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Beginning with Body, Mind & Spirit

Monday, June 17, 2013

Greetings, everyone! My name is Kate. I am 52 & married with no children. I live in Indiana and work as an RN. I have been fat my whole life and have tried just about every weight loss plan that has ever been invented. I have had varying success but have always put the weight back on, plus some more, just as everyone says. I am 5'3" and when I started this journey a few weeks ago, I weighed 261#. Although I was never actually thin, I do miss the way I felt when I was thinner than I am now. I would like to be able to ride my bike long distances again and have more energy. I'd like it if my husband and I were both more active, but I feel like a slug with all this weight on.

I quit smoking almost 4 months ago after smoking a pack a day for at least 35 years! My motivation was health-related. I'm proud of that accomplishment and I hope to use that momentum to carry me through successful lifestyle changes for weight loss. I have about 130# to lose. According to the formulas, my ideal weight is supposed to be around 120#, but I just can't imagine myself at that weight! I confess that I have little faith that I will reach 130# and will be happy if I reach 150#. I can reevaluate at that time! Either way, I need to lose about half of my body weight. I was recently diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I know this is likely weight-related. Enough is enough. I have had my thyroid removed due to cancer so that makes weight loss a little more difficult for me, but it is not impossible and I will not accept failure!

I have used the South Beach diet in recent years and lost some weight with it, but never stuck with it and the weight came back on. I tried to think of all the different diets I have tried over my life and it was disheartening. I bet folks reading this have a similar list:

1,000 calorie a day diet
Weight Trimmers
Weight Watchers
Overeaters Anonymous
The Scarsdale Diet
Fit for Life
Diet Doctor in a seedy Manhattan office who gave me some mystery injections
The Beverly Hills Diet
The Grapefruit Diet
The Cookie Diet
Fit or Fat - and the New Fit or Fat
American Heart Association Diet
The Nautilus Diet
Local Dr's Diet Center Weight Loss Program
Richard Simmons Deal-A-Meal & Sweatin to the Oldies
Dean Ornish's Eat More Weigh Less
Pritikin Diet
The Zone
Atkins Diet
South Beach Diet

Whew! I actually started thinking of bariatric surgery last month and that is a definite no-go for me!

I think the missing piece for me in my previous efforts has been doing some psychological work prior to starting the actual lifestyle changes. I have also discovered that I neglected the spiritual aspect as well. I have started using Dr. Jonny Bowden's Unleash Your Thin plan for this very reason. Phase 1/ Week 1 of the program is all about preparing your mind. I started that on May 25, 2013 and began the nutritional changes on June 1, 2013. It is a controlled carb program that I know has valid science behind it.

Why do I believe this won't simply be another name on a list of failed diets? Because I just won't let it be. By focusing on my attitudes and beliefs about food and fitness, on the spiritual aspects of how I treat this body that God gave me, and by networking with others who are on the journey as well, I know I will succeed.

My goals are to take back control of my life. Food has controlled me my entire life and I simply will not allow that to continue. I do want to lose weight, feel better, feel more energetic and lead a more active lifestyle. I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you on this journey!

In my next post, I will share the story of how God led me to the spiritual aspect of my lifestyle changes. This has made a huge difference in my life and is my secret weapon. I don't want it to be a secret, so I will share it with anyone who will listen!

Until next time, blessings to you all!
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    Good for you, Dee! My story sounds very similar except much longer since I'm 68. I began Unleash Your Thin a week and a half ago with the mental/emotional exercises, and the food part last week. I've never been very enthusiastic abiout (nor much believed in) the mental "game" aspect, but I can truly say that the exercises are extremely helpful. Good luck on "our" journey!
    1759 days ago
    Thanks for the encouragement, Dee!
    1796 days ago
    Amen! You can do it for a lifetime. Small changes, lead to big results. If you were able to quite cigs... you can conquer your eating habits too! I have faith in you.
    1800 days ago
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