Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr It takes 3,500 calories burned to lose one pound. Boy, has this been on the forefront of my brain for the last 12 months. One year ago I weighed in at 368 pounds. I walked into the local Bariatric Surgery Center with a goal to lose 188 pounds.I didn’t know what I was in for. It’s been an exciting journey, and a lot of hard work, but I’m happy to report that a little over a year later and I’m down 147 lbs so far! In this blog I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned along the way. #1. Not all protein shakes have to taste like chalk, or come in only chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. I found Syntrax Nectar that is mixed with water, and their Fuzzy Naval flavor tastes like an orange/peach fruit drink! It’s only 100 calories and 23 grams of protein; this is a favorite of mine. #2. You can’t outrun your fork! This is such a simple statement but so true. It’s a numbers game; calories in versus calories burned. I love my carbs, but they pack a big caloric punch. For example, one cup of egg noodles is 221 calories. Along the way I have found that my cravings aren’t going to change, so what I needed to do was make healthier choices. One cup of spaghetti squash is 31 calories and still provides that feeling of eating the carbs. #3. It’s more mental than physical. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” This is true with both diet and exercise. The biggest thing I’ve learned is our will is so much stronger than our brain will originally tell us. You can resist certain food temptations a lot longer than you realize. And when your body is telling you that you can’t continue working out, you have a lot more to give than you’d think. Press forward, keep fighting, crush a goal, and then make a new one! Whatever your health goals are, my biggest advice is have a goal, write it down, and never give up! Good luck to you on your journey!