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Jan overcame her doubts and lost 19 kilos

In October 2008 I was delighted to receive an e-mail from a woman named Jan telling me of her experiences in losing weight with The Don't Go Hungry Diet.

One of the things I find inspiring in Jan's e-mail is that even though she doubted whether connecting with her body would work for her, she "felt the fear and did it anyway".

As you'll read in Jan's e-mail, which she has kindly allowed me to share with you, she's certainly glad she took the plunge!

From: Jan
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 20:41:40
To: Dr Amanda Sainsbury-Salis
Subject: My Story

Dear Dr Amanda,

I first heard you being interviewed on Margaret Throsby's morning interview, having tried and succeeded in losing weight, then regaining it, plus more. I wondered if this could be the answer. I certainly agreed with the logic, listen to your body and to live while you are losing, but could I do it?

I am 66 years old and have tried most diets, all of which worked but were impracticable as they were not sustainable. I commenced your approach in April '08 and have lost 14 kilos; I need to lose about 30 kilos [in total].

One of my problems is that I am an "all or nothing" person, meaning, that being a rather fanatical person I am either staunchly on a "diet" or with a "to hell with it" attitude. As you can imagine I have had to change my thinking - a lot. Sometimes I find myself looking up calorie values etcetera and now that I am really feeling the weight loss wanting to weigh myself more often.

With exercising, I commenced using a walking machine and tried to achieve 8,000 steps in day. I have now hit the pavements and at night top up to 12,000 steps on the walking machine if needed.

As you can see I am on the way and want to thank you for your book and inspiration. Your monthly newsletter helps keeps me on track and a friend and I are going to book for your Brisbane session. I look forward to meeting you."

It was wonderful to meet Jan in real life at my Brisbane workshop and to hear a bit more about her journey. Seven months after starting The Don't Go Hungry Diet, she has now lost an impressive 19 kilos.

I look forward to staying in touch with Jan to help her successfully navigate the transition from weight loss to permanent weight maintenance.

Watch this space for more of Jan's story!
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What our readers say...

"Dear Amanda, Just wanted to say Hi before Christmas and let you know how I’ve been getting on. I am pleased to say that since I was at your workshop in May and started e-mail coaching with you I have lost 5 kilos. I know it may not seem like a huge amount in 6 months but don’t forget I hadn’t been able to lose 2 kilos and keep it off in about 7 years of dieting. The six months has also been quite a learning journey for me. I did take quite some time to really change old habits and adjust to a new way of eating and thinking. After some rigorous diary keeping I soon came to realize that I was still managing to squeeze into my diet quite a few foods that were not “real” foods. Crackers here and a couple of biscuits there when I wasn’t hungry. As I used the diary to really look at what I was eating, I also noticed that over the course of a week I might of only had 5-6 pieces of fruit, or gone a few days where my main meal had only a side serve of veggies/salad. And I noticed toast and crackers popping up everywhere in my diary. Now I feel I have a working understanding of “real” foods in my diet. I notice days when I don’t eat 2-3 pieces of fruit and a large salad/veggies. When I am ready to eat a snack I plan to have some lovely fresh fruit or yogurt, or a little cheese with celery/carrot. I’m not keeping the diary any longer in terms of satiety, but I still write down what I eat during the day and check every few days to ensure bad habits are not coming back. So thanks for the journey this year. I feel I am well on my way and will let you know when I lose the next 5 kilos! Hope you and the family have a great Christmas."

- Carolyn, Melbourne, VIC