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How Long Will It Take For Exercise Results?

With the permission of my client, I share the following:

Dear Cathy, I’ve been exercising for what seems like forever.  How long do I have to exercise to lose weight?  What are the results from exercising?  ~Client

First, consider changing what you’re doing from “exercise” to “moving” and being “active”.  For many of us, “exercise” is something we had to do and hated it.  That’s why people join gyms or begin vigorous programs and quickly quit.  I do love to move and be physically active.  Yes, it is essentially the same thing.  Exercise seems like drudgery and being active is more like play and something I like to do.  Being active is a “get to” rather than a “have to” of exercise.

Let’s look at your motivation and reason for being active.  The slightest amount of daily movement will make you feel great.  You’ll enjoy the instant results of feeling good, your mind will clear, and your mood will improve along with your enhanced self-esteem.  All you need to do is get off the couch, take some deep breaths and take a walk.  You’ll feel better after you finish.  So good, in fact, that you’ll want to repeat the pleasure again and again.

The joy and feel good feelings from physical activity are contagious.  Now, after many years, I enjoy moving and being active.  It makes a huge difference in my life.  Look beyond weight loss to the immeasurable physical and emotional benefits of being active.  Weight loss will come naturally as you develop the habit of physical activity and the joy it brings to your life.

Believe In Yourself,
Cathy, Certified Life Coach
Weight Loss Surgery Coach


  1. I read similar article also named How Long Will It Take For Exercise Results?, and it was completely different. Personally, I agree with you more, because this article makes a little bit more sense for me

  2. I had a sleeve gastrectomy on Feb. 22, 2012. I went into the hospital weighing 351. When I started the insurance process in July 2011 I was 447. During the first three weeks post op I lost 15 lbs. I expected to lose a lot more once I was allowed back in the pool. However, I stopped losing weight. After 3 weeks with no weight loss I went back to the clinic. I saw the dietitian, who said I was doing everything right. I then saw the nurse practitioner who said with all the weight loss before surgery and the surgery itself I was in a kind of shock and would need time for my body to heal. After 3 more weeks I lost 10 lbs in only 5 days. I thought I was finally on my way. It is now almost 3 weeks after that and there has been absolutely no further weight loss. This is driving me crazy, not to mention causing a great deal of depression. I regret having this surgery and feel like I am now stuck like this. What can possibly be happening that would cause weight loss to stop after surgery when I was doing so well before surgery?

  3. Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for your comment. I know there are varying opinions and “different strokes for different folks.” When I changed my mindset and viewed exercise as something more positive, I approached it completely different. Before, exercise felt as punishment or something to have to endure – who wants to do that??!! Certainly not me!

    I’m glad that you agree with what I wrote in my article and I hope it works for you.

    Best regards,

  4. Hi Susan,

    I had some issues with my blog and receiving notifications of comments so I apologize for the delay.

    How are you doing now with your Sleeve? How is your weight loss and are you happy that you had surgery? Just a few months post-op (from any procedure), it is very common to have doubts, regrets (buyer’s remorse) and question your decision.

    One of the things that most of us WLSers do is compare ourselves with other WLSers do is compare our weight loss, the rate of our weight loss and number of pounds. I encourage you to take your eyes off the scale and focus your attention in a much more meaningful way. Sure, weight loss and those pounds coming off are important BUT so are other things.

    How is the quality of your life now?

    Have you decreased or stopped taking medication that you did pre-op?

    Are you more involved in your own life, and the lives of your friends and family?

    Are you wearing a smaller size (or sizes)?

    How do YOU feel? Do you have a sense of well-being that you didn’t have pre-op?

    I think you’ll find (if you haven’t already!!) that WLS is much more than just losing those pounds but actually “Lose Weight and Find Life”!

    I’d love to hear how you’re doing.

    Best regards, Cathy

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