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Diana Langton from Spokane, WA
My name is Diana Langton and I'm from Spokane Valley, WA. I have been overweight all of my life. I have tried various weight loss methods, usually involving pills such as Phen Phen. I did do the point counting program and had success but the weight always came back on. Before Positive Changes my eating habits were pretty much out of control. I ate for comfort and relief of stress. I felt like I was out of control and I had very low self-esteem.
The turning point was my last physical in which the doctor pretty much said it's time you lose weight. I was on high blood pressure medicine and was having joint pain. My blood sugars were up and nearly at the diabetic level. It was quite an eye opener and I knew I needed to lose weight. I had been interested in the hypnosis process for about a year. I knew that I needed to change my behavior and the way I thought about food in order to make it a long-term achievement.
My routine before Positive Changes was basically that of a couch potato. I am a stay at home grandma. I watched a lot of TV and read a lot of books. I was on the internet quite a bit. My weekly routine pretty much involved staying at home and watching TV, possibly lunch out with relatives and then early to bed.
After coming to Positive Changes, I now have a new routine. I work out in the morning, I take care of my grandson 2 days a week, and I travel a lot.
I heard about Positive Changes through the TV ads. I had been interested in it for probably over a year before I actually got the incentive from my doctor to follow through on a weight loss program. I knew that I needed to change my behavior in order to make it long term. I didn't want to go through and lose the weight only to regain it. It is such a sense of loss to regain weight after a lot of effort to lose it.
I was a little skeptical of the hypnosis process because I didn't know too much about it. Hypnosis to me was clucking chickens and barking dogs. I didn't really have an idea of how the program worked so I went in for a consultation and learned that a lot of it was repetitive positive re-enforcement and that made sense to me.
I noticed the changes in my behavior right away after the program started. I lost rapidly the first 3 months. To date I've lost 87 pounds. I've gone from a size 20 to a size 4. That was a huge change. My weight has pretty much stabilized now, maybe a little drop here and there. I'm happy where I am and plan to keep it there.
I lost 5 pounds the first week of my program and 20 in the first month. After that it was a slower process but that was to be expected. I wasn't in a hurry. I just wanted to it come off naturally, which it did. That is the only way that I could do it. It was pretty much effortless because this was how I ate.
All my cravings, food binges and poor eating habits changed. Carbs had always been my binge food and now I just stay away from them. Now when I'm hungry I think about fruits and vegetables, which were not what I looked for before. I definitely had a behavioral change there.
I would say that I eat less and I eat healthier. I feel better mentally and physically. Exercise came slower to me. It was hard for me to really get into a consistent program because of the limitations of being so overweight. Now I exercise to Jillian Michaels 3-4 times per week and I enjoy it. I look forward to how it makes me feel.
I have more confidence that I think comes with accomplishment and physical change. I think you perceive yourself differently when you are proud of what you accomplished. You feel good about yourself. I believe that my self-esteem is a hundred percent. I don't know if it could get stronger. I'm quite proud of what I have accomplished.
There have been many changes in my eating habits. I didn't drink a lot of sodas but that is one thing that I don't miss at all. In fact, it actually makes me sick to even think of drinking a soda. The biggest change for me is my water intake. I didn't drink a lot of water before Positive Changes and now I drink at least 8 glasses a day, probably closer to 64 to 80 ounces a day. I don't snack now. I eat normal meals, only smaller portions. I cook differently now. I cook a separate protein, carb and a vegetable. I don't do casseroles because of the sauces. I like the three foods separately so I get a better idea of what I'm consuming.
I have and always will have insomnia but it's better than it was before. Now that my weight is down I no longer have a c-pap machine, which I had for sleep apnea. I no longer snore and keep my husband awake. He loves that.
I haven't been to my doctor for a complete check up but I have seen the doctor for other things. She asked about my weight loss and I told her how I did it. She was impressed. I am off all of my blood pressure medicines and now I'm totally un-medicated.
My joints are stronger so I can walk upstairs without pain and I think that is awesome for a 53 year old. I am also more relaxed.
I was a little hesitant about the food and nutritional information because I had been through the point counting program and I thought I knew quite a bit but actually I did not. The need for protein was a huge eye opener for me. One thing that they didn't stress was the need for the foods in combination and how they reacted in your body. They were just about points, not emphasizing how you should use those points, just don't go over the points. I know the nutrition classes here were definitely a big benefit for me.
My family has noticed the changes. It's pretty hard to miss; 87 pounds is a lot for a 5'4" person. They are quite excited about it. My son needs to lose some weight and I think I gave him the incentive to do it.
I think the most valuable benefit that I have received from Positive Changes is my behavior changes, without that it wouldn't be forever and that was what I was after. I knew that I could lose weight, I've done it before, but I've never been able to maintain. I started my program in May of 2010 and that was over a year ago. That was the longest I've gone with maintaining and losing, so I feel confident that the weight loss is going to stay off. I will make it be that way.
I was hesitant about the price of the program but I don't think you can put a price tag on your health and after the results that I have gotten, I definitely think the cost was justified and money well spent.
If someone was considering Positive Changes, I would tell them to go in with an open mind and be commited. Follow the program and you will do well. That is what I tell my son who is very important to me.
I definitely think my weight loss is permanent; that was my whole reason for coming here. It was my need for a change in behavior. That's the only way I would have gone into it. I have done the other routes to lose weight and have come to realize that you have to change the way you look at food and live your life. It has got to come naturally or it won't be easy to maintain. I've been comfortable in the way that I eat and I think that is why I have been successful. It is the way I want it to be.
* By following our program, our clients lost more than 4 lbs. on average in their first 3 weeks.
Results from a study commissioned by Positive Changes and performed by researchers at The Ohio State University.
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