A few short months ago, I was overweight, tired, and, to be perfectly honest, hating how I looked. But the idea of facing yet another diet—one that would likely make me more tired and hungry—was too much. Like many others, I’d tried all the diets. Some worked, but most didn’t.
You name it, I’d given it a try: low fat, low carb, high carb, high fat, high protein, Atkins, South Beach…the list goes on. I’d lose a few pounds, or even many, but eventually, the weight stopped coming off and started coming back on—plus more. I was the typical yo-yo dieter.
Even though I was exhausted and avoided mirrors, the idea of starting another diet—and failing—was almost as depressing as being overweight. Having dieted, crash dieted, and more, facing several months of hunger, being cranky, and deprivation was too much to think about.
One afternoon I ran into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. She looked fabulous! And I’m not talking about just her figure—although that had changed, too. She looked radiant. Her face was bright and clear. Her hair was shiny and healthy. And her eyes were full of energy. Basically, she was glowing! And she’d lost a lot of weight. “You look amazing!” I said, she replied “Go figure.”
I didn’t get it at first. Then she explained the program. I called that afternoon and scheduled an appointment for the next day. Sitting in the orientation, I truly did not believe I’d hit my goal weight. Starting at 176 pounds, I hoped to get to 155. That would be a miracle. Still, the counselors said I would do it, and I set my goal weight: 136. (It’s what I weighed in high school.)
About four months later, I weighed in at 133, and I’ve stayed at that number. I have more energy, my blood work numbers have returned to normal, and I don’t have to avoid the mirror! Go Figure has been a lifesaver; it has enabled me to lose the weight by incorporating healthy but good-tasting food, and without starving myself or being cranky. While it may sound cliché, if I can do it, anyone can!