This wasn't my second time around with McDougalling itself, but as far as a serious, organized, planned weight loss attempt, it was probably my ninth.
In my middle years, I found myself so embarrassed by my previous attempts, successes, and rebounds that I often gave up before I started, resigning myself to being overweight, out of shape, and generally unhealthy, as if it were my fate. I had tried so many motivational techniques, visualizations, group support, food diaries, etc., that I had read about, but they had not had long-term success.
So when I approached this way of eating, I stayed very small and quiet. I told only the one closest to me (my husband) that I was making a change. I tracked my weight and other data on a tiny note pad in pencil. I vowed that I would not say a word about it until I had gotten past a certain mark (33 pounds), because it seemed to be as far as I could go and I always regained weight from that place.
I got up half an hour earlier to allow myself time for a little workout indoors (I hate gyms and classes), and time to come on this website and read the newsletter articles and other information. I did it earlier so I wasn't imposing on anyone else's time.
This might not work for everyone, but it worked for me. I kept it as quiet and private as I could, for two reasons: one, to spare myself the humiliation of yet another relapse, and two, to not bother anyone with my efforts.
Once people started to notice, it became a different story and motivation. I now had people asking questions (at work, friends, etc.), and I also kept my answers very brief and succinct. "I avoid all animals products and processed oils." I don't preach, and I don't often share about the whole way of eating. But now that I've told people about it, I also have the pride factor, that I am certainly not going to eat the brownies or whatever at the luncheon!
[Mostly when folks ask how I did it, I tell them truly, "You don't want to know!" because they don't. They are usually slapping their too-ample belly with one hand while lifting the burger with the other.]
So I don't know if this is of any help--it is just what one older lady who had dieted off and on for 50 years did, and it has worked this time.
5'3" tall, 63 YO. Started Jan. 11, 2010.
Thank you, Dr. McD!