52 Pounds With Dr. Phil and eDiets
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Sue K. had to choose a user name for her most recent eDiets account, she picked
MEMBERBEFORE. Her previous experience with eDiets -- way back in 2001 -- was
one to remember.
Our featured dieter from Wisconsin easily shed 37
pounds with the leading online weight loss program. Then over the past few
years she lost her focus and regained the pounds. It wasnt long before her
weight peaked at 218.
Poor Sue was downright miserable, so when a
co-worker suggested they join the Weight Watchers at-work program, she agreed.
However, it didnt take Sue long to realize theres no place like
home. Meetings once a week werent going to cut it -- she needed 24/7
support to keep her on track.
She also wanted more bang for her buck.
After three months on the popular "brick-and-mortar" program, Sue came to her
senses and rejoined eDiets.
"With Weight Watchers I didnt really
get the menus," Sue, a 45-year-old medical transcriptionist, tells eDiets. "I
didnt like points and counting things. I thought it was stupid. I
didnt think it was something a person could do for the rest of her life.
I wanted something that prepared me for living in the real world from day to
day. With eDiets you get that.
"It was like coming back to an old friend
when I rejoined eDiets in January 2003."
eDiets proved to be just as comfortable the
second time around. With her personalized meal plan and around-the-clock
support, super-determined Sue shrank from 203 to 151 pounds over the past
Nine months into the eDiets experience, she
took advantage of the Shape Up! Program inspired Dr. Phil McGraw. In addition
to learning healthy eating habits, the mom-of-two relied on Dr. Phil to help
her understand the psychological aspects of losing weight.
The easy-to-follow menus, the supportive
chat rooms, Dr. Phil, and her Sweet Valentines team on the Creative
Challenge support board all played key roles in Sue's slimming success.
The decision to rejoin eDiets was a
no-brainer for Sue. It had been discouraging to watch her weight creep back up.
She never imagined she could be that heavy again. But she was. Her
self-confidence plummeted as her BMI reached an unhealthy 31.
Sue despised the plus-sized garments she
again had to wear. The beautiful clothing that once covered her fit figure hung
in her closet as a reminder of what used to be... She dreamed of being able to
wear her coveted size 10 Calvin Klein jeans once again.
But Sues woes went beyond a
mothballed wardrobe. She could barely make it up a flight of stairs without
getting winded. When she crossed her legs, her feet would fall asleep. She
longed to get physically fit in time to enjoy her retirement.
Thanks to eDiets, she's returned
to a happier place and time. She has learned how to enjoy healthy foods in
reasonable portions. For lunch, she might feast on a sandwich of high-fiber
bread, low-fat cheese and low-fat ham or turkey. Or shell have a salad with a
medley of vegetables, along with a piece of fruit and 32 ounces of water.
Because she works from home, Sue is careful
to schedule healthy snacks throughout the day. The between-meal nibbles keep
her from bingeing. She takes a snack break at 10:30 a.m. and then again at 3:30
p.m. Even though she may sneak a cookie every now and then, its a far cry
from the six to eight cookies she used to gobble in one sitting.
Her favorite eDiets dinner recipe is the
Tomato and Broccoli Casserole. When she is pressed for time, she whips up a
baked potato with reduced-fat sour cream, broccoli and bacon bits. Regardless
of what she eats for dinner, Sue never feels like shes overdone it.
"I like that I dont feel stuffed
afterwards," Sue says. "I can have an on-plan meal, get up and walk away and
Im satisfied. Before I started losing weight, Id have portions that
were way too big. Then Id get up and go to the cookie jar. Id feel
so stuffed. I dont like that feeling anymore.
"Afterwards I didnt have any energy.
Now after supper, I clean up the kitchen, come down to my computer to do my
daily posts on the Creative Challenge and get on the treadmill or do my Walk
Away The Pounds video. I dont feel like the meal I had is weighing me down
and sapping all of the energy out of me."
Since re-linking with eDiets, exercise has
become a big part of Sues life. She works out five to six times a week,
doing 45 minutes on the treadmill. She also uses resistance bands and an
exercise ball. As the weather gets warmer, shes looking forward to long
walks with her 12-year-old daughter, who rides alongside mom on her scooter.
Sue says it helps her pick up the pace.
Using the Shape Up! program has been
inspirational. Sue tapes Dr. Phil's TV talk show every day and watches it while
she tackles the treadmill. Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Solution helped
her get past the negative self-talk that had been dragging her down.
"Dr. Phils book helped me with the
right thinking," Sue says. "Negative self-talk was part of the reason I would
gain the weight back in the past. I feel focused now. I have the right internal
dialogue so I can continue on this. Its going to be a permanent way of
life. Dr. Phil says you have to take unhealthy habits and replace them with
Thats exactly what Sue has done. And
throughout it all, shes had support on her side. Sue remains part of the
Sweet Valentines team. There she speaks with others going through the
same experiences. No matter what time of day it is, she can post or join one of
the chat rooms and find like-minded eDieters.
"One day of support a week just isnt
enough<," she says. "I like group support on a daily basis. I just recently
started visiting the 40-Something support board as well. I started making new
friends. The choices are endless on eDiets. You can find support for any
situation you are in."
Sue recently retired her size-18 jeans and
size-20 shorts forever. At 151 pounds, shes easily slipping back into her
favorite Calvin Klein jeans... the ones she feared shed never fit in
"Im proud," she tells eDiets. "I
dont feel I need to wear baggy clothes to hide the fat. I can wear nice
clothes and feel good in them again."