Hi all. I don't have a scale, but I'm female, basically a short (5'2") US size 12, carrying most of my weight in my upper body. I get moderate exercise walking and dancing, but I used to be a runner and I've expanded considerably since those days. I eat excellent food -- fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, nuts, fish -- but with no effective appetite/satiety system, I've been constantly eating a little too much of everything. Obviously it's piled up.
I read about Kindall's experiences on another site, was impressed as he dealt politely and sensibly with skeptics there, and then, just out of curiosity, started taking oil (a tablespoon each of flaxseed and extra-light olive). That was six days ago. The results have been so interesting that I'm going to stick with it and see what happens. I'm even going to buy a scale, though I've resisted it for years.
None of this will surprise any of you, but I guess I hadn't realized just how out of whack my appetite had been. Several times over the last week I've wandered into the staff room at work, thought absent-mindedly about snacking on a few almonds, and then realized that this would entail putting them in my mouth and eating them, and hmm: why on earth would I want to do that?
Yesterday I went out for brunch with friends, my first restaurant meal since the start. I felt some actual hunger pangs, so I ordered a veggie omelet with hash browns. I couldn't finish my coffee. At first, I looked at the plate of food I'd ordered with some dismay; the only things that looked appealing were the orange, cantaloupe, and cucumber slices served as garnish. I had those, then waited a while. Eventually I finished most of my meal, but it was a deliberate choice to do so, not a kind of mindless default behavior.
I've noticed that since beginning with the oil I've been monumentally thirsty. I'm drinking two or three litres of water every day. Coincidentally, this has been my pre-menstrual week, so till today I was walking around with a mighty ocean sloshing around inside me. Today, finally, I'm...considerably smaller.
In the past I've occasionally dropped a size by forcing myself to follow the "no S" guidelines (no sweets, snacks, or seconds); now that seems to be happening all on its own.
I don't want to overreact and rush things, but I'm very happy and hopeful right now. If nothing else, it's wonderful to be free of the "should I eat something now? How about now?" background chatter.