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Weight Loss Surgery Podcast

 

 

Reeger Cortell, FNP-C

 

This Week I talk with Reeger Cortell, FNP-C.  Reeger hosts The Weight Loss Surgery Podcast.

This isn’t the 1st time Reeger and I spoke.  Back on May 12th, 2014 Reeger interviewed me for episode 26.

This is part 1 of a two part interview where Reeger and I take a walk through my thought process.

Reeger is very easy to talk to and she asks some tough questions for me to answer.

As I restart this journey the goal is to create and follow a positive mindset for success.

This much I know:

  • I have the knowledge about nutrition and exercise
  • I have the tools to create a positive outcome
  • I’m the only one who is responsible for my success or failure.

A special thanks to Shehan and Laurie for your emails.  You Rock!

Contact Me

  • How to contact me with questions or comments
  • If you have a computer with a microphone you can record a voice message right on the  Website.
  • Leave a comment at the bottom of the show notes
  • So if you have any questions or comments don’t be shy, take yourself outside of your comfort zone and say hi.

Thank you for taking this journey with me.  I love it when you reach out and share your journey with me.  

And If you haven’t, I just have one question, why not?  Please continue to take positive steps to take back your life.

Legal Disclosure:

Let’s Reverse Obesity.com and the Let’s Reverse Obesity Podcast are meant for informational purposes and do not constitute medical, nutritional, dietary, therapeutic, or any other advice. Any information on this site or in the podcast reflects John’s or his guests views and experiences only. You should always consult with a medical doctor, nurse, or other certified health professional before starting any diet, exercise, or any kind of health plan.

 

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025 Finding Answers The Struggle Continues

by John Bukenas on December 16, 2014

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Hello and welcome to the Let’s Reverse Obesity Podcast.

My name is John Bukenas and I have been losing and gaining weight for over 30 years.  Just last year I lost over 100 pounds.  And this year, I’ve gained it all back.

I haven’t produced a podcast in 331 days, or 10 months and 27 days, or 47 weeks and 2 days.  You get the picture, it’s been a long time.

So what have I been doing?  Hiding.

Hiding from myself, my friends, my family, hiding from you.

But John, I see you on Facebook and twitter, You are posting all the time.  Was I posting or was I posing?  I was posing.

Why was I hiding?  Because there was questions.  Those questions needed answers.  And I didn’t have any answers.

In Episode 24 of this podcast I talked about lapse and relapse.

I figured if I just talked about it I would correct the problem.  Well that didn’t work.  My issues got worse, my attitude got worse, and my life got worse.

But i was use to this.  I’ve been allowing this life cycle for years.

I just turn inward.  At the time, I thought it was weird to want to be by myself.

Because I am my worst enemy.  When me and myself get together mayhem ensues.  We do everything we shouldn’t do.  We eat the wrong foods in the wrong amounts at the wrong times.

It’s ok, no one is around.  Who’s gonna know?

Well for one thing my clothes knew.  Because as I lost weight I threw all my bigger clothes away.

Anyone with eyes knew I was up to my old tricks because I was getting bigger.

See I live alone and me and myself we were on a tear.  If I couldn’t think of an excuse, myself had one.  Are you you wondering what I was doing while me and myself was creating mayhem?  I was just off in the distance.  He was yelling over.

You know you shouldn’t be doing that.  You are ruining all the work you have already done.  Then after the smoke cleared, when me and myself wore out.  I would come over and Woulda, Coulda, and Shoulda us.  I would really pour it on.  Just look at you.  Go ahead, look at you.  I don’t think I have ever seen such a big pile of worthlessness and weakness.  You are a loser.  You have not one ounce of willpower.

You know all about diet and exercise, you just spent a year losing over a hundred pounds and you’re going to put it all back on.  Just look at you.  You disgust me.

Yea I was a real tool.  Me and myself hated I so we would just continue with the bad habits just for spite.  Hey I, look at this.  Me and myself are going to eat a bag full of Taco Bell and then eat a half gallon of ice cream for dessert.

So I put the weight back on.  And you know what arthritis hates?  Excess weight.  So it was harder to do things.  Not just fun things, but life things like food shopping, cleaning and wash.

But like everything on this journey I needed to do this.  I shouldn’t have done it for this long.  Because it flushed out some issues.

Issue Number 1.  I don’t like myself.

The reason I don’t like myself is I’m horrible to me.  I wouldn’t treat my worse enemy as bad as I treated myself.  It’s true, if others failed, I would console and comfort them, but me?  Oh no, failure was not an option.

So it was like a snowball rolling down a hill.  The problems kept getting bigger and bigger.

Issue Number 2.  I’m not perfect.

There I said it.  I’m not perfect.  I make mistakes.  I have baggage.  I have a steamer trunk of issues from my past that still haunt me.  Most of those issues are self imposed but to me they are real.

So when they finally invent that time machine I can go back and right all the wrongs.  Honestly, I thought Apple would have had the iMe machine out already but they’re too busy making a watch computer that no one can see or work but that’s a topic for another podcast.

So what was I going to do.  I couldn’t come on here and wah wah wah about my problems every week.  This is the Let’s reverse Obesity Podcast.  I’m still doing it!  Good Night everybody!!  That’s entertainment.

I was still researching the “Why” and then I came across The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo.  Right now at the time of this podcast she has produced 34 episodes.  I started at episode one and went through every episode.  Brooke is the one who showed me that I was horrible to myself.  That all the self criticism and perfectionism was so harmful and counterproductive.

That me, myself and I needed to be kind to each other.  To help each other.  To stop the spitefulness and criticism.

I was so excited to find Brooke that I wanted to bring her on as a guest.  But I waited too long to ask and Alen Standish nabbed her first.

I’ve had Alen on my podcast and I was a guest on his podcast.  Alen is a great guy and although I don’t talk to him as much as I would like to I do consider Alen a friend.

So I figured I would listen to the interview and maybe there was some topics left that I could use to my interview but Alen nailed it.  It was a fantastic interview.

The links to the interview and to Alen and Brooke’s podcast are in the show notes at Let’s Reverse Obesity.com/025

So what have I learned on my sabbatical?

  1. I’m not perfect
  2. It’s ok that I’m not perfect
  3. I have been down right nasty to myself
  4. I don’t deserve to be treated that way by anyone.  Especially myself.

What is my plan?

  1. Just to be a little better every day
  2. To be kind to myself.  I deserve it.
  3. To stop my love affair with fast food and highly processed food.
  4. To have humility and ask for help when I need it.

Please join me next week as we continue our battle with the struggle.

LINKS:

Brooke Castillo’s Podcast

Alen Standish Interview with Brooke 

Alen Standish’s Podcast

Legal Disclosure:

Let’s Reverse Obesity.com and the Let’s Reverse Obesity Podcast are meant for informational purposes and do not constitute medical, nutritional, dietary, therapeutic, or any other advice. Any information on this site or in the podcast reflects John’s or his guests views and experiences only. You should always consult with a medical doctor, nurse, or other certified health professional before starting any diet, exercise, or any kind of health plan.

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024 Lapses and Relapse

January 20, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode I come back and talk about what has been going on since October 7, 2013.  That was the date of my last Podcast.  And what and who started me back down the right path to continuing my journey. Oct 7th was my last podcast. Since […]

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023: Getting by With a Little Help From My Friends

October 7, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode I will be talking about drawing strength and motivation from others. And I have a Health Coach.  And you know me, I turned a coaching call into an interview with my health coach Nancy Walters.  And I’m excited to introduce her to you. Well like […]

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022: Reversing Obesity with Reflection and Resetting my Plan

September 10, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode I will be discussing a new weight loss hypnosis app available for your iPhone I will also give you an update of where I have been in the last month and my plans for the future. But first, I want to tell you that This […]

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021: Cooking Up Tasty Habits with Kendra Kinnison The Habit Chef

July 24, 2013
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download This week I have a special guest.  I started listening to her podcast two weeks ago and I knew I had to introduce to you. I am very excited to introduce you to Kendra Kinnison.  Kendra is the Habit Chef. You can find her Habit Chef Podcast at […]

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020: Overcoming Excuses and Rationalizations

July 19, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode I discuss how excuses and rationalizations can be crippling your weight loss efforts.  And how you can overcome these obstacles. Also, there is now a private Let’s Reverse Obesity Facebook Group.  A place where we can motivate and support each other. In the last episode […]

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019: Why Are We Like This?

July 11, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Why are we the way we are? Why do we accept the unacceptable, and not except what is acceptable? Mistakes, failures, setbacks are all acceptable. what is not acceptable is quitting but we seem to accept quitting because it stops our failures. “We can’t fail if we don’t […]

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018: Interview with Sean Webb from the I Am Podcast

June 11, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode: I will be talking about where I have been and the direction of this show in the future. I will also be talking to Sean Webb from the I Am Podcast.  Ladies and Gentlemen wait to you listen to Sean.  You will be saying to […]

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017: Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin Interview Coping Skills, Binge Eating, and Food Addition

April 30, 2013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode I have the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin is a psychoanalyst and licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping people stop dieting and start living their best lives. Dr. Nina’s blog Make Peace With Food was named a Best Eating Disorder Blog by Healthline and […]

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