101. Three Easy Steps

101. Three Easy Steps

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You

Three Easy Steps

No matter our age or condition,
there are still untapped possibilities within us
and new beauty waiting to be born.
 ~Dr. Dale Turner

I had all but given up on dieting. Twenty years ago I invested in Nutrisystem and really lost a lot of weight, but I could not afford that now that I was no longer working. Times are hard, people are out of work and I guess you could say I fell into the habit of stress eating like so many others.

My crutch or “comfort food” as some would call it—was chocolate brownies with thick chocolate frosting. I started out with one brownie a week. It was my special treat. Soon that treat increased to one every other day, then one per day, then two per day—then I just do not know what happened.

I could actually sit down and eat a tray of brownies all by myself. And a big jug of milk to go with it. My clothes started fitting snugly—but I was approaching my mid-50s and didn’t know many other women my age fretting over their weight all that much, so I didn’t either. That is because I had been put on long-term disability by my employer, with fibromyalgia, systemic lupus, discoid lupus, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, elevated sugar factor, etc.

I tried to join Weight Watchers but I did not qualify because of the elevated sugar factor. I couldn’t afford Nutrisystem and so I became depressed on top of everything else. At this point I weighed almost 200 pounds.

One day I was getting my hair done and started talking to the girl who does my hair. She had lost 86 pounds in the last year. I asked her how she did it. She said she had her stomach stapled. She told me that her weight had been affecting her health and her doctor had prescribed a gastric bypass for health reasons. Her insurance company paid for it. I knew my problem was not the same as hers. Mine had to do with just plain overeating. My hairdresser told me to do three things and she guaranteed I would lose the weight faster than with any diet ever put on the market.

Number 1. Thank God for the body you have—every night and every day. Visualize the size you want to be and thank God for it. I wanted to be a size 10. I thanked God for making me a perfect size 10.

Number 2. Eat anything you want—but eat off a cake plate, not a dinner plate. This is for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Eat slowly, appreciating every bite. No second helpings. Drink lots of water.

Number 3. Get out and walk, walk, walk. I walk the local mall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It has two levels. By the time I have walked both levels I have broken a sweat.

I have done this faithfully for seven months and have lost 33 pounds, and I have gone from a size 20 to a size 12.

This has become a way of life for me and I don’t believe I will ever go back to eating the way I did before. I feel so much better. My grocery bill is much lower. I have not had to invest in a diet program and my blood pressure is under control, my blood sugar is normal, my lupus is in remission and life is good.

~Linda J. Rivers

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