Ed’s Note: As Monica said in last week’s FRQs, this week is dedicated to weight. Cicely’s up first with a letter to Dr. Ian.
Dear Dr. Ian,
Hi. How are you? I hope all is well.
Things are getting better and better for me — on the weight-loss front, that is. Thanks to you.
I just wanted to let you know that I think you’re an outstanding individual. Your goal isn’t to get people thin; it’s to get people healthy.
You’re working to help fat, lazy, shiftless America lose 50 million pounds! That’s incredible. And, because you know how fat, lazy, shiftless Americans can be, you’re being nothing but patient. You didn’t expect it to happen in a year, but you’re always impressed by how far you’ve come in just over two years (more than 4 million pounds lost and counting).
Two years ago, I’d have rather shot myself in the foot than work out and diet. I had excuses galore when it came to avoiding the gym: I don’t like to sweat. I don’t like what it means as far as my hair (read: three-hour grooming session). I don’t like how I smell afterward (see: my dislikes in about us). Plus, watching you from my couch is far more comfortable than any gym with a bunch of sweaty, smelly strangers.
But I had to get over those hang ups.
These were all things that, in the end, meant nothing when I looked at myself in the mirror. No, there was no real turning point. There was no intervention. I just decided that I needed a change. So I started working out. But I didn’t see any immediate results. It might have been because of my unshakable love for pasta and cheese. Giving those up was not an option.
At some point, a friend told me about your book, Extreme Fat Smash Diet. Again, I don’t like diets, but this was something I could do. Besides the brown rice, the diet included everything I already ate. When you combine your recipes and the ones in the American Heart Association cookbook with the ridiculous amount of cardio I do, you can see the results. I’ve lost 30 pounds, and I’m still shedding weight.
So, I just want to say thank you. You never said it would be easy, and it hasn’t been.
But you helped lead a self-confessed lazy bum off her bum. Your program got me to do something positive about my health. One of my favorite quotes is “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” I’ve changed the way I approach my health, and that is because of you.
Nearing my goal,
P.S. I think you’re dreamy. There’s a suave confidence about you that is magnetic. Keep that up. 😉
Question: Have you ever tried any infamously famous diets? Did they work?