Hope you don't mind if I set the mood ;-). I'm a 47 year old man, who has had a weight problem as far back as I can remember. I have long Gray hair down to the middle of my back and a full Gray beard. At 307 pounds, you're probably getting the image of Santa Claus, well that's close enough ;-). Back in November I was diagnosed with depression, seems I've alway suffered from it. The meds made a huge difference. The I was diagnised as ADHD, again the meds did wonders. If only I had known I had these problems when I was in school. Oh well.
I've tried many different diets over the years and always came back 10 pounds heavier. At 307, I was reluctant to try another diet and come back at 317, but I had to do something! My new G.P. suggested Bypass Surgery the first time I met him! It so happened I was scheduled to have a Colonoscopy within a few weeks so I decided I would talk with that doctor and did some research on the Bypass surgery. I decided the surgery was only a last resort for me, I also decided that if my weight wasn't under control by the time I was 50, I would seriously consider having it.
Then I spoke with the doctor who was going to do my Colonoscopy, he was against it and had been on the South Beach diet. He recommended it highly.
Well I started the South Beach diet on June 7th, 2004, already down 12 pounds from my 307 just from the change in attitude (I credit it with the depression finally being under control). I'm telling you all of this because I don't want to misrepresent my results. I love the South Beach diet, but I credit my new mental state as well.
Since June 7th I have lost 58.5 pounds on the diet for a grand total of 70.5 pounds! I stayed on Phase 1 for 5 weeks and lost 23 pounds. I could go on forever on this topic, but I need to get back to work ;-). I have a detailed weekly blog at http://mjsdietblog.blogspot.com/
. If it's appropriate, I might transfer it to 3FCs, I'm still finding my way around. Well good luck to all of you, and take care..