"I went shopping the other day for an outfit for a wedding, I was ecstatic when I can actually wear my normal size and went down a size in pants. I was so happy I wanted to scream from the dressing room.Wanda. (picture before ER)
You know what … the challenges have been forgotten and I don’t miss the white rice like I thought I would."
Here's the rest of Wanda's email that came two days ago. Right after the end of ER I (5 week fat burning program that started in July - over the phone.)
Hello Dr Heidi,
"I was very reluctant to sign up with ER...Next ER I (Fat Burn) starts Sept 6, see here. 5 Active Spots available still.
"I’ve been carrying around these 15-20 lbs for the past 15 years or so...
I believe the ideal weight for my height is somewhere between 110-115 lbs.... I’m older now (not that much older), and I don’t expect to weigh the same as 30+ years ago. I wanted to get to my ideal weight.
"Here’s a list of things I was afraid of:
1) not having my normal menus
2) being restricted to how much to eat
3) having to count calories
4) having to cook a different meal for my family
5) having to buy frozen boxed meals (YUCK)
6) having to weigh my food in proportions
7) having to exercise like a mad woman
"ER showed me how to make changes to what I was eating and what not to eat. Though I have to say, the changes are totally opposite from what I’ve been doing all my life. Maybe that was the reason why I couldn’t get rid of the extra pounds. To eat more fat and no white rice, oh no! Isn’t some sort of protein, carb and veggies a normal diet?
"What … I have to do what? Me make kefir? What is kefir? Well, good thing I didn’t have to do that and there is an alternative to kefir, cuz I still can’t quite figure out what kefir is.
"What … I can have duck and I can have that too? Really? You mean I don’t have to eat things I don’t like and eat the things I do like but in a different way? Hooray!
"Finding all the recommended meats is an ongoing thing. I did buy almost all the core food, i.e.: Pops, Big B, coconut oil, cod liver oil, etc.
"I struggled at the beginning of the program. I was feeling so sick for about a week or so. With the help of the ER team, we were able to figure out what it was or it might even be coffee withdrawal. With the support and encouragement, I didn’t quit.
"Now is the end of the 5th week, I’ve lost 11 lbs, 3 inches from my waist and
1+ ½ dress size. I went shopping the other day for an outfit for a wedding, I was ecstatic when I can actually wear my normal size and went down a size in pants. I was so happy I wanted to scream from the dressing room. You know what … the challenges have been forgotten and I don’t miss the white rice like I thought I would.
"What keeps me going with this crazy weird program…my husband. Don’t tell him I told you this, but in 1985 he stopped drinking alcoholic drinks. He’s been dry for 23+ years without a relapse. One of their quotes in AA is “One Day At A Time”. If he can, I know I can.
"Even if I didn’t lose the amount of weight I’ve lost, I would do this program just to learn from the elite of the elites in food management. I already signed up for the next one.
"Life is precious and I will do whatever it takes to be healthy for my family and keep them healthy for me. Things are replaceable, we’re not.
"P.S. I did metabolic boosters, shake mixes, meal bars, teas, etc. I rather eat real food, personally."