Since my wife mentioned I'm trying to lose weight, I figured I might as well start a Journal thread. Mary had already become interested in the McDougall program when we got married in 1995. I was a bit skeptical at first but have gradually become more and more convinced it's the best program around. I'm about 5' 8 1/2" and take no medicine and want to keep it that way.
Around 2001 we took a vacation to the Napa valley and since we were going to be in the Santa Rosa area, we went to the St Helena Hospital and by asking around arrived in Dr. McDougall's office. I don't remember now which came first, but we got a tour of the facility and when in the office I saw Dr. McDougall standing there and grabbed Mary and we went up and introduced ourselves. Apparently there was a 10 day program going on so he was pretty busy, but we talked one of the people there into taking a picture of us with him.
Then coming back from the Napa Valley area we had some spare hours so we made our way to the Right Foods factory and got a tour of that place, which was pretty interesting.
Over the years we've tried becoming more and more McDougallish, and in the past couple of years I'd come down from about 280 (my all-time highest weight) to 218 when I got a checkup and blood tests. The Dr. called me in and said I had type 2 Diabetes based on the fasting blood sugar levels. (285; Cholesterol 243) So she started to tell me what medicine she wanted to put me on, but I said Woah! Anyway she agreed to let me try reducing my numbers by diet. She did have me take another blood test to get a baseline Hemoglobin A1c which was a very high 12.3 So I immediately (well actually even before I went to see her the first time) switched to a strict McDougall diet, which with a few exceptions; not actually backslides but social occasions, I've been on since then. After two months I got my blood tested again, but the numbers were only marginally better (Cholesterol 222; Aic 11.4. Still I managed to lose 8 pounds in the first two months and another 4 pounds in the past 2 1/2 weeks or so. I was 206.0 this morning which is the least I've weighed in at least 10 years. My next tests are to be in the middle of January, so my immediate goal is to get under 200 before then, which looks very doable. Medium range I want to get to 180 and then see whether I have to go farther or not to get rid of the insulin resistance.
I have no symptoms, and have been feeling better than in ages since I've lost so much weight. I even played ping-pong on Thanksgiving day and was able to play for about an hour and impressed myself on how well I can still move around at age 64. When I talked to the Dr. I asked about liver and kidney function and she said they were in the normal range. So I don't think there's much risk in continuing without any medicine at this point.
I'll try to keep this thread up on what progress I'm making.
I'm just here for the food.