Just realized I have joined this forum and not introduced myself.
I have been a yo-you dieter all my life. My first diet that I could remember was Weight Watchers(WW) back in 1972, I was in the 5th grade. Over the years I think I have joined WW 20 times. Every time I joined my starting weight was higher then the starting weight before. Every year WW changes the program on January 1, and by Feb 1 I would lose focus, learning new programs every year was my downfail.
When I step away from the WW program I tried other programs that were less successful. One's that now sound rediculous, pills that made me feel bad, Richard Simmons DEAL-A-MEAL (did this one 3 times), and more. I was successful with WW in 1990, reaching 140 pounds by losing over 120 pounds. My goal, imposed by WW was 115 pounds. I was the same height then, as I am now. CK says my goal should have the upper limit of 133. After fighting to get into the 130's then for over 6 months, I gave up....and in 3 years I gained back the 120 pounds plus 20 more.
After a while I figured out that this 'Weight Loss' Industry is just that...an industry. A way to continually make money off of ME. In 2005, I have had enough....so I looked into another investment for myself. I had great thoughts that this one will work....all of the positive results...and medically it made a lot of sense. Surgery....but my insurance would not cover it. So I plan to financed it. I could not afford the gastric bypass which the doctor recommended because my BMI was too high for the LapBand Surgery. So I went on a liquid diet to get my BMI down to a number where the doctor believed will get my BMI low enough for the Lapband surgury (which I could afford to finance).
I remember that I had to get my weight down from 310 to 290 before I could have the surgery...I was focus and made that happen. Well I did not figure in the cost for the adjustments to the lapband as well. This put a financial strain on the family. I did not get the last adjustment but got down to the 280's before I lost hope once again. The surgery was working for everyone else....not me. I was not losing quickly at all, lucky to see a pound or two. Today I know why, eventhough I could only eat 1/2 cup per meal, and had to eat 6 meals a day, it was hard to determine what a 1/2 of food was....I did not want to smash my food into a measuring cup to figure that out. Second, the food quality mattered. I could get a Baby Ruth bar to fit in half a cup. Third, my body stayed in starvation mode, the stress was not on how many calorie to be eatten. I have never learned how to eat right with all the different diet plans I have been on...who would know.
This failure played a lot with my emotions. To the point where I declared to take time off indefinitely. I was so tired of all my focus being on my weight, and watching my weight go in the wrong direction day in and day out. While I was on diet vacation, I would weigh in every week, then I noticed that if I weigh in everyday, the weekly increases slowed down. Hence now I believe in everyday weighing.
Early this year my doctor stated that my diabetes was getting worst. I was complaining about back and knee pain, and I could not walk 500 feet without a need to sit down. The doctor stated that he will need to increase my meds in 3 months, if I did not make any improvements with my weight, he stated that the next step would be insulin shots. OK...that woke me up. That ended the 'diet vacation' attitude, I need a life-style change on a program I can afford because I am also working on becoming debt free.
Well as you are aware, the choice I made was CK. One of the best decision I have made. I am happy that I found this method. No tricks, affordable, and it is working. On my 3 month visit, my numbers have started to improve all the way around. I can walk a futher distance before back pain. The knee pain is being worked on.
Again I am happy to be here. My real goal is to not be obese for the rest of my life and to be healthier than I have been in the past. Retirement is about 12 years away, I want to be outgoing when I retire, not complaining about aches and pains.
I can do this...I know I can. It takes time & patience.
Feb: -6.6, Mar:-6.1, Apr: -7.1 [300.2], May: -1.0
CW [5/29] - 299.2
6/1-50lb - 292
IW[10%] - 282
Last Edited: 8:28am PDT, May 29th 2012