Joyce’s Story: I’m Learning About Who I Am

Dear Dr. May,

I have been wanting to share my personal story with you as you have changed my life.

I have been on some sort of diet or other since I was 9 years old!!! You name the diet and I have tried it. I was never successful for long. A few years ago I go so tired of being 150 pounds over weight, newly diagnosed with diabetes. I sort of just threw up my hands. How could I be so successful in every other aspect of my life, but I could not get my eating together?

Then a dietitian told me about your book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. When I first read it I just cried and cried. It was as if you were writing about me! Right away I knew that this was the answer to a problem I have had for 50 years.

I stopped obsessing about everything I ate and instead, focused on feeling good. If I was hungry, I asked myself, “What do you really want to eat?” And that’s what I would have. It took some practice, but when I got pretty good at that, then I began to work on recognizing when I was full. With no rules, if I have a day when all I do is eat, so be it. But then I’ll have days when I’m just not hungry.

The first 25 pounds I lost without even knowing I’d lost them! I had to step on the scales for some reason, and was pleasantly surprised. Since then I’ve lost another 30 pounds (for a total of 55 pounds). It has taken three years, but so what?! This time, when I “lose” those pounds, they are permanently gone. I stay off the scale and just focus on my day.

I’ve picked back up some of my favorite hobbies. I am moving more. And every day I learn something new about who I am!

Thank you so very much!

Joyce

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