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"This is a great place for motivation, support, ideas, etc. I have literally dieted 38 of my 48 years and I HAVE LEARNED MORE IN THE SIX WEEKS SINCE I JOINED THIS GROUP than ever before. Oh, I knew all there was to know about calories, fat grams, carbs, etc. I could write my own book. What I have learned....actually, what I am learning is about self-image, positive attitude, etc. I knew all the physical stuff but here I am learning about the mental part of weight loss. I am finding out that is an essential part of any weight loss program."
In 25 years I've never come across anyone with your warmth and dedication to helping others. Call me a cynic, but I don't expect other people to be interested in me and my weight loss problem. You have changed all that. I've been a member of your program for nearly 6 months and I have lost 54 pounds. I'd rather not say how much I weigh (not yet anyway) but I will say that you personally have inspired me to lose more than any other program I've tried. I think you are awesome, I think your diets and your forum is awesome - you have been a life-changing experience for me and I can't find the words to thank you enough. So I'll just say "thanks".
An amazing thing happened this week which I want to share. I had a really bad weekend and fell totally off the wagon. Normally when this happens I just give up and it can take months before I pick myself up and start again. BUT I logged in here on Sunday night and reading all your posts really inspired me. So many of you have so many challenges in your life but you are still hanging in there and not losing sight of your goals. I know now that, with your help (and Anne's help) I CAN DO THIS. So Monday morning I restarted my diet and today the scales tell me I have lost 4 pounds!!!!!! Thanks so much to you all for inspiring me to carry on.
You want support. We got support. After joining on Mother's Day (I have two grown daughters), I can't believe the thoroughness (is that a word) of this website. The diet plans are absolutely doable. And the encouragement we receive from likeminded people is the best. We have found the "mother ship"!!
I would like to say a really big thanks to everyone!!! Even though I have only been in the program since Monday, I am totally amazed. Everyone is so helpful and upbeat. The inspiration and encouragement that comes from this group is just awesome. Anne, thanks mostly to you for providing all of us with such a great place to cry, gripe and laugh, and maybe solve our problems. My only regret is that I didn't find this site sooner. I hope you all have a great (and healthy) weekend.
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I am so surprised I stood on the scales 3 times to be sure but it's true, I weighed in at 170 pounds this morning which is another loss of 3 pounds this week. That is 12 pounds in 4 weeks and I don't even feel like I am depriving myself. I can't believe this is happening to me and I've been doing the Forum's HAPPY DANCE around the kitchen this morning! Thank you all for your help. I couldn't have done this without you.
I only lost 2 pounds this week BUT I did make it to the BIG 50 pound loss, and that is exciting. I have never lost this much before and to be honest I know I would have given up long ago if it hadn't been for Anne's help and the support of all you good people here on the Forums. Can't tell you how much I love you all and appreciate your support..
I am now 76 kilos so have reached my interim weight... I am so excited as only 4 more to go to reach my final goal of 72. It is so good fitting into the clothes I had put at back of wardrobe becasue they were too small for me. I feel I have a whole new wardrobe. When I joined I didn't think I would ever be able to lose this much weight but THANKS to all you guys I have and am thrilled and if I can do it so can all of you...
I really came into this program thinking it would be like all the other things I have tried and wasted money on, but here is proof that Anne is different, because she helps us to become different people. This forum group is the best!
I did it!!! I finally reached my goal...in fact I am one pound under goal at 127 pounds! I can't believe that I am here with the rest of you gals who have been such an inspiration to me along the way! Thanks for showing me that if you were successful, I could be too!
Another successful week (thank the Lord) Down to 256 pounds - That is a total of 24 so far in 6 weeks. Thank Heaven I have the best support team here and I want you all to know how much I appreciate your encouragement. I couldn't do this without y'all.
I see what people mean about this forum being so supportive! I've never been in such a wonderful wonderful wonderful place. I feel I'm surrounded by people just like me, who really want me to succeed. It all stems from Anne herself, but all you guys are so sweet and so caring. I've been 300 pounds for years and I've tried tons of different diets but NOTHING ever like this. I've lost 17 and a half pounds so far but much more important... I really do think I can succeed this time. No more losing and gaining the same 10 pounds! Sorry for the rant, but I just wanted to say thanks to everyone.
This forum is such a great support, it gives us all a chance to chat about successes and struggles and whatever you're going through you can talk about and get support, on good days and bad. all in all its a low key, realistic, no gimmicks plan. work hard, make good choices, have a plan for how to overcome bad choices on bad days, work together and track your progress.
Even tho I have only been a member a short time myself (3 weeks today) I can assure you that this place is just great. There is so much support and inspiration, it makes you want to do good. I had never posted on any kind of message board or forum until this one. Now, I can hardly wait to check the new messages every day.
Even after I lose all the weight I need to I'm staying here because of the great friends I've made. It's like a second family and so much encouragement.
Such positive attitudes on this forum really help me a lot. I print some of them out and during the week I look at them and it helps me to know that I'm not the only one.
I have dieted forever, and have tried to include my family in it, but not like this. Anne gave me a great piece of advice and that was not to change everything overnight. It's really working and I can't believe how lucky I was to stumble across this site.
I must say I'm doing fantastic! I love your program. So far I've lost 20 pounds in 8 weeks. And it's so easy to follow. I won't say I don't still get cravings for all the bad things I used to eat but they are getting fewer every day.
I knew something was different when I started this program, this time. It really didn't feel like one of the millions of diets I've been on in the past - it felt healthy, a true change of lifestyle.
Thanks for all your support and encouragement. I feel like I've learned in one month a lifetime's worth of information about having a positive attitude about eating.
Anne, just wanted to let you know how incredibly wise you are. I was hesitating to join your program until after New Year's as I have a Christmas Eve dinner to attend and a party New Year's. You answered everything by just simply stating that a little indulging two days isn't going to matter in the scheme of things, it will only take me a little longer to lose the 10 lbs I have struggled with for a year. Thank you for advice I will never forget. I've already gotten my money's worth...
... thank you for being so accessible, providing input and feedback so readily! This forum has been a Godsend for me!
... Anne, you deserve all this credit and more! You have believed in me like no one else and most importantly, you showed me how to believe in myself! You truly are a great lady Anne, even with your busy schedule of clients that you see in your office each week, you still take the time to be here for us whenever we need you. I think of you as more than my nutritionist and weight-loss coach, you are a real friend!
I'm starting to take control of my life... thank you Anne for your clear, no-holds-barred, honest, in-your-face help....It just may have saved my life....really!
This discussion forum has really opened my eyes. To be able to talk to so many other women who are my size (300 pounds) and losing weight, and who are SO supportive... it's such a positive experience. Bless you Anne.
Many will be able to relate to your story. I for one tried LA Weight Loss years ago, but unlike you I actually bought some of the products - talk about stupid! But, like you I learned my lesson - I stopped because I realized like Jenny Craig and so many others, theirs was a short term solution that was not teaching me how to live in the 'real' world. I wanted to tools to manage my weight and Anne Collins gives you that.
I just wanted to let you know, I really love this forum! It's helped me realize that tomorrow really is another day..even later in the day is a different part of the day. So if i'm bad this morning that doesn't mean it's ok to be bad tonight! I think a big part of my previous problems was that when i ate something bad i just said oh wel i'll start again tomorrow and badly the rest of the day....not anymore!!!
I lowered my cholesterol from 250 to 195 by exercise and eating better (thanks to Anne), Best wishes to everyone, your support is heartwarming!
Wow! I just inspired myself. That's why I love this site - it truly makes you stop and think. I've had many lightbulb moments here!
I just wanted to tell you I enjoy the recipes and diet suggestions I found here and I am losing weight. It is easier every day. less like dieting and more like "how I always eat". I've also found that when I fall into my "old eating habits" of too much sugar, my joints and my arthritis seem to flair up. I've lost 21 pounds so far, and seem to have settled into a pattern of a two pound loss per week. I've very pleased with this, and your tips on motivation made a big difference. Once I focused on why I wanted to loose weight I found the process much simpler. Thanks for your advice and information.
I've only just joined but am already impressed, above all by the ATTITUDE everyone has, including Anne, who seems to live in the real world, unlike many other diet promoters, and is very supportive indeed.