Size Matters: Especially when you weigh 330lbs

 

INTRODUCTION

This is an anti-crash-dieting book. After a lifetime of dieting, I reached the devastating weight of 330 lbs. (over 23 stone). After five years of trial and error and a great deal of research and determination, I have achieved a weight loss of over 154 lbs. (11 stone).

However, this was not achieved alone. There has been a lot of help along the way: my husband David has been a loving and constant support; family, friends and colleagues have given me time and encouragement; and my bookcase is filled with inspirational self-help guides. Without a doubt, all these different factors have contributed to my successful weight loss.

Where I was once gripped with a gluttonous greed for food, I now have an overwhelming greed for knowledge and discovery. There is no shame in taking someone else’s ideas and converting them to your own needs, and I would like to acknowledge everyone who has helped me become the slim person who is writing this book today. However, that would take a book in itself.

This book is not about promoting a diet, philosophy, product or belief. It is simply a personal story that was not originally intended for publication. It has been a way of recording my journey towards a healthy weight and my efforts to ensure that there would be no return trip. Whether you need to lose 14 lbs., 50 lbs. or 150 lbs., it is still necessary to understand how you managed to become overweight in the first place. There are emotional, physical and intellectual reasons that affect our lifestyle and remembering those difficult, formative, times in our lives can sometimes be painful. I was lucky, in that I had many happy memories too. There was also the joy of discovery, the pieces of the jigsaw falling into place.

Along the way I have travelled a very steep learning curve. For instance, I came to appreciate the power of that little word NO. Instinctively we want to fit in, to have people like and accept us, and so we say YES, but trying to please everyone is stressful and unrewarding. The satisfaction of eating a bar of chocolate is nothing compared to the satisfaction I feel now when I say NO to eating one. I can now say NO to many things that have caused me harm, though I have had to learn to say it graciously.