Welcome Shineapple and Ginny,
Shrink Yourself is very unlike any diet program. It does not have an eating plan. Nothing you have done before is likely to at all compare. I can not imagine it possibly being a waste of money--- and I have spent many hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, on diet and fitness related books and products in the past.
I had dieted before and had had success at losing, but always gained it back (and then some.) It wasn't until I did the Shrink Yourself program that I realized I was an emotional eater and learned what to do about it. (And I, like several others who've done the SY program, am a mental health professional--- many of us who thought ourselves so educated and so introspective have learned we really have avoided alot of our own feelings.) Many of the concepts are totally different than anything talked about in any diet program. In fact--- they probably run counter to some of what is taught in diet program. Shrink Yourself emphasizes learning to allow yourself to feel your feelings and cope with them more directly instead of eat.
I started the online program, read the book during the middle of the online program, and highly recommend doing both. It doesn't matter which one you start first.
For me, I "devoured" the book, and having the online program not allowing me to go more than one lesson per week was helpful in really applying the concepts. The forum at SY is very active as well. So I really highly recommend the online program.
In fact, I just posted on the forum for the online program a long post reflecting on all the progress I've made because of the program--- as I'm one of a few who have chosen not to let my program end but to extend my membership there and have now stayed for a whole year.
If anyone has an interest in me extolling all the benefits and progress I've had from doing the SY online program for a year, let me know and I'll re-post it here.
SW 8/1/08 229.
| current weight: 153.0