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Repo girl
03-13-2006, 03:52 PM
In light of all of the contraversy over LAWL today, I thought maybe it would be fun for us to tell a little bit why we signed up in the first place. That way if we have people coming over to check us out, they can see what we are all doing here!:)


shennie_97
03-13-2006, 04:00 PM
I signed up because i was tired of trying diets and quitting them. An old co-worker mentioned she did well on LAWL and when I saw the commercial I went in for a consult. I was shocked to see the price of the plan, but I am one of thsoe people who will quit a diet program and i have tried them all. So i signed up and went for it, and truth be told, i would have quit long ago if i had not spent the money I had on it. Although now I am doing it because I realize that it works (but of course at first you start to think, I can do this myself)

Do I think I could have done the plan myself at the beginning....absoultely not. I just do not have the will power and I did not know how to eat.

Can i continue to do it now...maybe, bu ti don't have to worry about that because I have paid for it :)

Do I think I will gain back the weight...not at all, because the plan teaches you how to eat. you find new ways of cooking and you learn new ways of eating. Yes I do think a week here and there i will gain a few pounds, but overall i know how to get back on track now.

Could i have done it without this group....I don't know if i could have, but it would defintly have been harder

Repo girl
03-13-2006, 04:01 PM
I joined LAWL because I was tired of being overweight. I wanted to get my old body back, and had been unsuccessful at doing so on my own. I was sick of feeling like crap all the time. I had gotten way too used to putting all of my family's needs before my own, and let myself go downhill a lot. Since I have joined I have lost about half of the weight, and gained a TON of self esteem. LAWL has made take a good look at the bigger picture, like emotional eating and exercise. I know I have a long way yet to go, but so far, I have really enjoyed the ride. Thanks, everyone, for helping so much along the way!


deetsmom
03-13-2006, 04:38 PM
Excellent idea, as always my friend:)

I joined LAWL cos I had tried EVERYTHING...the 3 day diets, the slim fasts, the calorie counting, the exercising, Atkins, low fat, high protein...and lastly Weight Watchers. I lost a good deal of my baby weight with WW but found it just plain stopped working for me despite all my efforts.

I plateaued with 30 pounds to go on WW for almost a year till I was SICK OF IT and heard a LAWL commercial on TV. I signed right up. I felt my counselor cared about me and believe she really does. I love the contact with the office and found the plan easy to follow and adapt to. The money wasnt an obstacle because my well being comes first. Its turned out to be VERY EXPENSIVE ALRIGHT...ALL THESE SMALLER CLOTHES cost a lot of money, LOL!!!!!

30lbsby22
03-13-2006, 04:40 PM
I joined because I was sick of being unhappy with how I looked and felt. My whole life I was always in good shape and within the past couple of years I had let myself go. I hated looking in the mirror. I kept seeing the commercials for LAWL so I decided it couldnt hurt to go in and hear what they had to say. I loved the idea of having to face up to the scale and go WI 3 times a week. I knew I would be doing this by myself and so the one on one support was wonderful and I knew it was just what I need. The weight loss has been slow but at least I am losing. I know I wouldnt have made it this far without the help and support of this forum or the help from the counselors.

slimmerKim
03-13-2006, 05:03 PM
Great post!

I have NEVER been happy with my weight (I now weigh less than I did in high school). After having 3 kids in 4 1/2 years, I felt like a BLOB. I also felt so unhealthy and I had 3 little ones to be a good role model.

I spent about a year after my 3rd child just hating myself. I didn't know what to do - I kept seeing the commercials and called one morning, they got me in that day (of course). And then I put $400 on my credit card that day - something I would NEVER do. So I had to prove it to my husband that it was money well spent (he's always been very supportive).

After 6 mos I had lost 40 lbs. I am thrilled with my results, although I agree that having to buy an entire wardrobe over the past year has been quite expensive!

Boo'sMom
03-13-2006, 05:24 PM
I will gladly spend the money for smaller clothes--in fact, I can't wait!!

I joined because I was sick of who I had become. I was so unhappy and angry with myself that I was taking it out on those I love (DH and girls). Teaching high school didn't help so I even started hating the skinny girls--not fair to them. My in-laws joined in August and by Christmas they were different people. Then I was kicking myself for not starting when they did--my MIL showed me the whole program--I guess I just wasn't ready. By Christmas I was at my all-time ,non-pregnant, high of 188 and I was physically, mentally, and emotionally wrecked. Fortunately my DH wanted to do it with me (yes, twice the cost--still worth it) so together we have lost a combined 45#'s since 12-30-05 and are still plugging away.

Great idea Katie--I needed to see this again--will print all these and post in my bathroom for when I get discouraged. Thanks to everyone for the support.

rad7775
03-13-2006, 05:26 PM
I think that the main reason I joined LAWL was because I want to do something for myself, like all of you, I was tired of trying to lose weight on my own,tired of waking up every morning and said to myself I gotta lose weight, tired of looking at my old pictures and wonder if I ever wuold be able to go back to be the way I was before I have my second baby. I wanted to feel good about myself but, what I was doing to lose weight? Nothing. That's why I joined LAWL.
This program has help a lot of people and combined with the motivation, the support and the experiences that we all share in this board I can tell you that for me is like the best weight loss experience that I ever have!! ;)

marbear
03-13-2006, 05:40 PM
I started this diet because calorie counting didn't work for me and I couldn't stick to radical stuff like slimfast, diet pills, or the cabbage diet. I couldn't do Atkins, either. This diet provides structure and SOME carbs, but it has made me realize that my body must not metabolize carbs as well as other things and that I'm always going to be somewhat limited on how much starchy stuff I eat. Without the structure of the plan I doubt I would have ever realized why I didn't lose much weight eating 1200 calories a day.

emmysmom
03-13-2006, 06:50 PM
Wonderful idea Katie...

I was on LAWL a few years ago, then had my DD. I used my pregnancy as a license to eat whatever I wanted because I figured I would worry about losing the weight later...all 50 pounds of it! After Emmy was born, I continued to eat and eat and eat. I think that part of my problem was some postpartum depression. I tried to start exercising again and eat right, but I just didn't have the motivation.
So one day, I was sitting in my office after eating snacks and soda all day, and thought "What the heck am I doing?". I have a one year old at home, a wonderful husband, a great life! But I'll never enjoy it in this condition. My knees hurt, I would get out of breath going up the stairs, I hated the way I looked and felt. LAWL was the only thing that ever worked for me in the past. Without even thinking twice about it, I picked up the phone and asked if I could stop in to sign up...no consultation, just sign me up! Of course, they were more than happy to follow through with my request. I got home, called my husband, who was still at work, and said I'm doing this...I don't know what else to do...I couldn't picture myself being here when Emmy started Kindergarten and that scared me to death! Maybe things weren't quite that bad, but my body and mind felt differently.
26 pounds later, I feel like my old self. Sure, I have had setbacks and I have 30 more pounds to go, but I will get there. And being able to run around the house with my now 2 year old on my shoulders or play airplane or kick a ball and run around the yard without getting out of breath or most importantly having her see mommy exercise and eat right and say "Baby do too?" is more than reason enough to keep this up.

Thank you for reminding me of why I started this journey and thank you all for being here!

Okay...I think I'm going to cry now...but a happy cry!

pinkflamingo68
03-13-2006, 07:34 PM
What a good thread!

I am a BIG LA fan...so here goes:

I have yo-yoed by about 30-40 lbs. over the last 10 years. At 37, I had tried almost every diet - WW, South Beach, Atkins, exercising alot, etc etc. Things would work for a while, but then I'd fall off track- lose some weight and reward myself with food, have a family emergency or work stress, or simply get complacent - probably everyone here knows THAT particular drill...;)

I would see the commercials and wonder what LA was - but a few small things happened that finally sent me running...I recently got married, and a girlfriend (very tiny girlfriend-100 lbs or so-lol) - bought me an XL sized nightie!!! She did it purely innocently - I guess to her I just looked like an XL...at 175 lbs - I was in a 12-14...I didn't feel like I looked THAT bad!!!!! Then my brother made a comment describing a "chunky" girl, and I said "you mean, chunky like me??" and he said...Oh No! Not as big as you! Again - a slip of the toungue, but the truth was out! Coming to realize people (not just myself) considered me overweight... These things, although little, really hurt. So while I tried to laugh these things off, I knew it was time to change. I was tired of feeling like the biggest (and sometimes actually being the biggest) girl in the room, at family get-togethers or with friends.

You hear so much about so many Americans being overweight. I don't want to be that statistic anymore.

I thought I was a professional dieter who knew everything there was about nutrition - just didn't have the WILLPOWER! Boy, was I wrong! Portion control, sodium and potassium intake, limiting numbers of servings, appreciating your fats, dairy, and starches - not just scarfing food down while standing up in the kitchen...being accountable to yourself, your Center, and your DIARY---what a difference those things make!

Also- if I want those fries, or wine or beer, or pizza - there is a way to work it in! In healthy quantities.

My Center is great - friendly and not pushy with products. But I (after much skepticism) - discovered after the first week how much I really like the products!!! The Lites are great - I feel like I'm cheating every time I eat one.

This program works. Hands down. Sure, it's a little pricey - but I'm not spending money eating out or on snacks...if anything - I'm shopping smarter and wasting less.

If you have tried everything else - LA might work for you!!


Hugs and good luck to all!

PF

green0923
03-13-2006, 08:22 PM
Great idea, Katie!

Here's my scoop ... most of my life I have been a little bit chunky. I have yo-yo dieted a lot ... done everything from Richard Simmons (ALL of his programs), 6 week body makeover, WW, etc. I have done the diet and exercise route MANY times. And I have been successful in losing the weight many times. But keeping it off was something different.

I have an additional challenge -- I'm a Type I Diabetic since I was 13 (when I weighed 128 lbs at 5'8"). I am on an insulin pump, which means I have to be really careful about what and how much I restrict my diet. This also added to my weight gain.

Over the course of the past 7 years, and two kids, I have gained over 150 lbs. TWO of me!

I had toyed with the idea of joining a program, and having tried a bunch of others, I went in for the LAWL consult. The Director was great! She outlined my plan, and while she did "sell" me, she didn't "SELL" me. She talked to me about the program, and showed me some literature on LAWL and Diabetes.

I shelled out ... gulp ... $898 to lose 162 lbs in 81 weeks (cost including stablization and 1 year of maintenance).

Sinice I have joined LAWL, on January 18 of this year, I have lost almost 36 lbs! I LOVE this program. I love it because I get the one-on-one counseling and advice I need. I WI 3 times a week because it helps keep me accountable. I journal all of my intake for the same reason. I stick to the plan because so far, it's been really easy! I know it won't always be this easy, and I'll face lots of temptations, but this is working for me! And I know that, when the time comes that I WANT to quit, and my center will be calling me and asking me why I'm not coming in. They will give me the extra kick in the butt that I will need to get back in the horse. And I know I can do this because this is for me and my family.

The best part of all of this, is that I have learned more about nutrition in the past 7 weeks than I ever did in all of my diabetes education training, and all of my life. I really feel as though I can live this way forever -- because I have learned the causes for my weight gain, and am learning how to combat those causes.

marbear
03-13-2006, 09:22 PM
just wanted to say I love how we all stuck together to give the other side of the story to that thread. When I started my goal was 170...and I kept moving it down because this is the first time I have ever dared to hope that I could be thinner...this diet works that well for me. You just can't put a price on the hope of a thin, healthier life.

deetsmom
03-13-2006, 09:26 PM
(((group Hug))))) :) :) :)

rad7775
03-13-2006, 11:06 PM
To:
Katie,Deets,Tina,Mary,Shennie,Erin,Angelica,Carmen ,pinkflamingo,pseudomargot,Gammababa,stiesta,Boo's mom, Connor'smom,Megan,rebecca, Leah AU mom,slimmerkim,Debbie,dawn78,gymgurl, Heather(purplepirate), sznn, Heather (Candleprincess),ladyizzy, stargazer,Corinna,Juliemarie and all the girls on the LAWL board that everyday share their experiences, feelings, challenges, the happiness when we lose only 1or 2 ounces, and the sadness when we gain one. Thank You for all the support!
:cheer: :grouphug::dancer::dance::cp::carrot::hug::bravo:
:joker::thanks::)

deetsmom
03-13-2006, 11:18 PM
To:
Katie,Deets,Tina,Mary,Shennie,Erin,Angelica,Carmen ,pinkflamingo,pseudomargot,Gammababa,stiesta,Boo's mom, Connor'smom,Megan,rebecca, Leah AU mom,slimmerkim,Debbie,dawn78,gymgurl, Heather(purplepirate), sznn, Heather (Candleprincess),ladyizzy, stargazer,Corinna,Juliemarie and all the girls on the LAWL board that everyday share their experiences, feelings, challenges, the happiness when we lose only 1or 2 ounces, and the sadness when we gain one. Thank You for all the support!
:cheer: :grouphug::dancer::dance::cp::carrot::hug::bravo:
:joker::thanks::)

RIGHT BACK AT YOU! :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:

MTdebster921
03-14-2006, 12:15 AM
I initially joined LAWL for the accountability aspect of it. I lost 90 lbs. on low carb about 6 years ago. I got where I felt comfortable and slowly went back to my old way of eating. Before I knew it, I had packed 60 lbs. back on.
I have tried countless times to get back on the low carb wagon as well as counting calories and even seriously looked into gastric bypass. In my case, it was an easy fix that I was looking for. I would do good on a plan for about a week, then I would cave and just say screw it.

I am normally a shy person, but being overweight multiplied that times 10. I would have been happy being homebound and not having to go anywhere. I actually hated myself. I hated the person that I saw in the mirror. I would think that people around me were judging me or whispering behind my back and there probably were some that did. My DH always calls me his sexy beautiful woman and I can tell by the look in his eyes that that is really how he sees me. I want to see myself the way that he sees me. He loves me no matter what and I want to love myself no matter what.

I had told my DMIL at Christmas that I just couldn't make myself pay for something that I could do myself. Boy was I wrong!!!

Do I think that LAWL is expensive? Yea, I did. I didn't sign up the day I originally went in. I had to think about it and talk to DH about it. He just said,"If you are going to spend that kind of money, I just ask that you stick with it. I haven't said this to you, but I am worried about your health with your weight." That sealed the deal. I did make the decision to go with the lites, but was never pushed into them.

Do I think the expense is worth it? You betcha I do!! I am learning to eat in a way that I can eat for the rest of my life and really stick to. Some say that they are strict on their portions and what you can have. Obviously, in most cases, if you are overweight, then you are in need of a strict eating regimen. Eating what I want, when I want and how much I want is obviously what got me in this situation in the first place.

The ladies at the center I go to have all been on or are on the LAWL plan, so they all know what I am going through and are very excited when I am losing and supportive and helpful when I am stalling. I have been doing LAWL for 2 months now. My mentality now is when I am stalling, instead of saying screw it, I go into the center or get on this forum for the support I need to get through this and stick with it so that I can start losing again. I have never had the snacks or vitamins pushed on me. They haven't even mentioned the vitamins to me except for when they are the special at the time.

It works for me and you know what - I AM WORTH IT!!!

Boo'sMom
03-14-2006, 08:19 AM
Debbie--your DH sounds terrific and very loving. Keep it up--stalls and all--I'm in one and had the momentary screw it thought--then I guzzled water and went to pull weeds!!

angelica1674
03-14-2006, 08:34 AM
:hug: You girls have made me cry this morning!! I am so moved at all the stories and all the support everyone has gave each other.Just think, its with people we havent even met in person.If everyone in the world could be this kind and supportive just think the kind of world we would have!!:hug:

I started LAWL because I had gained weight after my 3rd baby and just couldnt get it off on my own like I used to. I kept seeing them commercials and thinking wow wish that was me.......then I woke up one day and a light went off in my head HEY maybe that could be me so I called. When in to talk to the ladies in the office and I made that desicion right then and there to lose the weight.

22 weeks later I am 62 pounds lighter and I couldnt feel better. I feel sexy for the first time in like forever! It was time I put ME first for a change.

I love 3fc! I dont kniow if it would have been as easy for me without you all but I would have made it work.I am glad I didnt have to though, you all have made this experiance enjoyable and I have a place in my heart for all of you!!

So, to anyone it hasnt worked for, I am truly sorry because I know it has worked for alot of people. Sometimes in a persons life no matter what a person does they are not going to lose weight if they dont have the right mind set. You have to really and truly want it. Losing weight is a tough battle and if you dont have that WANT it's not going to work!


Thank you to ALL of you .You all have encouraged me,praised me,gave me a swift kick in my butt, and just plain been there. Everyone on this board is truly a special person.:grouphug:

deetsmom
03-14-2006, 08:40 AM
:hug: You girls have made me cry this morning!! I am so moved at all the stories and all the support everyone has gave each other.Just think, its with people we havent even met in person.If everyone in the world could be this kind and supportive just think the kind of world we would have!!:hug:

I started LAWL because I had gained weight after my 3rd baby and just couldnt get it off on my own like I used to. I kept seeing them commercials and thinking wow wish that was me.......then I woke up one day and a light went off in my head HEY maybe that could be me so I called. When in to talk to the ladies in the office and I made that desicion right then and there to lose the weight.

22 weeks later I am 62 pounds lighter and I couldnt feel better. I feel sexy for the first time in like forever! It was time I put ME first for a change.

I love 3fc! I dont kniow if it would have been as easy for me without you all but I would have made it work.I am glad I didnt have to though, you all have made this experiance enjoyable and I have a place in my heart for all of you!!

So, to anyone it hasnt worked for, I am truly sorry because I know it has worked for alot of people. Sometimes in a persons life no matter what a person does they are not going to lose weight if they dont have the right mind set. You have to really and truly want it. Losing weight is a tough battle and if you dont have that WANT it's not going to work!


Thank you to ALL of you .You all have encouraged me,praised me,gave me a swift kick in my butt, and just plain been there. Everyone on this board is truly a special person.:grouphug:


Ive said it before, but damn, girl! YOU SHOULD BE IN THE COMMERCIALS! So much weight in 22 weeks, Im sure you ARE a sexy thing! THAT IS AMAZING, you are a different person in such a short time, one of the best LAWL testimonials!!

angelica1674
03-14-2006, 09:04 AM
Ive said it before, but damn, girl! YOU SHOULD BE IN THE COMMERCIALS! So much weight in 22 weeks, Im sure you ARE a sexy thing! THAT IS AMAZING, you are a different person in such a short time, one of the best LAWL testimonials!!
Thank you!! you are such a wonderful woman. You're family are really lucky to have you.

I just know,for me,I feel like I was reborn. I just feel like somebody else.Someone Ive wanted to be for a long time!!To anyone who is considering LAWL and reading this,I am not saying by no means it has not been a struggle, because I have had my share of ups and downs,believe me!!But if you WANT something bad enough it can be yours.You just have to believe in yourself and trust in yourself to do wants got to be done.When you do that, SUCCESS is already yours!!

I need to clean the mascara up......they just dont make good waterproof mascara these days,lol.

PURPLEPIRATE99
03-14-2006, 09:18 AM
Hello my chickies and I too have about cried seeing and reading all these posts. I feel like alot of you -

I started LAWL because I was tired of not feeling good about myself. I had lost most of my weight before I got pregnant in 2003. I was working out and felt healthier than ever. I stayed with my healthy habits even through my pregnancy - but still managed to gain 65/70 lbs. I was devastated, but in loved with the result of a beautiful baby daughter. I lost a good amount of that the first year. I got down to the 180/170's, but then I just couldn't get any further. So I joined WW again b/c it worked the times before. It worked for several weeks and then I had a life changing experience. My stress kept me from losing anymore and I felt like I knew the ww system so could that I could cheat it and still lose - well the only person I was cheating was myself. I stayed within the same 3 lbs from march 05 till november 05. Then I put on about 7 lbs during the holidays and I was just miserable. I finally decided that I wasn't going to wait until the beginning of the year, I wanted to change NOW!!! I wanted to be healthy for my daughter and show her what eating right is all about. I wanted her to be proud of walking beside her Mommy - not ashamed b/c I was bigger or not as pretty. My self-esteem was down and I just didn't feel good. I did do a consult, but due to some tight finances, I decided to try it on my own. I made a promise to myself though, if I didn't succeed on my own - I would join no matter what the cost to do something for myself.

So far, I've lost 14 lbs in ~10 weeks, but I have been working out with weights and cardio since Jan 3. My clothes are fitting so much better and I'm just happy to be back on the right track. I have about 15 more to go to get to where I'm satisfied - I may lose a little more - but I know that is a good weight for me and my build.

The chickies on here have been so much support and motivation for me since I do not go to the center. I feel like I have really accomplished a new and healthy way of eating instead of just calorie couting and substituting junk whereever I could. Thank all you ladies for supporting me and being my friends. It is a pleasure to be here to share successes, help with movtivating, and just being there to chat with everyday situations. Everyone here has come a long way - physically, mentally, emotionally and we can all get to our goal if we stick together!!!!!

Thanks Katie - This has been wonderful!!!

Repo girl
03-14-2006, 09:45 AM
Wow, it has been so nice to get up this morning and read all of these posts. Yesterday after I read all of the slams on LAWL I felt a little defeated, wondering if I was a fool to be trusting them with my weight. Then I started thinking, "How can this be wrong when I have lost almost 50 lbs? And so many of my 3FC friends have lost that much and more?" I do think that there are some really rotten salespeople out there who prey on depressed, overweight women. However, I also believe in Karma, and they will get what is coming to them. As for my center, I would send anyone there. Thanks for all of your stories. You guys have brought tears to my eyes, and reaffimed once again why I am doing this.

rad7775
03-14-2006, 10:35 AM
In my modest opinion:
I believe that one of the most important things in weight loss is the motivation. I allways think that a person that have a problem with a chemical dependency (alcohol, drugs) can stop doing that and don't do it anymore, he is not going to die for stop doing it, but a person that is on a diet or need to lose weight can't stop eating because you can die or get ill, so we are stronger of what we thought because we are learning to deal with our overweight problems in a healthy way. With support, learning nutritional habits, changing bad habits, learn to control ourselves without stop eating, That is what LAWL has done for me.

Repo girl
03-14-2006, 10:59 AM
Well put Milca. I feel the same way. I have really learned to pinpoint what my trigger foods are, and why and when I eat. I am a stress eater. Correction: I used to be a stress eater. I learned to deal with that now.

juliemarie
03-14-2006, 11:14 AM
Okay-my turn;)

I've been overweight since I was a child. I've tried everything-Jenny Craig (now that's expensive!), calorie-counting, tepid showers to increase metabolism, Weigh Down, pills, this weird thing you put in your ear, exercise, cabbage soup, etc.

I had pretty much given up. I haven't tried to lose weight for a couple of years-because every time I do-I end up gaining it back plus more. However, I felt so bad about myself. And when you feel bad about yourself-you can forget about finding your soul mate. Who wants to be with someone who doesn't love themself? Clothes are no fun-and by last June I was in the biggest size in the plus size store (Avenue). I'd couldn't fit into any of the pants at Lane Bryant. I flew to San Diego in the beginning of June and was miserable. I had to use the seat-belt extension. My worst nightmare is that I'd be forced to buy a 2nd seat. I've had people slam the armrest into my hip so hard that I got horrible bruises.

Anyway-my mom had joined LAWL in May and was loving it. She told me she'd pay for the 1st 50lbs if I wanted to join. I put her off, but after the trip I called her and said I'd take her up on it.

I hit the 50 lbs mark right on target in December. Took a little break for Christmas and to save up some money for another 50lbs. The last 9 lbs has gone by slowly, but I've had some "issues". But I've felt more motivated in the last week or so and I know I can do this. I'm training for the Portland marathon in October (walking) and it's already so much easier than the last time. Doing a marathon is always difficult, but doing one at 305lbs is extremely difficult. I can't wait to see what it feels like another 50lbs lighter!

These boards are a life-saver. You guys understand what I'm going through, know all the tricks, but also don't let anyone get away with justifying cheats either. Lord knows I'm my own worst enemy. I need you guys to keep it real.

hkychik
03-14-2006, 11:23 AM
Katie, great post! :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug: for everyone on this board.

I joined LAWL because I am weak weak weak! If I weren't so weak, I wouldn' weigh as much as I do. I need a program (notice I didn't say diet - this is a lifestyle change that I hope will stick with me for the rest of my life) with a major amount of accountability. Yeah, the huge amount of money I had to pay up front is part of the accountability, but so is the food diary, and seeing a counselor 3x a week. I think the saying is "Familiarity breeds contempt" and that has a lot to do with why I can hold myself accountable to the complete strangers at the center and not to myself or my family.

I joined LAWL because, out of the mouths of babes, my kids are embarassed by how big I am. I do not want them to be ashamed of me when I go to their classrooms, or pick them from school, or hockey practice.

I joined LAWL because I want to be a healthy role model for my kids. My 10 year old DS has the most body-concious image for a boy that age that I know. I am afraid it will affect him later on, as he tries not to see himself as big as I am. (He is SCRAWNY- at 68 pounds and all muscle, he thinks he is fat)

Do I trust everything put in front of me at the center? No. The counselors are salespeople - that's how they stay in business. I research a lot of the stuff they tell me. Did I get the sales pressure? You bet. Did I cave? Nope. I may have, if I hadn't found this board and discovered that there are lots of folks doing it without their supplements and bars. Did I feel preyed upon, targeted, or otherwise manipulated? Nope. I don't believe that those tactics are necessary, and if they had manipulated me, I wouldn't have stuck around. Are centers different everywhere? You bet. Some are good, and some not so good. It's too bad, but it's a fact of life.

Is LAWL easy? Nope, but as a wise person on this board once told me, if it were easy, we'd all be skinny. Does it work for me? YUP! Will it work for others? Maybe, maybe not. The program works, it's up to a person to decide that they are at the right place in their life to work with the program. It's a complete lifestyle change, not a quick weight loss solution.

Chklithunder
03-14-2006, 12:31 PM
I guess I will chime in too. My reasons are short and sweet.

I joined LAWL for 2 reasons, first and foremost to learn how to eat healthy, so I can be an example and teacher to my sons, and so that I can be around for them for a long while to come. While no one but the Lord knows when our time is up, I am not going to clog my arteries and be unkind to my body the way I used to. That is so unfair to my family. So unfair to them.

The 2nd reason I joined is because there is something I want to try out on my DH :love: and I don't want to hurt him! Seriously...he should be a happy (happier) camper by summer!!!

About the program and the center, etc. I think a lot of the dissatisfaction people have with them is that the commercials will lead you to believe that it requires very little effort and personal responsibility for you to lose the weight. But just like any other program, if you don't work it it will not work for you. The program is balanced, healthy, and it works!

And to my chickies on this board, here's to us :cheers:!

StargazerJMK
03-14-2006, 01:03 PM
I joined LAWL because I too was tired of being overweight. I basically got sick and tired of being sick and tired. Another reason was I'm approaching an age for me which strikes terror in my heart. My father died at age 56 from a heart attack. He was overweight, he had high blood pressure. Two years ago when I was placed on BP medication I got a Wake Up Call!. If I didn't do something, and SOON, I could very well end up like my father, and thats something I do NOT want to do.

So, I quit smoking (Thank God for the Patch) and now, because I can only work on one thing at a time, I'm losing weight. I'm happy to say that since I started on LAWL my Blood Pressure medication has been cut in half! The ultimate goal is to lose the weight, and to get off the medication altogether.

I could have gone back to Weight Watchers and I did, three times. The problem is, as a life time member, I'm not accountable to anyone. I go in, pay my $9.50 a week, get weighed and off I go.

With LAWL it IS expensive, and I HAVE to be accountable three times a week to someone other than myself. With the cost of LAWL I feel I HAVE to stick with it. Otherwise, I can't justify spending that kind of money.

As for this board, I'm sooo glad I found it. I have received such a warm welcome in the short time I've been here. And REAL encouragement.

The people here are in the exact same boat I am. And that makes me feel that the encouragement they give me is genuine...

I would recommend this program to anyone who seriously wants to lose the weight. It works.

CandlePrincess
03-14-2006, 04:06 PM
I joined LAWL as a last resort before weight loss surgery. Like so many others I have done all the diets...and gained all the weight back, and more I might add. I knew that if I didn't lose the weight I would die being over weight. I went in to my center and after talking with my husband I joined the plan. It's not been easy to change my life but almost 30 pounds later it is worth all of it! I knew it was either LAWL or surgery, and there are far too many complications from surgery.

I couldn't make it without the support of those on this board, and without LAWL I wouldn't be 30 pounds less than I was just 13 weeks ago!

yoga_gurl
03-14-2006, 06:13 PM
About 5 1/2 years ago I became a vegetarian. I lost about 50 pounds and was pretty happy with my weight. In the last 1 1/2 years I have had HUGE stress in my life, and have put on major pounds. I am unhappy with my weight, and am on the verge of major health problems. I do not want to live this way. I feel ready to make some big changes and get healthy. I very much appreciate my sis Katie (Repo Girl) for all the support she gives me, and her encouragement to get started.

Boo'sMom
03-14-2006, 06:23 PM
Yoga gurl--you are sooo lucky--you have a built in support system with Katie. I know you'll do great and you have a great motivator for a sis. Good Luck

30lbsby22
03-14-2006, 06:25 PM
Welcome Yoga!! Your sister is an amazing person. Always encouraging everyone else and doing an amazing job with her weight loss. Glad to have you around now also!!

mujiboston
03-14-2006, 06:46 PM
Great Idea!

I remember lurking 3FC a few years ago during one of my many yo-yoing epidsoes and i was so motivated by the success stories! (anyone know where those are, i can't find them) So, thank you for sharing your current successes.

I have been a chunky kid since i was 8. I was 80lbs at 8, 90lbs at 9, 100lbs at 10, and gained around 10lbs every year and graduated high school at my all time high of 192. (i'm 5ft 3in). I've gained and lost and tried every diet since 16yr. I can exercise 3 hours a day and not lose an ounce because i ate poorly. I like exercising and have completed two marathons...but am still fat. I knew there was something else wrong.

I joined LAWL because I have PCOS, and we have been trying to conceive for 9months without success. I did not want to mess around trying to find something that may work, and i know that i needed the accountability. I've lost 20lbs before the wedding last summer and then with all the hormones and medication, gained it all back. I was scared that if we kept trying, i would be 100lbs over weight before even becoming pregnant, and giving birth 200lbs overwieght, should we ever be blessed. It never quite sank in at the doctor's office, but finally, i realized that i have to lose some weight to increase my chances. Being on LAWL is easier (and cheaper) than being on hormone injections, so, if I lose the weight and able to conceive naturally, that would be the grandest reward.

I am learning alot about being IR and maybe the LAWL diet is really how i NEED to eat to have an appropriate chemical balance. I, too, read all the bashing about LAWL, and was starting to think i was a chump for spending the money. But I've gotta say, It's working!!!

p.s. has anyone noticed that their nails are prettier and healthier since starting LAWL? I think it's a sign of good health.

30lbsby22
03-14-2006, 06:49 PM
funny you say that about the nails. My nails have never been longer and stronger. And everyone notices. Even my DBF. And he doesnt notice anything. I love it!!

deetsmom
03-14-2006, 08:16 PM
Welcome Katie's sister! We love her around here, Im sure you will find lots of support from us all, YOU CAN DO THIS!!

rad7775
03-14-2006, 10:07 PM
Yoga gurl:welcome: Your sister Katie is a sweetheart, Like the other girls said one of the greatest motivator in this site.

Repo girl
03-15-2006, 12:14 AM
Awww, you guys are so sweet.

Corinna
03-15-2006, 06:28 PM
Hi Everyone,

I joined LAWL because I am tired of living in yoga pants.

My work clothes are ok (they mask alot) but as soon as I get home I peel everything off and put on a tshirt, a fleece sweater and yoga pants....that's it....the same outfit every day....and god help me if DH wants to go out....it is a huge production figuring out what I can wear....everything else is too tight or too uncomfortable to wear and I am tired of it.

So far, the program has been pretty good. It isn't cheap....but it is worth it. It hasn't been STRESS-FREE to follow (mainly because I am changing life long bad habits) but it has been easy enough (real food, flexible structure, etc)....the accountability of weighing in 3 times a week is really key for me....the counsellors have been ok so far - but not as helpful as the info and support that I have found on this board! All in all, it has been a great decision.

ama36
03-16-2006, 11:52 AM
:dance: :dance: :dance: Well, I was on the verge of quitting this morning, when I go in to the center. After reading the stories, I finally feel like giving this my all.

I have been on and off w/w for years, and years.......... I had lost 30lbs, but soon thought I could do it on my own an regained every bit back! I'm only 5'1" so that's a huge amount, not to mention I need to loose like 50 more than that.

I haven't warmed up to the LAWL or the couselors, I went out of town for like 4 days to a boucherie in south Louisiana, and this is only my 3rd week on plan, so I haven't been consistent. In fact I weigh 1# more than when I started. I was starting to miss the flexibility of the w/w plan, but it was too flexible for me, I had no restrictions.

The turn off with lawl for me is the bars. BARS BARS BARS, that's all I hear. I'm not spending that kind of money on something I feel I shouldn't have to eat to lose weight, that started to make me doubt the program and not trust them. I had this constantly in the back of my mind, that they're untrustworthy.

So, like I said, I had made up my mind that this moring when I go in, I was quitting. And I have been so low this past 2 weeks, because I knew I wanted to quit, but I'm so miserable, embarresed, you name it because of my weight.

After reading this thread, I'm going for it! I'm staying on, I'm selling out to the plan and I'm going to be my normal weight again. Enjoy shorts and tank tops, being around my husbands entire skinny butt family, all that!

Thank you ladies! I wish we could meet and hug!

ama

Repo girl
03-16-2006, 11:58 AM
You definitely CAN do this Ama!!!

angelica1674
03-16-2006, 12:01 PM
yes Ama you can and we all have faith that you can! Dont give up

Corinna
03-16-2006, 08:29 PM
Ama - don't give up. You can do this. Everyone here is rooting for you! :cheer:

marbear
03-16-2006, 09:29 PM
Ama, don't do the bars. You can't throw the baby out with the bathwater...look at Katie and Karen. They are two of our biggest success stories and they did it with no bars at all!

PURPLEPIRATE99
03-16-2006, 10:13 PM
Ama- So glad to see your post - we can all do this together!!!!

ksdiogi
03-18-2006, 04:02 PM
Why I joined- Well, Mom went back to WW. When we originally started 9 years ago, we were at Diet Workshop along with DGM. They closed so we went to TOPS. They celebrated a birthday party on our 3rd and had cake, ice cream, and regular soft drinks. We left there and went to WW. Mom reached goal and started working for them. I got within 30 lbs of goal and quit.
Mom joined a Saturday morning 8AM class in mid January. I knew I couldn't commit to that early but that I had to lose weight. My cholesterol was barely in the normal category but my bad cholesterol was elevated. My blood pressure was on the high end of normal and occasionally going above normal. I flew on a Song flight from Boston to Ft. Lauderdale and before I could even try to put my seat belt on, the flight attendant slipped up and stuck a seat belt extension on the flap hanging down. I took it off and SQUEEZED into the regular belt but knew then I needed to do something. When I got back from Florida, I spent the week painting, getting new carpet, and eating/drinking everything I wanted. Then on Monday, I went to LAWL and joined. I loved the counselor from that day. On Wednesday, she was out sick. Friday she was back and then out again on short term disability until who knows when. She was great. The rest were changing, new, etc. I was frustrated, getting a heavy sales pitch, and not getting the tools I needed (like how much flour equals a starch). When I asked for conversions, they couldn't give it but could sell me some bars or pills. I had made up my mind to quit and to get my money back (through whatever fighting it took).

And I found this board. The members here are wonderful. I decided I didn't want to do bars and that I could make the rest of the program work. I went in the following Monday, got my $1500 back on the bars, and told them I didn't want the sales pitch. I still get it occasionally but I JUST SAY NO!!!! The accountability at the COD coupled with the support of this board makes it a great life style change (not a diet)!

Just 22 lbs lighter and I already feel better about my body. And since someone else started the "married sex" comments, I'll say this - I can tell a big difference there, too. DH has lost about 35 lbs. Between the two of us, we've lost the weight of our 9 1/2 year old DD. :-)

slowlyshrinking
03-18-2006, 04:47 PM
Well, I joined LAWL because I had promised myself I would do something about my weight last summer, and it was the end of July, and I kept making up reasons why WW wouldn't work - I really don't get into some of the group stuff there. Anyway, it has worked well for me. The three time a week weigh in, a very structured program - all have really helped. I do get a little frustrated with the COD some days - buy this, eat less turkey, eat more turkey, etc. But, I don't let it bother me.

The other thing I have to say is that this board has been one of the reasons I've been able to stay on the program - half the time somebody's already posted about my concern, and the support is phenomenal. I think it would be really hard to do this without our little family.

So, I'm more than 1/2 way there, and am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I put on a size 14 pants today, and was in a tight 26 last summer, so I have NO COMPLAINTS!

mrshobo
03-18-2006, 08:41 PM
Hello, I am back at LAWL because I know it works. I lost 145lbs on the program and have gained most of it back. I do the at home program.. Glad to find this site and glad to be back on LAWL.

Repo girl
03-20-2006, 12:06 PM
Hi Mrs Hobo, welcome!!!!

Repo girl
06-08-2006, 11:40 AM
Okay, this is an old thread, but sometimes it is nice to look back and remember why we are fighting this battle in the first place. Check out what you wrote Shennie. So perfect for right now, I think.

winkie03
06-08-2006, 11:55 AM
i am loving this thread. i have to tell my story, but i'm at work and it will take too long. In short, I was feeling sorry for myself. I did the Atkins diet about 5 years ago and lost 80 pounds, but gained it back. My family was going through a lot. My DB was injured in a terrible motorcycle accident and was left paralyzed. During his recovery, I ate and ate .... all the way back up to my old size. 5 years later, I'm heavy again and I was tired of looking and feeling the way I did and wanted to look and feel the way I was feeling "inside." I was becoming majorly insecure and shy. I didn't want to go out, (clubbing, shopping, etc.) because I was ashamed of the way I looked. My husband never had a problem with my weight (so he says) because he always says that he'll love me no matter what. I just had to do it for my own well being. I'm glad I did. Now I'm enjoying the benefits of being healthier and thanking my DH's cousin for introducing me to LAWL!! I'm thanking myself for finding a group of friend in this forum!! Thank you.

hkychik
06-08-2006, 11:57 AM
Thanks, Katie! What a wise bunch of chicks we are....

shennie_97
06-08-2006, 05:23 PM
Okay, this is an old thread, but sometimes it is nice to look back and remember why we are fighting this battle in the first place. Check out what you wrote Shennie. So perfect for right now, I think.


thanks Katie, I have got to get back on track and I know I can do it, I just need the kick in the behind to get started....I tell you I forgot how hard it was in the beginning:?:

lak_55119
06-08-2006, 09:11 PM
Hi everyone I have been lurking in the background for a while. What controversy are you talking about. I have heard nothing.

Boo'sMom
06-08-2006, 09:15 PM
Oh--way back someone came onto this thread pointing out another 3FC thread will all this negative LAWL stuff so this was started to remind us why we are doing it. People who aren't successful love to complain--like it's the programs' fault and not their own. Please. Those kind of people usually drop in, spew their negativity and disappear again. Good riddance.