|Misha dressed as a clown at my 4th birthday party|
When I met Nicole recently, I kept thinking this is what my sister could look like after losing her weight. I WANT to SEE her "After". If I could only do it for her, but I can't. If only I could talk her into a diet, but I can't. If only I could make her meals or shop for her, but I can't (she lives in Oklahoma, I live in California). But I can be a good example and encourage her. I can help her see that I struggle with the same food issues she does, and have overcome them (mostly). She has to want this for herself. Really, really want it.
So that is what I did, for many months. Dr. William Davis's Wheat Belly book really spoke to me and had a very powerful message that 100% backed up the Belly Fat Cure and the Fast Track. So I excitedly read her quotes from it and sent her a copy. I came up with this idea that by simply losing 8 lbs (8.2 to be exact) a month she could lose 100 pounds in a year. Gastric By-Pass couldn't offer results that good. We would concentrate on overall health and well being, not just the number on the scale. Because her health has declining. The number on the scale will be a bonus. And because the number on the scale has a very powerful hold on her psyche, she would weigh herself just once at the end of each month. I didn't bug her (much) but quietly talked about it with her whenever I had the chance.
She wants this for herself now, and she agreed! She started January 1st and she understands this is not a sprint, it's a marathon. Every meal, every day, every week, every month. Month after month. That is how she will lose the weight. That is how I lost the weight. That is the secret.
I will let her tell the rest of this story as it unfolds... I asked her to share her story with us here. It's her story not mine. I'm simply a cheerleader on the sidelines. I'll try not to be a coach with a clipboard and whistle. I am SO so so proud of her. I'm nervous for her too, I want her to succeed. I'm calling this series One Year and One Hundred Pounds.