[quote author=blonde1954 link=topic=54.msg1718#msg1718 date=1211210812]
Hi everyone! I have just ordered the book from Amazon, and even paid the extra for overnight shipping! I have now started to feel empowered for the first time in a decade. I feel hope now.
First, I want to respond to the problem of teen obesity. It is so touchy. I am now 53 and my late mother began abusing me and my two sisters as soon as we went through puberty and got hips and breasts. I was very pretty and at a good weight in high school (now that I look back), but mom always told us we were fat ugly pigs. All three of us are obese (my youngest sister and I are also recovering alcoholics). So, I have a lot of rotten "software" that needs to be uninstalled. Overwight children need so much love, because the world is so cruel.
I have been sober for 10 and a half years, thanks to the 12 Steps and my wonderful therapist. I have also been on almost every anti-depressant made in the last 10 years. I know that they have really helped to keep me sober. My psychiatrist is a certified addiction specialist, and he is wonderful. He says that the major reason his patients go off their antidepressants is sexual dysfunction, and weight is a close second. I have suffered both, but he has convinced me that they are critical to my life. Currently I am taking 450 mg of Wellbutrin and 60 mg. of Cymbalata in the morning, and 150 mg. of Trazedone at night. I practically rattle!
My mood is good, although I have a lot of stress, just like everyone. I have gained 70 pounds in the last 10 years. I hate it, but have felt absolutely powerless to change it. I have been working on this for over a year with my therapist (I have only recently been able to discuss it), and I know that my reasons for overeating are not psychological anymore. I recently married a wonderful man who adores me -- I know food isn't love! It just puzzles me no end at how I can be hungry 2 hours after a large meal including dessert.
Non-stop hunger -- that's the problem. I am in fabulous health -- blood pressure and blood sugar normal, the choloesterol values of a marathon runner. I am very active, and lift weights with a personal trainer twice a week for an hour. I do need to increase my cardio work, which I am already staerting to do. I bounght a treadmill and the weather is now warm enough here in Minnesota to walk outside.
I am very thrilled to be beginning my journey. I am starting the carb increase today and can't wait to read the book tomorrow. I finally feel like I have the power to change my life. I see my psychiatrist in five months for medication management. I know that this program will work for me, and I know he will be enthusiastic about it if it works. He is a great guy, and is always looking for ways to help his patients get better.
Glad to be with you all!
Welcome! That is quite a bit of "stuff" you have had in your lifetime. Congrats on being sober for so long! I have a father who is an alcoholic, but worse, he is in denial about it. Anyway, I wanted to also recommend some other books by Dr.Phil - "Self Matters" and "Ultimate Weight Solution" I have used these books and he really provides a great break down of your entire thought process - very beneficial to success in weight loss!
Best of luck to you!