name is Brenda Hardy. During my high school days, I
was so active in sports that I didnšt have to worry
about what I ate. After I was married and had children,
my lifestyle changed, thus beginning the battle. After
my second child was born I found myself thirty pounds
overweight, with no time to exercise, enrolled in Weight
Watchers with my mother. I lost the weight but I felt
that I was missing out on the things I really wanted
to eat. I knew that when I got off the łdiet˛ I was
going to eat the food I had been deprived of, and deserved!
I got off and gained back more weight than I had lost.
I became very discouraged and felt like a failure. I
resigned myself to living a life as an overweight person
because of one excuse after another.
goodness for Jyl Steinback and her message of Fat Free
Living! In January of 1996, my friend told me about
an opportunity she had to go on the local news program,
and do a weight loss experiment. I almost declined because
of my previous experiences and failures at weight loss,
but she was persistent and convinced me to join the
group. At the news station we were given a Fat Free
Living Cookbook, a wheel to help us calculate fat calories,
and motivation to begin a new lifestyle. I took the
bait! I used the suggested menus in the back of the
cookbook to get started. I began with a 1500 calorie
diet keeping my fat calories below 20%. Every other
week the group had to return to the news station for
a weigh-in. I began losing weight immediately. I felt
better, but most of all I didnšt feel deprived of anything.
I reached my goal weight in four months, losing 45 pounds,
but best of all, I now know I am not a failure and I
am not predestined to live as an overweight person.
I am in control. Now my lifestyle includes biking to
work, and racquetball at least twice a week. If I can
succeed at this lifestyle anyone can. Go for it!