Bill Streetman lost roughly half his body weight. He credits his success to defining his personal barriers to weight loss and developing “The 4 Strategies” to overcome them. Whether or not you opt for bariatric surgery as Bill did, The 4 Strategies will nonetheless help you to overcome your barriers to weight loss. Learn The 4 Strategies in Part 1 of this Bill Streetman interview, “4 Strategies to Weight Loss Surgery Success.”
On his blog WHS-NewLife, Bill Streetman explores psychological barriers to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Bill looked within himself to find what does and does not motivate him emotionally and mentally. He then discovered the four greatest barriers to weight loss that would prevent his long-term success.
4 Barriers to Weight Loss Checklist:
1) conflicting priorities,
3) poor planning and implementation, and
4) recklessness and sabotage
Bill then worked to create an environment where overcoming barriers to weight loss would be easier to attain. He defined a goal, and a plan to achieve that goal.
Bill developed The 4 Strategies. In this interview, he discusses how they helped him in real life to overcome his barriers to weight loss and achieve long-term success with lifestyle changes after the gastric bypass surgery.
4 Strategies to Defeat Barriers to Weight Loss
My Bariatric Life: Strategy #1 is about prioritization, specifically putting yourself first. How did you do this and how has it helped you with weight loss?
Bill Streetman: As I identified conflicting priorities, I worked to resolve them. The best example is the conflict I had between Healthy Me and Work Me. Weekend after weekend I found myself sitting at my desk on a Saturday afternoon knowing I would be back in my office Sunday. I’d say to myself, “I need to start taking care of myself.” Yet I was growing more and more overweight. I resolved this conflict when I decided my health was more important than my business. That decision resulted in me selling my share of the business. I limit my work hours to a normal work week and have plenty of time to exercise, plan for my nutritional needs and prepare healthy meals.
Strategy #2 is about brutal honesty with yourself and others. How did you go about that and why did it make it easier for you to lose weight?
I learned to tell everyone everything about my gastric bypass surgery, my recovery, the highs and lows, the good and the bad, the ugly and the uglier. I told all of the details openly and honestly. Get to telling your weight loss story over and over. Tell it honestly and without any agenda. You’ve got a lot of lies and half-truths from when you were fat to balance out.
You mandate developing a pre and post-surgery diet and exercise plan in Strategy #3. How did you develop such a plan?
I had been through a hospital supervised diet and nutrition program and learned about the caloric content of carbohydrates, protein and fat. I learned that at the most basic level, weight loss utilized math that I had learned in first grade. Using online resources, I created a simple spreadsheet. Daily meals were designed to provide my nutritional needs. The key to regular exercise for me is options. I made a list of all the activities I’ve enjoyed and a few I’d like to try. I planned and made a lot of adjustments as I got in better and better shape.
You address that we often sabotage our own weight loss in Strategy #4. How did you develop self-control around food?
To develop self control I did the following:
1) Studied Tai Chi;
2) Decided not to learn my limits but instead to eat for fuel rather than pleasure;
3) Plan in advance for how to deal with triggers, binge situations and special occasions.
What other advice do you have for folks to defeat their emotional barriers to weight loss?
I follow three rules:
1) Never Never Never Give Up,
2) Remember that you are doing this for YOU and you are worth the effort,
3) You will make mistakes and suffer a setback or two – when this happens, refer to #1 and #2 above.
Now for my pep-talk:
You are capable of more than you can imagine.
You can do this.
Don’t overcomplicate things.
Eat well and exercise.
Believe in yourself.
Do a little better today than you did yesterday.
Its the journey that gets you there, NOT the surgery.
Enjoy your New Life!!!
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