Watch Emma & Bjorn discuss their experience with the AspireAssist.
Meet Emma & Bjorn
We sat down with Emma and Bjorn for a candid Q&A about their weight loss journey with the AspireAssist. Here’s what they had to say:*
How long had you been overweight?
E: I’ve been overweight since…well, since I was a little kid. And it followed me ever since then. I think when it gradually got worse was when I moved away from home. You know, living alone in an apartment and not a very good economy and you know, my eating habits were not very good and it just went from there I guess. And then I found [Bjorn]. And of course, you know, we were just in love and out for good dinners and then we were in it together, just negative behaviors.
B: I’ve been overweight my whole life—since I was a kid. I think the biggest problem for me about being overweight all that time was that you’re always “the fat one”. Whether I was with friends, or at my job—I was always the fat one. So that wasn’t fun, to be the one that everyone would point at all the time.
Did you ever try to lose weight?
E: I’ve tried to lose weight so many times I can’t even remember. There was a part of my life where I was really good with going on the treadmill and going out walking, but it would last for a short period of time and nothing would change—you’d just get discouraged and lose faith in yourself.
B: I would try and lose weight and lose a couple of pounds, but it never lasted for long. And when we moved in together, I was working odd hours, not coming home till 11 o’clock in the evening—so we’d eat and go to bed. Bad habits just escalated.
HAD YOU CONSIDERED weight loss surgery?
E: I actually went to the doctor and asked for a gastric bypass, because I thought that was my last chance to ever be a normal weight. I was very uncertain about it though—the scary thing was that if I did it, there’s no going back from there. Luckily, I heard about the Aspire method, so I actually picked up the phone and called!
B: I had considered surgery, but I didn’t like how it was so permanent and gave you all these restrictions. If you’re doing a surgery, it’s like “you cannot do this, you cannot eat this, you’re gonna be sick if you do this,” and things like that. But with the Aspire method, it’s up to you. It’s your choice. You’re given the tools, but at the end of the day it’s up to me to learn how to work them. And I liked that about the Aspire method.
What did you think when you heard about the AspireAssist?
E: I was working when I heard on the radio the news about the Aspire Method and it just gave me new hope. I liked the concept that you have to work with yourself, it’s all about yourself. You’re in charge all the time. And the Group Therapy was a definite plus. You have the opportunity to talk with other people and surround yourself with people who can pick you up when you’re feeling low—I liked the idea of that.
B: The process may sound a little strange, but if it works, why not?
what kind of lifestyle changes did you have to make?
E: I guess for me, this method has changed the way I eat—I take more time with the food, my mind is present when I eat. It was tough in the beginning, you have to train yourself to chew like 30 times before you swallow. It was especially difficult with kids running around, but they had to adapt to our new lifestyle and had to sit longer at the table and eat slowly. I think it’s been good for the whole family. And of course, when you see it works, you no longer want to eat fast food and you pick the healthier choice.
B: The best part about it is you see the meal directly. So when you eat a bad meal, it looks bad. It makes you think, maybe for the next meal I should eat better.
Tell us about your weight loss JOURNEY.
E: It’s been 9 months since we did the surgery. I lost 37 kgs [82 pounds] from the beginning and it just feels amazing. It feels like I’ve got my life back. I can run without hurting my legs and not having to lay on the ground for 20 minutes afterwards! I feel more alive and happy, and people say “Wow, you look great”, and of course, I feel it too. It’s amazing to be able to walk into a regular store and be able to pick out clothes—not a special store! Your self-esteem goes up a lot.
B: It’s been very good. In my head, I still feel like the big one—I wore a triple X and now I’m down to a Small. So it’s a big difference that’s going to take some time to get used to. I’m getting used to it though—before we’d never go swimming or take part in activities with our kids because we were worried about what other people would think. Now, we don’t have to worry about that—we don’t have to hide anymore because we are like everyone else.
What would you say to others who are thinking about this?
E: For someone that’s overweight, there are a lot of options, but I would say that this is a great choice. If you’re motivated enough to lose weight, then this is it. I mean, you’re in charge, and you decide. It might take you 9 months, 12 months, maybe even only 6 months depending where you are. But you’re constantly working with yourself, and I think that’s the greatest thing, and everyone can do it.
B: Yeah. And it’s been 9 months since we did the surgery and I’m already down 38 kgs [84 pounds]! We’re more active, we’ve been swimming, and a lot happier now. It’s just good. It’s very good.
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