Monday, November 28, 2011



I've struggled with my weight all my life—going down with great effort and then back up again (with no effort).

I've kept a chart of my high and low weights during EVERY month since high school! It's fourteen pages long. Here's an excerpt:

Once when I was at the doctor's, he asked me to list all the diets I'd been on. It filled two pages! I was up to 259 pounds once—that's where I'd be, I'm convinced, if I didn't watch my weight!

I been through hypnosis, Weight Watcher's, Jenny Craig, Stillman, fasting, Atkins, South Beach to name a few. I've even had behavior modification and liposuction!

In 1986, I went to a bariatrics doctor, Dr. Frank at Washington University Hospital, who put me on a powder diet. I had nothing to eat except this pasty, awful tasting stuff for seven long months!!! I went from 218 to 146! It didn't stay off though. I went to him two other times over the next few years. We even tried various drugs, some experimental.

I've wanted to get bariactic surgery. I've called several clinics and talked to several doctors. They won't do it because I have to have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of more than 40. It helps to have diabetes, as I do, but it still doesn't get me accepted. Recently they lowered the diabetic threshold to 35! But, alas I'm not eligible for that either. I'm at around 31.5. But there's hope if they keep reducing the requirements.

So, I continue to struggle with my weight. I'd LOVE to be skinny. For those of you who say, "Just eat less." I tell you, you don't have a weight problem and literally don't understand.

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