I so appreciate your perspective on why people kind of get despondent over even hearing of yet another diet, when nothing has worked so far and so much has been tried. I completely relate to that.
I'd also add that I think folks just turn off to the old "Oh try my new diet, it's just great" and blah, blah, blah and then a few months down the line you've lost interest -- and they just see that you tried to drag them into your latest fad.
Last year, at just this time, I was having a dinner with family and one member exclaimed the virtues of her recent diet for a good long while, as many of us "cheated" over an extravagant Easter meal. She'd had a long consultation with an expensive dietician to help her loose I'd say well over 150 pounds. A year later I think she is up another 50 pounds and made us all a killer desert for Easter dinner. That diet is long forgotten.
I absolutely am not going to judge this woman or try to sell my diet to her. I haven't lost my weight and sustained the loss for a good long while.....yet. Still, I had a hunch she wouldn't be able to execute that expensive diet plan, as it was complex and minutely portion controlled. Sadly, that's how it played out too, this year she's up about 50 pounds above last year.
Maybe this is why our Doctors don't have faith either - they must see people try and fail over and over again. Even when consulting other "medical professionals" for tailored diets.
I just was so touched that your Doc showed you off around the office. Seriously, he must be grateful to you for being so tenacious to see this through. The way you described it, he sounded so like a proud parent. And now you two really are a team in this -- just as we hope are doctors can be with us.
You have said a great many things that I'll come back to as I go forward. Your example is very compelling, as are your sage observations and your fabulous numbers. Good grief, you still have a few to shed and look at the TC number, not to mention the glucose numbers, wow. We are all looking forward to your Star McDougaller write up one day in the not to distant future
Thank you for the inspiration - for me, us and especially for your Doctor- Michelle
PS: Did you say what you are doing for exercise these days?