Nora’s post is shared with her permission and referenced in this article: The Great Diet Hoax (And What To Do Instead)

Nora H.

September 14 at 7:31pm

I had been morbidly obese all my life. As you can imagine, my life has been one failed diet after another. For me, a diet never lasted more than three or four weeks and I ended up gaining the weight back and then some! I was so miserably fed up with diets and failing that I swore I’d never diet again. I said I would be happy just as I was and to hell with anyone that didn’t like it. That mentality worked for awhile. I felt as if the weight of the world had been lifted from me. However, my weight continued to climb and before I knew it I had hit the 410 lb. mark.

I accepted it because I had no hope of ever losing weight and I wasn’t going to go on another diet. My health began to decline and I was miserably depressed. There wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t think about suicide. I had no hope. I didn’t want to live one more miserable day in the state I was in. I felt my only option was to end my miserable life.

I was sitting in front of my computer one night crying and planning my suicide. I started browsing Netflix and happened upon, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead”. After watching, I suddenly had TWO options! I could die or I could LIVE. I chose to live!

It was a few months after that that I read Eat To Live by Dr. Joel Furhman. I was ecstatic that I never had to worry about dieting again. I literally screamed it at the top of my lungs, “I NEVER HAVE To DIET AGAIN!!!” I jumped into [the Eat To Live program (ETL)] gung-ho and did well for three or four weeks and then I came crashing down and went on a three or four week binge. I started over and did well for three or four weeks and crashed again, going on another few week binge. I became very discouraged and continued starting over, binging and starting over again.

I thought ETL wasn’t working for me. I was failing miserably. What was I doing wrong??? I was doing everything right, I thought. I was weighing and measuring everything. Scrutinizing over everything; weighing in every day or so and I was failing…

Within in the same week I had come across two quotes that were basically a slap in the face to me. The first one was, “To have something you’ve never had; you must do something you’ve never done.” Hhhmmm… So, in order to succeed I must stop doing the same failed method over and over again expecting to succeed… The next one was from ETL where Dr. Fuhrman says, “Focus on getting healthy, not losing weight.” I suddenly realized that even though I had screamed I never had to diet again; I was treating ETL exactly like a diet. I knew then what I had been doing wrong. In order to have something I never had, (health and weight-loss) I had to let go of my diet mentality and “live” ETL. When I learned to do that, great things began to happen. I was getting healthier AND losing weight – 170 lbs. so far. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this could ever happen.

It doesn’t matter from what state of mind you’re coming from. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall down. Tell yourself resolutely that you’re going to change your life no matter how long or how hard you have to work on it. Accept that you’re going to fall down and when you do, GET UP!! Don’t start over, don’t tell yourself what a failure you think you are. Look forward! Take a tiny step forward! Onward and upward! I KNOW that if I can come this far from a place of misery and hopelessness, you CAN!!

Nora’s post is shared with her permission and referenced in this article: The Great Diet Hoax (And What To Do Instead)

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