Just to let everyone know: it's official. I'm now down 80 pounds, in a little over 6 months! All glory to God!
I still have a long way to go. I'm 5'6", 202 pounds, so I need to lose quite a bit more. But, I'm female, 59 years old, and I consider this to be quite an accomplishment for me - the Queen of Chick-Fil-A. I'm planning on starting exercising regularly soon; I've not done that so far - just a little treadmill work every few weeks. But I now feel well enough to begin exercising to strengthen the muscles and improve my cardiovascular fitness and keep the weight loss going.
I'll have to admit here to still missing some of the old, bad foods. I worry about slipping back into my old way of eating - not out of need, but just a kind of longing. But I love the way I feel now, and when I feel hungry/snacky/whatever I just eat a huge salad and that seems to calm the beast.
For newbies, as you may have learned, we don't do any counting, weighing, measuring or totaling up points. We just eat! Healthy, natural foods cooked without added oil. What a revolution!
The McDougall Plan is the easiest thing I've ever done, and undoubtedly the healthiest.
Our family is funny in a way because I also feed MY DOG in the natural way - no dry kibble - only raw meat. It's considered the safest, closest to their physiological needs. (And with the dog food recalls lately, I'm glad I'm doing this.) So at the grocery store, with my cart laden with fruits, vegetables, potatoes and some pork butt, when the checkout girl asks how I'm going to fix the pork, I tell her I'm vegetarian, so the $20-meat is for the dog and the $120 worth of vegetables are for me! What a great country!