This is my story.
One day I pulled into the carpark of my local shopping centre and as I was getting some letters ready to post, a man in a car pulled up next to me. He was a big guy. The first thing he did was to reach down to put his seat back from the steering wheel. He struggled to get his arm down the side of his body. When this was done he slowly struggled to turn in his seat so that both his legs were out of the car, because he was too fat to stand on just one leg. Then he hauled himself upright. By this time he was puffing and panting and red in the face. As I watching him waddle away I realised a couple of things. He was not much older than me (I am 47 now) and that I would be just like that in 5-6 years if I didn't do something about it. That man was me in the very near future.
At a recent visit to the Doctor, I had been told my blood pressure was 'high'. I had never had high blood pressure in my life. At my weight and height and age, I was morbidly obese. This meant I was so fat, that I was killing myself. I had done this to myself, no-one had done this to me. Each piece of food I put in my mouth was put there BY ME. I was responsible for my body, and my body was not good.
I am a short person - 158cm tall (5' 2") and I weighed 109kg. When I stood up, my arms didn't hang by my side, they sat out over the fat and hung in the air. I had no double chin, but I did have a double bum - yep, that's right - under my real bum was another bum with its own fold. The only good thing about my body was that I was one of those solid-kind of fat people. That was the good thing! Solid fat!
I had in the past tried many diets and diet programs and I had failed them all. Yes, I had failed them
. I had lost some weight, then for whatever pathetic reason, had given up. This time I knew I had to make it work, or die.
My spouse had told me of a work-mate, who with his wife, had gone on the Atkins diet and had lost an amazing amount. I went and bought the book, read it from cover to cover and decided to give it a try.
I lost 13kg in 10 days - an amazing amount, but I knew this was water loss, not fat
, and that if I had gone back to my usual diet the weight would go straight back on, probably in 10 days! I never felt hungry, but it was a difficult diet to stick to. The boost I got from the initial weight loss was wonderful, and I kept going. My Doctor was amazed that at the end of 2 weeks, that my blood pressure had dropped to the middle of the 'normal' range.
This is not a diet for everyone, but it was definitely the diet for me. One of the things it did was switch off the switch in my head - you know, the one that keeps you thinking about what you are going to have for your next meal, what you are going to prepare for tea, what snack you can eat, what food you have to buy... yes, THAT one. I would get a hunger pang and notice it was 2.00 and that I had forgotten about lunch. I had forgotten to eat!!! I always thought people who said that were pretentious (skinny) liars.
I lost 28 kg over 9 months - getting myself through the times when weight loss stopped completely (and it will, no matter what diet you are on...) by looking at the size 24 clothes that now hung off me, and remembering the man getting out of the car, and my high blood pressure. I have not put the weight back on.
That was 2 years ago, and I am now ready for the next 20 kilo loss to bring me to my goal weight. I have set realistic time-scales for my weight loss, and will never again count weeks and how much I should be able to lose by the wedding/family function/whatever. That is a recipe for disaster. It took me 47 years to get this fat, so I don't expect to be at my goal weight in 3 months! 3 years is fine. If I get there before that time, it is all good.
This time I am trying a low-fat, low GI diet, which is really a modified Atkins diet, that is, an Atkins diet with less fat and more vegetable matter. I started looking around for a support forum and found this one. It looks good. I'll see ya round.
(I want to make it clear, however, that I am not a promoter of the Atkins diet - this was the diet that I found worked best for ME. It doesn't work for a lot of people and is difficult to stick to, as there is no room for straying off the diet. None. It is absolutley, positively NOT the diet for anyone who needs to lose 10kg fast, before the wedding or whatever. This is a long-term diet which needs strict adherence to work. In the early days, the cravings for sugar and carbohydrates are just terrible and unless you are as pig-headed/terrified as I was, you will do more damage than good if you start this diet and fail to keep going. If you are interested, go and buy the book and read it ALL. Do not attempt the diet without reading the entire book. If you ask me for advice on the diet, I will tell you to go and buy the book and read it ALL.)