I’ve been “the fat kid” my whole life. Since early childhood, “fat” just became my identity. I became a scholar, in large part, because studying was done sitting down. I also like to paint, do needlework, and rock babies, all things you can excel at without getting out of your chair. In my 65 years, I have tried every known weight loss method except Phen-Fen and shots of pregnant women’s urine. Some of the methods I tried were successful for varying lengths of time. Meanwhile, I’ve had chronic backaches, left ventricular hypertrophy, a few knee surgeries, and chronic acne, and was pretty sure I would be on C-PAP and blood pressure meds forever, not be able to climb stairs or walk very far, and need a nap every day. My dresses were size 24WP, and even some of those were too tight.
I really started this way of eating because it was important to Billie. I didn’t have much confidence in it, and I figured “what’s one more attempt?”My first few weeks were during a road trip; it was surprisingly easy. When I started on the second phase, I was on a Bermuda cruise. Again, pretty easy to get the food I needed, and still eat at the dinner table with our cruise companions, And after that, I followed the program during hotel stays at a few conventions. Who loses weight on vacation? This girl, apparently!
Now, I really love what we (my husband and I) are eating. I’m enjoying the real flavors of foods, without masking them with sugar, salt and oil. I’m finding favorite Nutritarian recipes, too, and never seem to run out of new things to try. There is plenty for me to experiment with in the kitchen. I love that we don’t have to weigh and measure food. We’re given minimums of nutritious foods to eat daily, but no maximums.
The daily messages from my coach, both e-mails and texts, are uplifting and helpful. They do keep me focused on what’s important. And when I need it, personal guidance is always just a text away.
By just following directions, one day at a time, I’ve gone from “morbidly obese” (that means you’re gonna die from it) to merely “overweight.” It’s possible that I may get into the Insurance Company “normal” weight range. But if I remain simply “not obese,” and without weight-induced medical problems, I’m perfectly happy. Check with me in a few years, but, because it is comfortable, great tasting, and pretty easy to do, right now I believe that this new eating style is sustainable for me. Nothing else ever has been.