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 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."