Hi! My name is Teresa Beeman. I am the founder of It’s Not About A Diet.com and the author of the (upcoming) book by the same name.
You could almost call me a professional dieter or an “expert” dieter. Through the years I have attempted to lose weight by following more than a dozen diet plans. I had varying degrees of temporary success.
Even though I read stories or heard people talk about how wonderful these diets were – how they worked so well – how thousands of pounds of excess weight people had shed by following them, I never saw that much difference in my weight.
Losing weight became a mission for me. People who knew me as a child, in my teens or my 20’s, might be amused by that statement. At the age of 20, I weighed about 124 pounds. After giving birth to my first child, I have never seen that number on the scales again.
What happened? Well, sometimes I’m not sure. Just like pretty much everything else in life, it’s never just one thing. It’s seldom that simple. And so it has been with me trying to permanently see lower numbers on the scale.
Surprisingly, I don’t have a lot of the health issues that most overweight people have. No high blood pressure, bad cholesterol readings, high triglycerides or other complications. My hemoglobin A-1c runs around 5.8 and I don’t have a medicine cabinet full of prescription medications.
When I was growing up, I was slender – some would even say skinny. But my weight ballooned, bounced up and down, then up again. It has literally been like trying to keep a runaway bouncing ball under control.
My diet has consisted of lean meats, fish, fresh vegetables and fruits. My one weak spot is for dark chocolate. I don’t drink sodas, sweetened tea, wine or beer. I don’t snack on chips. Cookies, ice cream, cakes and pies are seldom even in my house.
So what is the explanation for the extra weight? Possibly being more sedentary than I was 20+ years ago, but in the past 15 years I’ve spent a lot of time doing water aerobics, T’ai Chi, walking (5 miles a day) using a rebounder and recently bringing in a treadmill.
Has the weight budged? No, it hasn’t.
In 2010 I did something I swore I would never do. I had bariatric surgery – a full Roux-n-Y gastric by-pass. Did it work? Well, let’s just say the surgery itself was a success and the patient lived, but the end results have been less than stellar. So, in a word, no; it didn’t work.
As you can see, there is a lot to my story and I’m happy to share with you anything that is helpful.
I would like to suggest that you get on the mailing list (the opt-in box is to your right in the side Navigation). Also, consider joining the Support group. The fee is nominal and there is a lot of information that others are willing to share.
Looking forward to interacting with you soon!
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