I've decided to post here with the progress reports.
I started on November 13, 2005.
I was a touch over 240 pounds.
I hit 188 this week, which was exciting.
[Hit 178 this morning, down ten pounds from when I started this thread]
The first month I lost 15 pounds, the next month I lost 10 pounds and it has been around 7-8 pounds a month since then.
My goal is 160.2
I started with a two liter bottle of water in which I put somewhere between half and two-thirds cup of sugar. I'd drink a liter at 10:00 and a liter at 2:30 in the afternoon.
I started the extra light olive oil because I had times I couldn't drink the water (like when I had to go to court).
I was using only a tablespoon of olive oil, when I should have been using two tablespoons, and my control over the cravings was rocky on those times. Seth was kind enough to point out I needed two tablespoons of oil to get the same calories I was getting with the sugar.
I switched to two tablespoons morning, two in the afternoon.
At some point (and I should have kept better track), I plateaued, and started losing weight again when I dropped it to just two tablespoons of oil.
I started a 2-3 tablespoons of sugar in water in the mornings when I got the book, but I'm not sure it makes a difference, so I'm going to drop that and just keep taking two tablespoons of oil in the afternoon.
I've been using extra light olive oil (it is like five dollars for a gallon at COSTCO or SAMS -- I've bought a couple gallons at both, who wants to run out).
Also tried sugar cubes (eat 24 -- 240 calories -- over half an hour). Those don't seem to work quite as well.
Now I'm using grapeseed oil. It goes down easier for me than the olive oil, which still makes me gag a little.
But it is a heck of a lot better than being so heavy.
I'm only 5'6" tall. Suddenly I'm in trim fit shirts from Lands' End instead of XXLs and busting out of the seams.
The only unusual things I did involve some weight training to get ready for the diet (I'd been doing that for three years to build muscle mass to make it easier to lose weight) and eating a lot of yogurt on the diet -- I'm trying to make sure I get enough protien so that I don't lose strength.
But it is great, especially the changes in the way I think about food.
One thing, if you buy in bulk and use the super saver shipping at Amazon, Amazon delays shipping a couple-three days. But if you buy in bulk, when your friends and secretary and co-workers "borrow" copies of the book, you've got more to give away.
Stephen M (Ethesis)http://ethesis.blogspot.com/