. You have to be willing to take risks, come out of your comfort zone, and keep the-peddle-to-the- metal. Don’t be afraid to take those rough turns, because they are coming. Stay the course, change up the pace from time to time, but never coast. And most importantly use the best fuel (food) you have to keep on your game.

Don’t’ wait, get that engine started now. Take back your life and start living. Get on your mark. Get set and.......GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Mary: What is the biggest challenge you have faced?

Without a doubt, Mary, Dan was the biggest challenge I had to face. I had to look at that six hundred pound giant in the mirror and be honest. I had to say things he didn’t want to hear. I had to lay it out for him, in real terms, and then I had to forgive him.

For me, the inner struggle was far harder than the physical. The giant intimidated me, scared me. Good LORD he was BIG! But under that bloated exterior lay a kind and gentle soul.  And he wanted to live.

My new self could not officially start until I jumped into the trenches with Dan, the giant. There we were—me, myself, and I—screaming, name calling, and many tears fell before a feeling of hope could cultivate. 

Hope allowed me to dream. Forgiveness made it happen.

Now, I’ll be honest, hurdles and obstacles still came. It’s not like I had my moment and all was well, complete with a fairytale ending.  No. There were temptations, fears, and insecurities to face each and every step of the way.

What I can assure you is that by confronting that image and granting myself a pardon, only then was I able to rediscover my power!  Once you believe in you again, no roadblock will hold you back. No obstacle is big enough, no hurdle high enough, to keep you from your life.
Defeat that which binds you and you will find your freedom. 

Don’t wait. Do it now.