From Bill Maher, August 29th, 2003's show Real Time, during his "New Rules" segment:
All right, New Rule: No more celebrating gastric bypass. Carny Wilson, Al Roker and now Starr Jones are all being heralded by the media for stapling their stomachs shut. They shouldn't be. They're not making a brave choice to change. They're giving money to doctors to reroute their ability to turn food into crap. It's like kicking cocaine by crazy gluing your nostrils shut.
This is why I love Maher. Blunt, but honest, and pithy. I couldn't agree more. Really, people who cut their guts by literally cutting their guts are a direct insult to the rest of us who didn't resort to supergluing our nostrils shut. People ask me all the time when I tell them I lost 100 pounds, "Did you have surgery?" I want to punch them in the face.
Changing your life isn't easy. It isn't something you can go check into a clinic for, and walk out a new man. It's gut wrenching, 100% honest with yourself, painful growth. It's character building. I don't know how to describe it other than what I always say, "The weight is simply a byproduct."
Honest, the weight loss is a secondary effect of you living a healthy life if you're doing it right; mentally, spiritually, and physically. Do it wrong, and you're like the angry excuse making idiots I meet who got surgery. Honestly, I deal with many of them, and they're the angriest most emotionally immature people ever. They come to me looking for things like vitamin B when the weight starts coming back on because they think that's the problem. No, fatass, you've stretched your stomach out again. Face it.
I suppose I've been trained to be hard on myself. Even too hard on myself. However, I'd rather err on that side of the fence than the school of "it's not my fault I'm fat." Therefore, I will take 100% responsibility for my actions, and in this, I know I can be 100% responsible for my future results.
If you've had surgery, and want to defend yourself here, go for it. However, know you cannot talk your way out of a situation you acted yourself into. Tell me "Obesity runs in my family." I'll tell you, "No, the problem is NO ONE runs in your family, slacker."
I'm a bit sick of these people.
- ▼ August (4)