I am a 69 year old man, retired, widowed, living alone and have had a weight problem.
Since I have been retired, I have continually added weight at the rate of about 3 pounds a month. I was concerned, and tried to self direct myself and tried Lean Cuisine, Fat Free Products, and NutriSystem. I would lose a little bit, but then it would always come back.
In March of 2014, during my annual physical with Dr. Jasser, I had hit a high of 236 pounds on my 5’10” frame. My blood pressure was too high, and Dr had to adjust my blood pressure medicines to higher doses. He explained to me that the stress I was putting on my heart, kidneys and that diabetes could develop. A loss in weight could help lower my blood pressure, spare my organs, and prevent diabetes. He told my about a program his PA, Amy Ingersoll, was managing and gave me a hand out on it.
It took me until July 15th to finally decide that I wanted to do the program. I did some research on the program and thought that it made sense.
To be successful on anything, you have to commit to it. Remember Yoda teaching Luke in the swamp on becoming a Jedi? Yoda said:” Either you can or you cannot, there is no try.” The mind is very powerful and what you tell yourself can have profound effects. If you say, “I’ll try.” You have already failed. You have mentally given yourself an out, when you give up you say “Well, I tried.” You have to COMMITT. Tell yourself: “I CAN and I WILL”. For me to commit, I had to realize that I needed to take control of my life and my health.
The program has been enlightening for me. What I thought was healthy eating was not the case. As you go through the program, you learn about caloric count in foods, portion sizes, triggers that cause you to eat (overeat). The one thing that became apparent to me was that I failed to plan ahead. Living alone, I did not want to cook for one. So, when I got hungry, I went for quick and fast, and comfort food. I did not plan out my meals, rather just foraged when I got hungry.
Once I started the program, I discovered that I needed to plot out my day. What time I would drink my first shake, second shake, bars etc. I had to write it down on paper with the item and time of day. The first week was the hardest, as I did not have any energy and felt like sleeping most of the time. But, the weight started coming off right away and that encouraged me to stay the course.
The one thing I really appreciated was the weekly meetings with Amy. My blood work, weight, urine, were all monitored each week to make sure I was not harming any muscle and that only the fat was being burned. Amy also used the weekly meetings to advise and explain.
As time went on, exercise was added in to the program and other foods were introduced (in addition to the New Direction Products).
Part of the process for me was to learn to plan ahead. I started a food journal, keeping track of what I ate, time of day, water intake, and then a daily tally of total calories, protein and carbs. This requires you read the food labels and educate yourself about what is in what you are eating. As you go through this process, it requires that you plan our your grocery shopping, planning out your meals for several days in advance. Once you have your plan down on paper, it is easy to follow.
Today, November 13, 2014, I am 195 pounds. That is a loss of 41 pounds in less than 4 months. I am more energetic. I have osteoarthritis, and I ache and am stiff, but now that I have lost weight, I am more active, more flexible and in less pain. My blood pressure has dropped 25-30 points and,in the near future, might be able to reduce or eliminate some of the prescription medicines that I am on.
This program works. It is a lifestyle change. It is not something you do for a few months and then go back to your old ways. It is a life long commitment you make to yourself. Amy has me set up for a 2 year program. It started out with weekly meetings, now I go every other week. Soon, it will be once a month monitoring. As you go through each stage, you learn more and how to handle.
For me, this has been educational, and an answer to my problem. I highly recommend this program. But, to be successful, you have to commit. You have to mentally convince and vow that you will be successful. Temptations will happen, but you will be strong and overcome.
One concern someone might have has to do with expense. For me, my insurance covered all of my labs and office visits. The only expense was for the New Direction Products. But, my grocery store expenses dropped off to zero for the first several months. As I am now starting to add in other foods, my total grocery bill plus New Direction Products is about the same as before I started the program. Expense is not even a factor.