Jan overcame her doubts and lost 19 kilosIn 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!
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!
What our readers say...
"Dear Dr Amanda, I heard your interview on the Margaret Throsby show late last year (2008) and I was convinced that you had finally uncovered the secret. However, it has been so slow a process for me that I have wondered if I were the exception that proves the rule. I realized that I often ate when not hungry and did not get enough steps in my days. I have grown to listen to and trust by body, and do my best with the steps, working on an average for a week. In the five months since November I have lost 2 kilograms and I believe that these will stay off. I believe I need to lose about 8 kilos. But as I put the weight on in small 1/4 kilo increments, this must be the healthy way take it off. I am 56 and thought that perhaps the middle age spread was my destiny, as I believed that I ate well and went to the gym regularly but without losing anything. I have recommended your method, book and website to many even though I was a little concerned that I was not actually losing. I work as an academic, so value both the research and evidence based approach, and the guilt free philosophy. Well done! And thank you. "