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Day 12: The Dark Knight Reveals a Surprise

Good morning, thanks for coming back.  To help those of you who haven’t read my previous bogs, I am 61 yrs old and 50 pounds overweight; I’m the classic weak willed fat guy.  Having failed at all other attempts to lose weight and keep it off, I decided to go on a quest to find a weight loss program that wouldn’t require any undue effort or sacrifice.  In the end I decided to try a self hypnosis weight loss program and, after doing my research, I chose the “Hypnotize Your Body” program from Success Hypnosis.  I’m using this blog as a journal of my experience.

Yesterday was a good day, my new attitude towards food seems to be continuing.  Still no urges I need to resist and I am still making choices, naturally, that involve healthier foods and smaller portions yet I do feel satisfied after I eat.   Still, that’s not the cool thing that happened yesterday.  I went to a matinee yesterday to watch The Dark Knight, and what a great movie it is.  It was everything it was cracked up to be and more.  I love going to the movie and always have the largest tub of popcorn and a diet cola.  As a kid I loved the bon-bons too but gave those up years ago along with Raisenettes and Good’n ‘n Plentys.  I might be tempted but unfortunately my credit card has a limit and getting all those at once would probably put me over the limit.  Anyway, I chose the regular size, a smaller tub, which is a first for me.  Still, that conscious choice, although I really didn’t want the large one, could simply have been me “trying” to have this weight loss program work so I’m not going to credit it to the self hypnosis CD.

What surprised me, is what happened next.  I am, by nature, a power eater.  I eat popcorn by the handful, not by the piece.  I’ve been criticized for eating too fast since I was a kid.  I grew up with two brothers and a sister and I think this started when I realized that “seconds” went to the first one to finish and Rice-a-Roni didn’t make enough seconds for everyone.   Anyway, I usually make short work of the popcorn, finishing it within the first few minutes of the show.  Yesterday, even though I was engrossed in the movie and was eating unconsciously,  about half way through the tub, I suddenly realized I was eating more slowly, piece by piece and actually chewing each one.  The tub didn’t come close to making it through the entire 2.5 hours but it did make it longer than an hour and, for me, that is unheard of.   What’s important here, is that this just happened,  I never told myself “ok eat more slowly” or “eat one piece at a time and slow down”.  I just sat down with my popcorn and proceeded to eat it while focusing all my attention on the screen.

This really pleased me because it was really the first indisuptible proof that the Hypnotize Your Body CD was working because i didn’t even know the change had occurred until well into the tub.  I’m a long way from success but yesterday represents a milestone of sorts to me.  Proof of a change in my unconscious behavoir in a clearly defined area of eating.  That’s it for today…




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Day 11: The Self Hypnosis Weight Loss Program Seems to be Working

Good morning, thanks for coming back.  To help those of you who haven’t read my previous bogs, I am 61 yrs old and 50 pounds overweight; I’m the classic weak willed fat guy.  Having failed at all other attempts to lose weight and keep it off, I decided to go on a quest to find a weight loss program that wouldn’t require any undue effort or sacrifice.  In the end I decided to try a self hypnosis weight loss program and, after doing my research, I chose the “Hypnotize Your Body” program from Success Hypnosis I’m using this blog as a journal of my experience.

Yesterday was an interesting day for my “not a diet”.  I repeated the “Curb Your Cravings & Feel Full Fast” CD.  Same for this morning.  I want to make sure this one is solid and don’t feel any obstacles or lack of motivation… yet.  The cravings have definitely diminished. Actually, let me be more specific.  It seems that they’re actually gone for the most part.  What used to be cravings, are more like thoughts but without much behind them.  I’ll try to explain what I mean because, at least to me, it’s interesting.

The evening has historically been the worst for me when it comes to eating.  Like I already described, I’m a grazer… just eating odd items be it chips or popcorn… hotdogs or leftovers.  If I make a dinner like spaghetti, I’ll snack on it from dinner to bedtime.  I get a craving for a few more bites so I take them, again and again.  Now, the thought “hmm am I hungry, should I get something to eat?” still occurs, but not as often.  What’s really different is that, there really isn’t any craving behind the question.  It seems to be more intellectual and less physical.  What’s more, when I consider it, the answer is coming back “nope.. not really hungry.”  When I do feel hungry, I am getting a lot more picky about what I eat and how much I take.

Last night, about 11 pm I got hungry.  I had a chicken breast for dinner (it totally satisfied my hunger at the time).  There was a lot of stuff around that I could have eaten.  Two or three peanunt butter sandwiches would have been the order of the day back when or a few hot dogs.  The only thing I could find that seemed to hit the spot was a bunch of baby carrots I had sitting around for a while.  I ate em with some ranch dressing for a dip and actually enjoyed it.   Lemme tell you, that is a big change for a PB&J and chili dog kind of guy.

I notice I’m also drinking quite a bit more water and iced tea (artifically sweetened).  I got through more of the CD yesterday and drinking more fluids was part of what was being said.  This morning, I didn’t make it all the way through again… the CD is just so darned relaxing and enjoyable.  I have to admit, it’s most pleasurable to take half an hour and to just listen to her soothing voice and relax.

So, I’m doing my best to make sure I’m not trying here.  I know I want this to work but, so far I’m being faithful to my pledge to not try.  I’ve considered eating things that would likely cause me to gain rather than lose and would if the spirit moved me.  In fact, I keep checking and considering but, at least so far, I just can’t muster the desire to go there.  This is a HUGE change from before when I would try my best to resist then, eventually give in.

I’m a long way from declaring victory but the initial signs are not only encouraging to me, but have me exploring new territory when it comes to my diet and, so far, it’s a natural transition and not something I am forcing.

I am going shopping today though, I need to have a bigger selection of foods for me to choose from.  The carrots are gone and I have no vegetables in the freezer.  I was thinking last night how good some steamed broccoli.  I will weight myself on Monday and report on progress or lack thereof.



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Day 10: I Try the First Weight Loss CD

Good morning, and thanks for coming back.  To help those of you who haven’t read my previous bogs, I am 61 yrs old and 50 pounds overweight. Having failed at all other attempts to lose weight and keep it off, I decided to go on a quest to find a weight loss program that wouldn’t require any undue effort or sacrifice.  In the end I decided to try a self hypnosis weight loss program and, after doing my research, I chose the “Hypnotize Your Body” program from Success Hypnosis.  I’m using this blog as a journal of my experience.

Well, the CD’s arrived in yesterday’s mail and they certainly met my expectations.  I guess I always have a bit of nervousness when buying over the internet from someone other than a large, well known source like newegg.com or like that.  Anyway, Included was my three CD’s in a triple CD jewel case, obviously professionally produced and a very nice little glossy 6 page brochure containing 18 suggestions or helpful tips as to how to make the most of these CD’s.

Some of the suggestions are a repeat of commonly known things to do for proper nutrition and health but some are new…. to me anyway.  The idea of putting away the scale for a period of time is a new one on me and one I’m not going to heed simply because I want to let you know if I actually am able to lose weight without trying.   By the way, so far, since committing myself to the process of not trying, you’d be proud of how well I’ve done.  I haven’t even felt like trying once so I feel as if I’m on the right track.

I was also delighted to see, once again, the invitation to contact the company for support.  I didn’t expect a high degree of support since this is a “self-hypnosis” weight loss program but here’s what it says.  “If you have any questions about using our hypnosis CDs, please email us at xxxxx or call us at xxxxx. All questions are kept confidential and will be answered by an experienced Hypnotherapist specializing in weight loss.”

I am so used to being promised service then not getting it, it’s quite the surprise to find a company offering support they didn’t even advertise.

So, it was time to try the first one… I’d been anxiously awaiting the moment so I didn’t want to wait.  I arranged for some alone time with my wife and daughter sequestered myself in my office and put in the first one, the “Control Your Cravings & Feel Full Fast” CD, tilted back in my high backed executive type chair, put on my headsets and officially launched my new weight loss plan.

What an interesting experience!  Amazing is a better word for it.  I’ve never done hypnosis before so I really didn’t know what to expect but it was actually quite pleasant.  I can only recall about half the session as I was… I guess… asleep through the last half.  It was a very relaxing experience.  The hypnotist’s voice is incredibly soothing to listen to.   There’s some very nice background music and the whole sound is very pleasurable to listen to.  She’s definitely got a gift for it and it’s obviously a professionally mastered recording.  During the part I remember, my mind was clear but my body was relaxing more and more.  I noticed this most as I felt my jaw drop and my mouth open.  I’m glad no one was watching as I probably looked like an idiot.

I found my mind wandering a bit but the voice on the CD said that was ok and that I didn’t even have to listen to the words as my subconscious was going to be listening.  That was comforting and made the experience more enjoyable.  Anyway, most of what I do remember was the relaxing part so I can’t really tell you what was said about losing weight.  The next thing I remember is hearing the voice telling me that I was waking up and sure enough I was… so whatever she was doing must have worked to some degree as it ended the way it seemed like it was supposed to, with me waking up.  After the session, I felt good.  Even though it was only half an hour, I felt calm and rested and overall very good.  Next I went on with my day and just observed for any possible sign of the CD’s effect on my eating habits.

As I have said, I’m not going to “try” in the traditional sense on this weight loss program, I’m simply going to see what, if any changes occur.  I’m pleased to report that I did notice some positive differences and I attribute them to the session.   They were subtle to be sure, but they were also significant enough for me to know it wasn’t me accidently trying to “be on a diet.”

My particular eating habits are probably as bad as it gets.  I am normally the type of person who grazes more than eating formal meals and the evening is when I do most of my eating.  Some nights we do an official dinner and some nights we just eat out of the fridge and cupboards using the microwave.   Hot dogs are a staple as they take about 30 seconds to make and are great fun to eat.  We always keep some Chili without beans in the fridge as well to make chili dogs on order.

Well, last night, it turned out, was a night when we were going to be eating separately so it was up to me to decide what to make to eat. Normallly, I would have gone with 3 or 4 chili dogs or a couple of hamburgers (we keep frozen hamburger patties in the freezer – 3 minutes to make a hamburger).  I thought about it but it just didn’t sound good to me… I simply didn’t want either one.  That was very different indeed.  It wasn’t like I was supposed to resist them or anything like that, it just wasn’t what I wanted at the moment, a very natural decision but not what I would have expected from myself.  I tossed around a few other ideas, like a can of chili or making some spaghetti but they didn’t hit the spot either.  What did sound good to me was one of my tuna salads, lettuce, sliced tomato, can of tuna, canola oil, italian seasoning, black pepper, can of tuna in water (drained) and parmesian cheese.  I always enjoy eating them but they are a little more labor intensive than a bunch of chili dogs but last night, that is what I wanted to eat and it was great.

As the evening wore on, I found myself still having thoughts about grazing some more as commercials or other things triggered that old habit but I never could land on what might be good.  Popcorn, a usual sure thing again, just didn’t catch my fancy so I ended up going to bed without eathing anything else for the evening.  I just drank my iced tea and that was it.

For breakfast this morning, I went with my usual mini-wheats and 1% milk but took a smaller portion than I usually do.  I usually pour myself about 2 1/2 cups of cereal.  Today I guess I did about 1 cup.  It just seemed like the right amount.  Now, I’ve taken smaller portions before, more time than I care to remember, but it has always been a “should” rather than a “this looks about right” so that was a subtle difference.  More importantly, I usually have to resist having a second or even a third bowl but today, the one serving did the trick.  It’s been a few hours and I haven’t felt like I wanted something else.

Now, these don’t feel to me like huge changes but they are real differences and suggest to me that the CD did have some effect.   I sure don’t feel like I am being controlled or really any different at all though but I guess that’s what I’m looking for… positive change that doesn’t feel like change at all.

Still, one day does not a weight loss program make and I am far from through not trying on this one.   There is a world of fattening, greasy, sweet and delicious foods our there just waiting for me to not try to resist so I will press onward and report here.  Today I’m going to do the same CD again, for reinforcement, then tomorrow, I will move on to one of the others.

Oh.. one last thing… I am delighted to report that, so far… I’ve not been tempted to stick my hands in my arm pits, flap my imaginary wings and walk around the house clucking like a chicken… so I apparently dodged the bullet on that one too.



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Day 8: Awaiting Delivery of My Self-Hypnosis Weight Loss Program

Welcome back.  Nice to see you again. Well, my “Hypnotize Your Body” weight loss program CD’s should be showing up any day now and I can’t wait to get started.  I’ve already got myself psyched to get going but, remaining good to my word, I haven’t made any real changes in my eating habits while I await delivery.  I think I am being more thoughtful about how I feel and have cut back on what I would call “mindless eating” and I’ve gotten more aware of how I eat.  To catch you up if you missed my previous blogs, I have decided to try self-hypnosis to lose the extra 50 pounds I am carrying around since all else has failed. After much research, I settled on the “Hypnotize Your Body” program which is offered by Success Hypnosis.  Website is SuccessHypnosis.com.  I will report here on my success, or … heaven forbid, my failure.  I’ve laid out my personal rules in previous posts.

I’ve also done some thinking about being fat.  PS: I don’t use that word when describing my self to my friends.  To them, I’m just a little overweight.  Still, when I think about me, fat is the word that comes to mind.

There are two things that strike me most when I look in the mirror.  One is how old that guy in the mirror looks and two is that he’s fat.  I think the fat part is harder to live with.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get used to seeing the old man in the mirror.  It’s been that way for years but it also doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the fat part.  It really bothers me to see me in this shape and it depresses me that I have been unable to turn it around.

For the most part, I like who I am.  I love what I do and do it well, at least I think I do still, there isn’t a day that goes by that I am not aware I am fat and that is so troubling because I just haven’t been able to change my relationship with food and fitness to make it any different.   I am putting a lot of hope into this self-hypnosis weight loss program and, even though I am committed to not forcing change, I am more than ready for it.

Oh, I think I told you that I got an email from the folks at “Hypnotize Your Body” giving me things to do and providing me with a special email address and phone number for support, well,  Monday morning, I got another email from them confirming that the CD’s were shipped. I like the followup.

I’m ready for change. I’m ready to be thin.. well thinner… 38 waist Wranglers would be ok, 36’s would be awesome.  Please hurry up and come.



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Day 4: I’ve Decided – I’m Going with “Hypnotize Your Body”

Hey, thanks for coming back.  Well, so far the new weight loss program is going great!  Of course, all I’ve done since deciding to go with a self hypnosis program, is to cease my weight loss efforts and, I’ve been enormously successful at it.  I can tell you with absolute certainty, I am a heck of a lot better at “not trying” to lose weight than I am at trying to lose weight.  Actually, I think I’m getting myself in the mind set to allow things to happen naturally, which is exactly what I want to happen.  Apparently that process happens to involve consuming more, rather than less, barbecued chicken for dinner.  Oh well… so be it.  Besides, who doesn’t love barbecued chicken??? I mean.. come on!   And who doesn’t love home made potato salad with barbecue chicken?  My wife makes the BEST potato salad…. but I digress.

Well, the task of finding the right hypnosis weight loss CD was daunting to say the least.  Fortunately, as a journalist, I spend a lot of time online and I know my way around google quite well.  I’ve also spent thousands of hours researching a wide variety of industries, companies and people so I’ve gotten very capable of separating the “wheat from the chaff”.  What’s more, I am probably more skeptical than most since a lot of what I have done in the past is investigative type research.  So now, I’ve applied this well honed “”core competency” to the task of picking the best “weight loss through hypnosis” CD program for me.  After several hours of digging around and checking out websites, I have decided to go with the “Hypnotize Your Body” weight loss program published by Success Hypnosis.

So, here’s the process I used to make that particular choice, when there were so many to choose from.  The short answer is I used my incredible journalistic prowess plus some good old fashioned gut instinct… and as I’ve explained, when it comes to my “gut”, I have that in abundance.  As I was digging around, looking at all the sites, I found I could break them down into three basic categories.

  • People who were very impressed with themselves
  • People who really wanted to sell me something
  • People who seemed genuinely interested in helping people

Now, some people are really taken with celebrity, as if being a celebrity makes you somehow competent and important, or “better than”.  I am quite the opposite, I think gaining celebrity takes a lot of work and maintaining it just as much and someone who is spending a lot of time on being a celebrity has made it as high, if not a higher priority than being competent.  Take Dr. Phil for example.  Quite the celebrity but, as a psychologist/therapist , he totally sucks.  In fact, I am pretty sure his celebrity has diminished his competence as a therapist.  The way he put his quest for celebrity over the well being of Brittany Spears says it all.

Celebrities are a different breed, and I don’t want to get that involved with them.  That’s why I turned down Angelina Jolie when she pleaded with me to leave my wife and marry her.   Alright, I admit… it wasn’t Angelina, I was just kidding… actually it was Brad Pitt…  OK, enough foolishness, back to the subject at hand.  There were a few sites that I ruled out on the basis that they appeared to be too committed to their celebrity to be totally committed to their competency and, likewise, to my success.

Wendi.com is the best example I can give.  She may be a competent hypnotist, but the site is a little to much about Wendi to suit my taste.  Call me selfish, but this quest of mine is all about me and I want the hypnotherapist I choose to give me the sense that they are genuinely interested in my success as well.   I also hate “popups” and Wendi.com presents me with one, as did a lot of other sites.  Any hypnotherapist who is so out of touch with reality as to not know that people hate popups, obviously lacks the qualities I demand of anyone I am going to let talk to my subconscious.

Another one I rejected was Dr. Kenneth Grossman’s hypnosisdietcenter.comAgain, here I found a site that was a little too much about Ken and not enough about me.  Another problem I had with this site is that Ken is a fat guy.  Why in the world would I want to have a fat guy hypnotize me in order for me to get thin?  It simply doesn’t make any sense at all.  If his CD’s are so darned good, why hasn’t he used them to lose some weight? Nope,  I’m going to have to take a pass on this celebrity type as well.

I rejected others because they didn’t introduce the principal and still others because they were more like just a place to buy stuff.  Hypnosisdownloads.com was a site like that.  I want a little more than a menu, thank you very much.

The “Hypnotize Your Body” site was straight forward, it explained hypnosis in a way I could understand, was quite thorough in introducing me to the hypnotherapist, a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist named Margot Miles CHT, and offers a suite of CD’s that make a lot of sense to me.  For $59 (plus shipping at $6.95) I am getting a CD titled “Curb Your Cravings & Feel Full Fast”, one titled “Overcome Obstacles & Boost Motivation” and the third is titled “Fall in Love With Exercise!” The site where I ordered the CD’s was http:www.successhypnosis.com/weight-loss, but she has a “corporate” site as well.  It’s located at http://www.successhypnosis.com.  I’m not trying to plug her CD’s here, and I’m not telling you to visit her site right now and buy the CD’s.   I will tell you over the next couple of weeks if I love it…. or not.

I made my choice first based upon the sense that Margot was competent and committed to my success, that she informed as well as sold her products and that her product meets my expectations of what I think I need to reach my goal, to lose weight without any undue effort.   These three CD’s, at least based upon their titles, seem to speak to that as clearly and totally as any I saw.  They also met my price expectations.  I saw some for a lot more and some for a lot less but at about $20 per CD, I’m down with that.

So, I took the plunge and put in my order and now I await my future.  So far, so good.  I just got an email from her, it came from Success Hypnosis, which I guess is another brand name she uses, and so far, I am pleased.  She not only thanked me for my order, she gave me 7 things I can do to prepare for the “changes you are about to experience.”  I won’t bother you with them but they all make good sense and, thankfully, they don’t take any undue effort on my part.   I’m sticking to my guns on that point.  This is going to succeed or fail not on how hard I try, or how dedicated I am to changing my eating habits,  it’s going to live or die on the program’s ability to make changes in my eating habits so that weight loss happens naturally.   I will listen to the CD’s as directed and really to want it to work.  That’s as much as I can promise.  Oh, another pleasant surprise came in the email as well.  I was provided with a special support email address and the site also has the company’s phone number.  The email invited me to contact them if I had any questions or concerns.  This is a very nice and professional touch.  Just based upon this email, my sense that Margot is committed to my success, has been reinforced.  A very good sign.

A final plus, the site provides me with a 60 guarantee.  If I’m not satisfied, I get my money back. Hard to beat that.

I’m feeling very excited now and can’t wait to get started.  But wait, based upon the email I just got, I have already started.  How about that, I’m on my new diet and doing perfectly so far. No slip-ups, no cheating.  I’m liking it better and better all the time.   I’ll keep you posted on developments.  Wish me well!



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Day 1: The Weight Loss Adventure Begins

Hi, you can call me Chubs. “Chubs” is a secret nickname my wife calls me. It’s not my real name (Duh!) and those aren’t really pictures of me but they’re close enough.  You see, I intend on being brutally honest here and I don’t want to risk the embarrassment of people who know me finding out it’s me so… we’ll just stick with Chubs.  Anyway, I’m Chubs and I’m on a quest to find a weight loss program that’s easy and that works.

I’m 61 years old.  God willing, I’ll be 62 in a few months.  If I was 8, I’d be saying I was “8 and a half going on 9.”  I weigh in at about 230 lbs… I should weigh between 170 and 180.  That would work for the 5’9″ frame I possess.  So, first let’s get some of the ugliness out of the way here.  Let me set the stage, if you will, to this quest.  The big question staring thin folks square in the face, but probably not the others of you out there with a few (or quite a few) too many pounds is how the heck did I let myself get to 50 pounds overweight?  What, do I just want to die early?

The answer is a pretty common one really, it actually started when I decided I didn’t want to die early so I quit smoking.  I was two packs a day from ages 20 to 44.  I maybe had an extra 15 lbs around my waist but to a guy, that’s manageable but my blood pressure was way too high so, after trying for the umpteenth time, I got that monkey off my back… and over the course of the next 17 years,  an extra 35 pounds around my torso in exchange.

Now I don’t have to tell you that quitting smoking is a bitch; it was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was easier than losing this 50 pounds and here’s why.  With smoking it was a matter of “smoke” or “don’t smoke.”  With eating, it’s not a matter of “eat” or “don’t eat,” it’s a matter of only eat a little.   If you’ve quit smoking too, you will understand this analogy.  There is a popular saying, “I’m only one cigarette away from two packs a day.”  If I wouldn’t starve to death, I sometimes think it would be easier to quit eating entirely than it is to change my eating habits.  If I only tried to cut down to say, 5 cigarettes a day, I’d still be smoking two packs a day, if I wasn’t dead.

I love to eat!  Some people eat to live; I live to eat.  If I like something, I am going to eat it until it’s gone or I simply lose the urge to eat it or am too full to eat any more.  To me, when the local buffet advertises “all you can eat for $9.95,” I take that as an order and a challenge.  After all, they didn’t say “all you care to eat” or “all you want to eat”… nope… it’s all I CAN eat and I can eat a lot.

Eating is fun… it’s social… it’s a way to fight boredom.  It’s been that way all my life but I was athletic early on so eating was a sport I could indulge in and not suffer the consequences.  Now I can’t but I’m an old dog and it ain’t easy teaching this one the new trick called “change my eating habits.”

My primary weaknesses, if there is such a thing, would be sausages, pizza, pasta more than ice cream and doughnuts.  I can eat a 16 inch combination pizza myself.  I buy them for my wife and daughter, presumably, then they each eat a piece and I get to eat the rest.  How many of you are the “waste not, want not” types who eat some of the food left on family member’s plates?  Oh yeah… I am.  Now, I know that sounds awful but I told you i was going to tell some ugly truths here and I also know there are a lot of you quietly shaking your heads saying… “yeah, that’s me too. ”  Listen, the episode of Seinfeld’s George Costanza taking the half eaten eclair out of the trash at his girlfriend’s house didn’t originate in a vacuum.

I think you get the picture, I’m not a glutton, I just love to eat… always have… always will.  That’s why I am “only” 50 pounds and not 150 pounds overweight.  So, let’s talk about diets and dieting.

I have dieted off and on my entire adult life.  At first it was a snap; the pounds would roll off me in no time.  It was less so in my 40’s, even less so in my 50’s and now it’s nigh on to impossible.  Still, being a pretty smart guy, and one who loves to learn stuff, I have studied and learned a lot about diet over the years.   Without bragging, I think I probably understand more about nutrition than most people having studied and tried for the past 18 years to find a way to lose weight without struggle.  Usually, there’s a way to figure things out, how to make things work, a system, but this weight thing, it’s pretty tough to game.

In earlier years, I tried a lot of the fad diets, “The Drinking Man’s Diet” was one of my favorites.  For those of you who don’t remember it, or are too young to have been there at the time,  it was a traditional very low carb diet with a booze chaser.  Kind of like the Atkin’s Diet with a hangover.

Then there was the Hollywood Diet but the original had you buying your own fruit juices instead of the gimmick now where they sell it to you.  Either way, it’s unnatural and I didn’t like it then and I still don’t today.

I gave some thought to Weight Watchers but come on, I’m a guy and guy’s don’t weigh their food.  What’s more the only time we go to meetings and get weighed, is if we are competing in a weight class and we have to make weight to compete.  Besides, guys like me don’t do support groups… unless it’s AA or a good Hold’em game.”  I’m not trying to be insensitive or macho or anything. It’s just that I, and a lot of other men, just like doing things on our own.

And don’t get me started on these packaged food diets like NutriSystems.  Come on, those only work so long as you are eating their food. If I want to do that, I would just go to Wal Mart and buy those frozen diet meals.  Kirsty Alley is packing back on the pounds, God Bless her and Tony Orlando will be letting out those pants in time as well.

I have done Atkins, and a lot of variations on the low carb diet. They have the most scientific support.  The most recent one, which worked pretty darn well, for a while, was my own.  I called it the Tuna Fish diet.  I ate cans of tuna.  I ate right out of the can and I made great salads with lettuce, tomato, olive oil and balsamic vinager with a can of tuna.  Talk about healthy.  Toss in a bunch of vitamins and minerals and some steamed veggies, a little fruit and that is one hearth healthy extreme diet.  Got under 200 lbs with that one but then, when I went back to normal eathing.. badda bing.. badda boom.. a Chubs explosion, you know how it goes.

That’s when I searched my soul and admitted what was quite obvious, that I am a weak-willed fat guy and I need to find a better way.  I see my peers dying every day.  Famous like Tim Russert and not so famous, as my classmates from high school and college.  I am at risk.  I love God and look forward to meeting him in person but when I go, it will be forever and that’s a pretty long time so I want to extend my stay here as long as I can still think and have fun.  To do that, I need to get the fat off.

Still, a diet isn’t going to work. I need to find a way that requires either a minimum of, or complete lack of, will power since that just doesn’t seem to be working for me.  Let’s face it. as I get older, the task gets more formidable and will gets weaker.  I’m tired of fighting, I only have so much fight left in me at any one time and life presents enough challenges without putting that one on top of all the rest.  Know what I mean?  Judging how many other fatties there are around, it seems as if this is a problem for a whole lot of us.  I have made a choice as to what to do.  Tomorrow, I’ll fill you in.



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