- Name: Kimberly
- Age: 50
- City: Champlin, MN
- Start weight: 255 lbs.
- Current weight: 236 lbs.
- Time on diet so far: 3 weeks
What's your end goal, both in terms of weight and life in general?
My goal is to lose a total of 100 pounds and to make permanent healthy lifestyle choices — and actually enjoy them. As for my life goal, I want to make a difference in the lives of others. I feel a great calling to inspire and encourage people everywhere I go and in everything I do. People need to know that as long as they're alive, there's always hope!
What's been your biggest challenge so far?
My biggest challenge has been not going back to eating the amount of meat I used to eat; I'm trying to reduce the intake. I could easily eat a four-piece chicken meal or two pork chops for dinner. My problem is that love food and I spent a lifetime eating the wrong things prepared the wrong way. Soul food is what my family eats during holidays and at gatherings, and it pretty much became an everyday thing. I know now that you can bake a sweet potato on its own instead of loading it with sugar and butter.
Have you had any cravings during the diet?
Of course. I had cravings at every commercial and every drive by, but eventually they passed. My biggest craving was fried chicken. I used to eat chicken every day in some way, shape, or form. I know it's stereotypical, but I love chicken. What helped me get past the cravings was to think about my health, and being around years from now for my family. I usually went right back to an apple, some oolong tea, or a glass of water.
What's your favorite healthy snack?
Honeycrisp apples. I eat one every day, and I can't live without them!
Have there been any times you've wanted to stop? What's kept you motivated?
Yes! The first day when I bit into the avocado. I knew I owed it to myself to give this an honest effort. Again, I'm a meat lover, and I thought, Well, doing it my way hasn't worked out too great for me, so I should give this a try. Also, I really trust Dr. Oz and his judgment regarding health. If it's something he endorses, I thought it would be good for me to really try it.
What kind of physical activity have you been doing since starting the diet?
What do you like about this diet?
I like the fact I can eat all the vegetables I want. I also think it's beneficial that the diet was 21 days. Anything shorter than that wouldn't have allowed me to focus long enough to really make a change. I would've reverted back to my old habits.
What has surprised you about this experience?
The weight loss! The weight really came off, and I actually saw a difference. The day I taped the segment of The Dr. Oz Show, I stood in the dressing room mirror looking at myself thinking, Is this really me? I wanted to cry. I now know my health is more important than any piece of food, and I need to put myself first.
Do you have any advice for other people considering trying this diet?
I would say to take a few days to go over the diet and mentally prepare for what you're about to do. Part of the success is due to your mentality, and you really need to stay focused. Get your people in place for support, familiarize yourself with the new ingredients, and really make the decision to commit. It all comes down to if you're willing to be dedicated and stay the course for 21 days. If you try it, you won't regret it because it works.
If it worked for me, it will work for anyone. There's no one on earth who loves food more than I do, and I've been this way since I was a child. Even in my early years — when I wasn't overweight — I loved food; I just didn't know how to balance and manage it. An alcoholic can avoid liquor and a drug addict can avoid drugs, but in order to live you must eat, so that means you have to learn how to eat and what to eat. I want everyone to know that I'm the poster child for those who love the appearance, taste, smell, texture, presentation, and everything else involved with food. If this diet can help me, surely it can help you.
The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.