Seasoned Personal Trainer and Seventeen Year Post-op Surgery Patient Pamela Harrelson Provides Hope Through Personal Story and Up to Date Academic Information.
“The Rest of the Truth” demonstrates a gentle understanding of human weakness, but expresses a profound belief that with reliance on our faith, a relationship with God, and the guidance of Biblical scripture, our faith can then translate to more self-control and motivation of the areas of nutrition and exercise. We can then live life to the fullest, enslaved to nothing!
A Question for You. As a Christian, do you have a stronghold in your life that is diminishing your witness for Christ? Pam and her husband had a stronghold of food addiction for long decades, despite the love for their faith. She shares with you her ultimate surrender in this area and how God has delivered her forever! This was not through the strength of the surgery alone. Her husband died of obesity related causes in July of 2000, despite two bariatric surgeries. “The Rest of the Truth” was published in 2009 and the words in the book are timeless to reach all believers in their quest for balance. It is worth purchasing in print, to use for regular reference all the detail from expert resources.
“Weight maintenance starts with the mind, not with a diet, and not even with a scalpel on the operating table,” Harrelson writes. “I have a passion to educate others about how to get to the root of their weight issues, and how to develop life skills in the areas of eating, exercise and time management. Even as we celebrate sensational weight loss stories, lifetime weight maintenance receives scarce attention in the media.” Harrelson is in a small category of 17 year post-op patients who have maintained their weight loss. She practices moderation in her personal exercise regime – no throwing up, passing out or crying!
As a post-op patient, Harrelson is neither for nor against the surgical procedure, but rather prefers to capitalize on how the results of the surgery should jump start a brand new way of thinking about food, health and exercise. She is against rapid weight loss, as explained in her Genetics and Metabolism Chapter. This is counterproductive to weight maintenance despite the surgical intervention. God has not re-invented human physiology! The real truth is not very exciting for some people, but rather boring! However, the truth really does set us FREE – exciting!
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A Must Read for Lifetime Maintenance with Peace and Balance, after Weight Loss Surgery. Maureen Conolly (Mandeville, LA, US) - This review is from: Practical Advice for Lifetime Maintenance After Bariatric Surgery. This book provides a no-nonsense, honest, heartfelt account of the author's struggles with weight loss, including two weight loss surgeries. Her first surgery was years ago as one of the first kind of stomach stapling procedures, and with very little after care or behavior modification, she gained the weight back. In 1995, there was still not as much aftercare as there is presently. However, after her new gastric bypass surgery, this time she adjusted all aspects of her lifestyle (brain, physical, and spiritual) to stay committed to living the healthy way. She has maintained her weight loss now for 17 years! Her advice is practical and realistic. She clearly communicates that weight loss surgery is not the easy way out and not a miracle cure. I believe it is a great read for weight loss surgery patients, especially those that have not gotten a firm understanding that the surgery is only the first step in a lifelong requirement to remain focused and vigilant on eating right, exercising regularly, and dealing with emotional eating issues. Pam's personal stories of struggle, adversity (including Hurricane Katrina), and personal loss are very powerful to show just how it IS POSSIBLE to be a successful long term weight loss surgery patient. There are not a lot of books or other materials that focus on the real work that is required for permanent weight loss maintenance. I highly recommend this book to weight loss surgery patients and non-surgery patients that were formerly morbidly obese and are looking for guidance on long term maintenance.