Super 75 Pound Weight Loss
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Pam King mulls over her super 75-pound weight loss, she sees herself gazing
into the rearview mirror of her van. She can see a fat woman behind her and as
she zooms down the road she gets further and further away from the overweight
woman. Yes, Pams determined to leave her big fat past behind... are you?
The woman in the van mirror is not
healthy to be around. I dont want her around. Shes not getting back
in my van, the counselor -- and former Weight Watchers employee -- tells
eDiets in no uncertain terms.
Looking at Pam today, youd never know
she was driven to great lengths to look (not to mention feel) this good. The
Illinois resident has become the king of weight loss queens. Since placing her
faith in eDiets, a new lifestyle regimen of healthy eating, exercise and plenty
of water have helped her melt away the final 55 pounds. She's now a slender 157
pounds. Shes no longer a plus size who squeezed into size 22 clothing. Pam is
comfortable in 10/12s now, thank you very much. Her blood pressure is normal
and her medication has been slashed in half! But despite the drastic changes,
Pam still recalls life in the fat lane.
Before joining eDiets, Pam, 52, stood
55" and weighed 212 pounds. Her blood pressure was through the roof. She
was tired. She was heavy. She was miserable. And she lacked the energy to do
anything. After a long day at work, the most activity Pam got was ambling back
and forth between her refrigerator and couch.
Pam knew all about the agony of defeat. For
decades, she had been a yo-yo dieter, losing upwards of 70 pounds at a time
only to gain it back... again and again. She had tried everything from Weight
Watchers to fads like Phen Phen. In a last-ditch effort to shed the extra
weight, Pam turned to the weight loss medication Xenical.
She spent three years and countless dollars
on the prescription. She did lose 20 pounds, but she remained a long way from
her healthy goal weight. Sadly, her unhealthy eating habits were still firmly
Her problem wasnt simply humongous
portions, excess amounts of fast food, or snacking on sweets. It was all of the
"Most of the time there wasnt enough
food to eat or enough reasons too eat," she says. She's only half-joking. "I
was always thinking of the next thing I was going to eat."
Factor in a lack of activity and it all
added up to obesity and its related health woes. Pam, a computer novice,
switched gears and found herself on the right track at last when she clicked
into eDiets one sleepless night last December.
A fear of failure kept her from signing up
immediately. But after contemplating a membership to the leading online weight
loss program, Pam came aboard last New Year's Eve. She vowed to make 2002 "The
Year of Pam."
I wanted to stay breathing. I wanted
to live awhile longer, she says.
Pam started off with baby steps. Her
primary focus in the beginning was following the combination meal plan. By day,
she feasted on frozen entrees, salad and fruit. By night, the avid cook
prepared homemade recipes from the eDiets database. It was a simple solution,
one that armed her with the knowledge she needed to live healthily for years to
As a former Weight Watcher, Pam already
knew she couldnt live by a calculator and points. What she needed were
menus, recipes and grocery lists, the basic tools for slimming survival. She
got that... and much more here at eDiets.
Over time, Pam lost her taste for the
fattening foods that had caused her weight to balloon. She stopped gulping
canned foods, fast foods, soda and mayo. Those vices were replaced with
healthier alternatives like fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and low-fat cheeses.
She followed the meal plan to a T and reaped the rewards in pounds
After two weeks on the program, Pam went
off Xenical. A month into eDiets, she began exercising. For the mother of two
grown children, the concept of physical activity was foreign. She had never
been an athletic person. In fact, she had never exercised at all. Yet, she
didnt let that hold her back.
Even on the coldest winter mornings, Pam
found the will to walk. Neither sleet nor snow deterred her. What began as a
stroll around the block has become a major stride in her journey to good
health. The more she walked, the further she went. Pam now starts every morning
with a 30-minute walk. As a supplement to her walking regimen, she also rides
her bike on a regular basis. For Pam, exercise, not Folgers, is the best part
of waking up.
The perky slimmer notes: When I come
back, I have more energy to start the day. Not everybody can exercise in the
morning. Different times work for different people. This is what works for me.
Im focused. I dont walk with anybody so I dont have to depend
on someone else. I just put on my headphones and take off.
For many years, Pam had been afflicted with
fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by chronic pain in the muscles and soft
tissues surrounding joints, fatigue, and tenderness at specific sites in the
body. Still, she's never used that as an excuse to keep from exercising. As it
turned out, losing weight actually eased some of the pain.
You always hear people with
fibromyalgia say they cant exercise. I have it in my head that I have to
stay moving. Its not going to go away. Sure, there are some days I
dont feel as good as others, but Im not going to feel any better
lying there. Getting the weight off has helped my muscles and stuff like
Pam hasnt had to go the road to
weight loss success alone. Her husband Robert has stood by her through thick
and thin. He shares his wife's healthy meals. Pam raves that Robert has lost
nearly 30 pounds following her lead.
Whenever she needed guidance or support,
Pam could also count on her fellow eDieters, who played an integral part of the
losing process. For Pam, one of the perks of the support network at eDiets was
that she could use the bulletin boards and chats as much or as little as
So Pam chose what worked for her:
mentoring. She shares the tried-and-true techniques that got her where she is
today with fellow members. Because she doesnt have an abundance of time
to post, Pam concentrates on her pupils, who she touches base with once or
twice a week.
Another helpful tool: Pam's online food
journal. Pam keeps a record of everything she eats -- it helps keep on track.
Even though she still has 20 pounds to go to attain her goal weight, Pam is
already a super success.
I have energy. I get busy and food
isnt my focus. I think Im doing the right thing. This has motivated
me. Its been easy for me to stick with it. There are people there to talk
to when you want. I feel good enough that I want to continue to do this. I
dont want to go back to what I was like nine months ago. Theres no
way. Im physically and mentally scared to go.
And shes got the overweight woman in
her rearview mirror to keep her moving full-speed ahead.