I am NOT a registered dietitian or a nutrition expert. I am also not slim, or even thin. I am average, and after struggling to lose weight for decades, average is a very satisfying thing to be.
Once upon a time, I wore a size 18 (pictured at right in a TERRIBLE outfit I thought camouflaged my size). Now I wear an 8 (scroll down to see a current pic of me). There are people who weigh far more than I did, but just like someone who is much, much larger, I felt defeated by my inability to have the body I wanted. Fat is frustrating, whether it’s ten tenacious pounds more than you want to carry around or two hundred.
I’ve tried every diet known to man: the grapefruit diet, Ayds candy (what an unfortunate name), Slim Fast, the Scarsdale Diet, Fen-Fen (so glad that was only for a short time), Jenny Craig, the liquid diet, Weight Watchers, low carbs, high protein, no fat, low fat, calorie counting, the South Beach Diet, Lean Cuisine, the Master Cleanse, Nutrisystem, meal replacements, appetite suppressants from the drug store, and the diet-for-six-days-and-then-eat-whatever-you-want-on-the-seventh-day plan.
I spent hundreds of dollars on two different medically supervised weight loss plans – one through a hospital – that required me to buy all kinds of diet shakes, soups and bars from them.
I tried all of these methods because I just knew that the next one would be the one that worked, the one that would magically transform my body into the smaller, slimmer size I so desperately wanted it to be.
Crashing and burning
Sometimes I did lose weight on a diet, but the loss was never long-lasting. More often, I’d crash and burn, capping the failed attempt at i with a disgusting binge, eating junk food until I was so full I felt nauseated.
The last diet I tried involved eating a special pudding (which I had to make) four times a day for four or five days before moving into another phase. By day three, I was ready to vomit whenever I just looked at the pudding.
The day I threw away the last diet book I bought was the day I started to really figure out how to make the changes I wanted to make. I began losing weight and I’ve kept it off for years. I know what works.
And get this: I lost the weight after the age of 45, when it’s supposed to be much harder to lose weight. So stop using your age – whatever it is – as an excuse for remaining fat.
You can do this. You can get to your HAPPY BODY, and it’s not going to require suffering, or superhuman willpower. You will have to put some effort into it.
The plain truth
Here’s what you’re not going to want to hear: if you are serious about losing weight and getting healthier, you will have to make permanent changes in the way you eat and move. The biggest change you need to make will be in your mind, in the way you think about food and eating.
Here’s what you will want to hear: The changes will be incremental. In other words, baby steps. I will walk you through it, step by baby step, because now that the scales have fallen from my eyes and I see the diet industry for the greedy charlatan that it is, I want to help you see it, too. My way is not about deprivation. I eat food that tastes good. I also still do drink beer and eat pizza, but now those are occasional treats. There is nothing on my “no fly” food list except snacks high in refined sugar, and even those I indulge in once in a while. I’m human. The difference between now and in the past is that eating in a healthy way has become a habit. It’s not something I have to fight to get right; the patterns are already in place.
The good news is: you’re really good at forming habits – that’s probably how you got to be overweight in the first place! All you have to do is replace the bad ones with some good ones.
I’m going to help you with that. I have finally developed a healthy, normal relationship with food, and I want the same for you.
I write plays, fiction and nonfiction. Also songs, which I sing with an Irish/pop/rock band I co-founded, McLaughlin’s Alley. We play gigs all over southeast Michigan.
My published work includes:
- The New Old Maid: Satisfied Single Women (nonfiction)
- Palm Tree Pipe Dreams (novel)
- Twelve Short Plays that You Can Do for Free: One-Act Stage Plays with no Licensing Fees
- Monologues for Actors (that directors aren’t sick of hearing)
My full-length plays include:
Find out more about McLaughlin’s Alley at:
- Click here to listen to our music on YouTube.
- Click here for “When I Can’t Sleep” – I song I wrote and a video starring George Clooney.