My Story About "The End of Overeating"

by Karen
(United States)

An acquaintance suggested I read your opinion of "The End Of Overeating." I also read the other two pages that related to information from that book. I wish I had read them in reverse order. But it was interesting reading all the same.

(Editor's note. That was my fault. I should have made it more clear that it was indeed a three part series. My apologies to for that mistake. I'll try to not let that happen again.)

I've tried most of the television diets. And they all worked. I lost weight with every diet. My problem was keeping that lower weight level. It always seemed to come back. When I read your information, I went out and picked up that book. I finished it last week.

So much of what I read reminded me of... well, of me. I won't mention restaurant names, but so often I would feel as though I deserved a break after working so hard on a new diet. I always intended to just get a salad or a light meal. But we go as a group and the group orders an appetizer right away. Then the bustling crowd and the laughter and of course the aroma take over.

I didn't know how it happened, but the words just came out when I ordered. And the words weren't salad or light meal. So I'd leave with too much food and a bad feeling about my lack of willpower. It got worse when I took the leftover box home with the plan to eat it for lunch the next day.

But when I feel bad, I tend to snack and there was that box. So it was a late night snack. Which brought about more bad feelings and more setbacks from a diet standpoint.

"The End Of Overeating" gave me some perspective and some direction. As you said in your commentary, the responsibility is still on us, but at least now I know why I react as I do. Or maybe I can report, as I did,

I went out with the group again and told them upfront to order whatever they liked, but I was committed to beating this addiction to fat, salt and sugar. To my surprise, another member of our gang had the same concerns and followed my lead. That really built my confidence. I liked the idea of leading in a good thing.

We talked about what was in that book. I think we may turn some more of the group around. I know there is work ahead, but I feel like I'm in full control now. It is an exhilarating feeling. Or maybe I should say an empowering feeling, to match your website name?

My next book will be "Fix It." I'm going through the pages contained in the cardiovascular section of your website. Dr. Crandall's book will be the next step for me. I'm working on hitting all four chambers in your heart healthy picture that I saw on the right side of the pages.

I hope to have more good news to send you very soon.

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