I'm No Stranger To Dieting

UH OptiWeight Blogger Lynn Eastep

Lynn Eastep

October 19th, 2012

I'm no stranger to dieting. In fact, I’ve got whiplash from how many times my weight has yo-yo’ed over the years. My friends and family have endured my many diet attempts, and then have watched me gain the weight all back – and then some. I started my first diet at the age of eleven after watching The Richard Simmons Show, and I’ve lost hundreds of pounds (literally) over many years with such diets as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, OptiFast, Atkins, and yes, I even resorted to gastric bypass. My house is littered with diet books, exercise equipment, motivational signs and scales.

Losing weight isn’t a complex process. I know how to lose weight. I get it. The math is simple: Exercise + Eating Healthy = Weight Loss. I’m good at losing weight; I’m terrible at keeping it off.

Let’s be honest here - in addition to all of the obvious health benefits associated with weight loss - vanity has inspired me to lose weight. For me, how much I weigh has a direct influence on how I feel about myself. I can’t fit in my favorite clothes; I’m embarrassed to see old friends; and I get winded walking up a flight of stairs. I’m also tired of being told, “You have such a pretty face,” with the not-so-subtle subtext of “…because the rest of you is fat.”

I just need help getting back on track. And, most importantly - once I lose the weight - I need to learn how to keep it off.

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