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.