Just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.
I am 38 years old and I have 32kg to lose. I have tried lots of diets and just got fatter. I have finally realised that I am seriously hooked on food. I don't eat because I have "issues" or so that I will gain weight to hide from the world. I eat because I love food food food. I love the taste, texture and smell of food. I love the sight of it. I love cooking it, eating it, shopping for it and talking about it. I have reached a point where I deny myself nothing now and that is really really unhealthy.
So in an effort to address my unhealthy attitude to food I am doing Optifast. I know that Optifast is despised by many (Opticrap, Optiyuck etc) but I believe that it will be my salvation. You see, if you have a problem with alcohol, cigarettes or drugs you can just stop using them. Unfortunately you can't do that with food - you still have to eat. By having Optifast it removes choice for me and it also stops me from having to have anything to do with food. I am doing the intensive phase now (just wrapping up day 3) and I intend to do that until I get down to under 100kg. I was 112.7kg when I started. Then I will slowly reintroduce food one meal at a time. This will give me a chance to adjust and get real about food choices and portion sizes.
By the way, I actually love the Optifast food. My favourite shake is vanilla and I am so in love with the chocolate bars that I fantasize about them - they are scrummy. Weird I know.
I am not finding this hard at all. Having said that I am still in the honeymoon phase and there is always the chance that Optifast and I will have a lovers tiff - I doubt it though.
Anyway, that is my situation. I look forward to meeting you all around the board.