I have had a weight problem since I was 13 years of age. I have tried every type of diet out there - all of them ended up in failure.
Last July, nearly a year ago, I took a trip to Paris with my family. I weighed 350 pounds.
With this kind of a weight problem, I had lived in my own little world - between work and my home. I existed within a small circle.
The trip to France posed new challenges and brought me face to face with my weight issues.
I made the decision on July 18th, 2005 that I'd had enough. After barely being able to fit in an airplane seat, having great difficulty keeping up with my family in Paris, the severe pain in my massive body and the lack of energy and self esteem, just made me say - this is it!
With tears of pain and anguish pouring down my face in that Paris hotel, I made the decision to give up everything I loved - the ice cream, the garlic bread, the mashed potatoes and the chocolate. I figured that had to be the key. Lo and behold, the weight started to pour off.
Three months later in November, a friend gave me Caroline Sutherland's book, the Body Knows Diet - Cracking the weight Loss Code. I realized that the program that I was following was exactly what was outlined in this book only I didn't know why it was working. The Body Knows Diet brought me the missing pieces and the explanation why I had experienced a lifetime of cravings and why food allergies, yeast and hormone imbalances were the root of my problems.
Following this program has liberated me from food, and it has given me back my power and self-esteem. I feel good about myself.
A huge part of my success comes from listening - every night to Caroline's CD in the back of the book. I even listen to it during the day when I do one of my favorite crafts - bead work.
The CD keeps me on track and motivated toward my goal weight of 160 pounds. I know I can do it.
I have now lost 112 pounds. I'm ecstatic! These are some of my successes:
I can now fit into a chair with arms, I can tie up my shoes, squat down, get up from the floor without crawling and I can even cross my legs for the first time in many years!
My blood pressure has returned to normal, I no longer have pain in my back and my legs. I used to have to go to bed when I came home from work - I was so exhausted. Now I have boundless energy and I can go out with my friends. I even took a boat cruise last week.
I had to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. I will have to do that again when I lose another 50 pounds. Last week, I bought a pair of pants with a zipper instead of an elastic waistband - that's a first!
When I took a bath, I used to put 6 inches of water in the bathtub and it would be full with my body in it. Now I can put 18 inches of water in the tub and fit into it very comfortably.
All these things are breakthroughs for me. They may seem small to you but to an overweight person, they are huge milestones. If I can do it, you certainly can.
~ Mimi Losier
St Catharines Ontario