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Anne wins her race

"I started dieting when I was about 15 and have tried every diet known to man. While some diets worked in the short term, long term they haven't provided me with a way of managing my weight.

In April 2008 I weighed 83.6 kilos, the heaviest I have ever been. I decided to start a 12-month coaching programme with Amanda. Her approach of listening to your body's needs made sense. As well it was important to me to have ongoing face-to-face support.

My weight loss has been modest. I've lost about 5 kilos over nine months and am targeting 6-7 kilos for the year. I'm very happy with this and believe that as long as I can either maintain or lose weight I'm winning i.e. I'm in control of my weight."

~Anne, 57, Balmain NSW

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"Dear Amanda, I recently read your book a second time. The first time I read it, I was impressed but it took me another year before I was ready to seriously have a go. I am now on my third month of keeping a success diary. I have lost 4 kg, 3 in the first month and 1 in the second. I always have eaten a relatively healthy diet but I have had to learn to leave food on my plate. We grow a lot of our own food and I am a dedicated cook, so it was hard to get used to the idea that throwing food away was actually less wasteful than eating it when I have had enough. That was a big challenge, but I think I can do it now. Keeping the success diary has made me more aware of when I am up to 3+ and I can stop before I get to 4+. I was a bit disappointed to only lose 1 kg in March but encouraged by all the stories in your book and in your newsletter that losing weight slowly is the way to lose it for ever. I wonder if the slow down in weight loss is evidence of the Famine reaction setting in? In the past I would have been so discouraged at this point that I would have given up the diet. But this isn’t really a diet that I can give up, but a whole different way of thinking about eating. The really big difference to my weight loss attempts this time is that I got the exercise component. I never found ‘going for a walk’ very meaningful, so now I park the car 2kms away from the shops or wherever I am going and walk 2kms there and 2kms back, which feels more meaningful to me. I think in the past I didn’t walk for long enough to experience the benefits of walking and gave up on it because it was time consuming and pointless. Now I have lost weight and sleep better and feel more energetic. I am addicted to my pedometer and try to do 12, 000 steps 4 times a week and 10,000 the other days. I really think this is why I have been able to lose weight this time, more meaningful than my eating patterns. Thank you for your work and I look forward to reading the new book when it is finished. Sally"

- Sally, Forth, Tasmania