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Barbara N.

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If Barbara can do it with MyBodyTutor why can’t you? (Insert your excuse here.)

Why MBT Worked For Me? (In her words.)

That question has two easy answers:

1.       Consistency.

2.       Not being hungry all the time.

Background

I have dieted off and on for practically my whole life.  At 61, practically my whole life adds up to a lot of time on a diet.  Actually, I quit dieting when I was around 50 or 55.  I stopped weighing myself and I stopped even pretending to control what I was eating. There seemed to be little point in making myself miserable with portion-control when eventually, a great hunger would set in and I would quickly gain back any weight that I had lost.

So, I ate what I wanted to eat in the quantities that I wanted. I loved Coke and drank lots of it regularly. I loved white bread with lots of butter or margarine so I frequently used my bread making machine and then finished off two-pound loaf within a couple of days. "Triple bypass breakfasts" of lots of bacon, eggs, and home fries along with toast slathered with butter were regular fare on weekends.

I knew that I was gaining weight. I had been shopping at the fat ladies' store for many years but gradually I needed larger and larger sizes and then those sizes got tight and I moved up again.

When I first heard about My Body Tutor through a friend, I was impressed less with the fact that she had lost a lot of weight than the fact that she no longer had food issues.  That got me thinking. What I articulated for myself, before I signed up for MBT, was the following:

For the last several months, I have been feeling weak. This is a major change in my self-perception as I have always believed that I am a strong person. One of the things that I have frequently said about myself is that I have the personality of a much taller person. By that, I meant that I was big and strong, in mind and in body, if not in spirit.

I am tough-minded, expecting myself and others to do the right thing, to be honest at all times, and to simply "tough it out" when necessary. I have been amazed that many people, much younger than I can't seem to cope with the challenges that make up day-to-day life in Nunavik (Canada), struggle with loneliness, are offended and hurt when Inuit are not appreciative of their work, fall sick either in mind or in body, etc., etc.

Until recently, I have (also) been physically strong. I opened jars, moved furniture, carried boxes and luggage, and shifted items in the basement with ease, despite the fact that I have led such a sedentary life.  Watching TV and lifting a fork does not usually develop great muscle mass.

All that has changed. I now have difficulty pushing through the fatigue that threatens to overwhelm me. I feel afraid that someone will do something to me, that I will be physically attacked.  I have never before been afraid like this. I am terrified of having a stroke or a heart attack. I no longer feel that I can move mountains-or at least wall units. I have a sense of weakness at my core which makes me less steady on my feet, less grounded.

Before I signed up with MBT, I was concerned about particular challenges that I would face, mainly the irregular availability of "good" food because I live in a remote region in Canada where all food is flown in or brought in by sealift. At the time that I was thinking about joining, I acknowledged that I drank alcohol.  Looking back, I downplayed my alcohol consumption, saying, "...I drink alcohol (particularly wine). Although I don't have to drink, I like to share wine with friends and I sometimes overdo." I should have said, "I frequently overdo."

And then I spoke to Adam and joined My Body Tutor

When I first spoke to Adam, I had already made up my mind to join MBT. My friend's success at putting her food problems behind her was too compelling for me to ignore. However, my telephone conversation with him was pleasant and encouraging, giving me the sense that I, too, could do this.

I got the idea quickly that this was a step-by-step, day-by-day thing. The other notion that came across was that:

1.       There were lots of food to choose from;

2.       I could eat foods that I enjoyed as long as they were whole;

3.       I had to eat often (a happy thought);

4.       I had to do this every day.

At the beginning, I had daily phone calls from Adam. Most of the time, I didn't feel that I needed to speak to him but the fact that I knew he would call and that I was going to report what I had eaten helped me to keep me consistent. It was also really helpful that I had easy access to someone who could answer my questions about food on the spot, whether it be what to eat or how to handle social challenges. 

His message of consistency was clear and unequivocal...consistency...consistency...consistency... It was underlined by the daily reporting and feedback process. I didn't always like what Adam had to say but once I got over myself, there was always something to think about. I told him once that for such a young person, he was very wise.  

The weight came off, slowly but surely. In the 7 months since I started, I have not once had that starving feeling that I associate with dieting. I keep track of what I eat and consistently send in my daily feedback and look forward to reading Adam's response.

I have enjoyed the occasional binge of grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon and amazed myself that I really did enjoy it, particularly since it did not translate into a binge without end.  Actually, it was not even a binge: it was eating grilled cheese with bacon and loving it.

I have never enjoyed food as much as I do now. I sometimes go to bed thinking, "Yum...banana and peanut butter tomorrow." Most of the time, I eat slowly and mindfully. I have learned to chew. I have no doubt that I will eat in this way for the rest of my life. I hope it's a long life:  food is sooooo good.

While I was on vacation, my best friend of over 45 years died unexpectedly. I was, as you can imagine, devastated. In the "old" days, I would have pizza'ed my feelings into submission and soothed them with a deluge of vodka and tonic but honestly, I wasn't tempted to do that. I just stuck with the basics and lost several pounds in the process of eating well and feeling sad.

Adam and My Body Tutor has truly changed my life. It's a brilliant program that I would, and have, recommended to countless people. If he was able to help my friend, and then me - a 61 year old woman living in a remote region in Canada, who has been dieting for basically my entire life (until now), I am certain MBT can help you.

Results

47 Pounds gone.*

*Results ARE typical and to be expected with MyBodyTutor. Why?

There is nothing like the power of consistency. And we’ll help you stay consistent beyond your wildest dreams. Meal by meal. Workout by workout. Day by day!