Thanks so much Warriorcat
I definitely want to avoid doing the yo-yo, which is the only reason I'm prepared to shell out this much money ($750
). Having seen two of the worst yo-yo dieters I've ever known lose so much weight and stabilise long term (even when they've gone back to a "normal" eating habits) has really given me a lot of faith that with some effort and changing a few life-long bad habits, I can break the cycle too.
I'm guessing this goes against what everyone is told about weight loss... but I actually think trying a regimented program will HELP me. I've never stuck to a particular diet in my life. I've lost weight before (over 15kgs) which didn't include a set diet at all, just more exercise and cutting out bad foods... but as soon as I reached my goal and relaxed it was so easy to incorporate a few bad things here and there and I felt as though I was still being "good". And over the last 12 months my weight has just crept up and up slowly again.
I know I could do it again the way I did it last time... but I think my mind needs a serious "snap" to break some bad cycles. I also feel as though I'll feel more commited to this due to the financial investment. I HAVE to take this seriously and stick to it. There's no grey area with this diet... and it sounds odd, but I think that's what I need at this point.
I'm not actually starting the program until the beginning of September because I'm going away for a long weekend and I asked them if I'm best to start now or wait until I'll be able to start the first few weeks at least without upsetting the program and they suggested I wait.
If I can do as well as your friend (and not fall off the wagon) I will be VERY happy
Thanks again for your feedback. It's always good to hear other people's stories!