Okay now that I've got a moment, I'll start:
I personally have found my life is less stressful since starting GM. Things that used to bother me alot (money, family issues, work issues) don't bother me AS much anymore. Granted I still worry, I still have moments where I feel overwhelmed, but I do honestly find that I'm able to de-stress much more easily.
The CD, as I mentioned in TalkingRat's thread, is very helpful to get me to fall asleep when I'm tired (you know there are times when you are physically exhausted but mentally still wide awake), however, I have found that if I'm not really ready to go to sleep yet, the CD will eventually put me to sleep (I have only stayed awake through the end of the cd maybe three times in the time I've been doing GM), however, I end up waking up an hour or so later. Sometimes not for very long, sometimes just for a few moments, but for some reason I feel like on nights when I'm not tired the best it does is force me to nap. Which is fine really.
I also love doing the visualizations, when I can clear my mind enough to do them, or am enthusiastic enough to make it work (sometimes I feel like I'm just going through the motions). The visualization of my perfect body is great, because I feel like I have a sudden visual picture of an attainable goal, whereas a number on the scale is more or less just a number, there's no visual correlation, I don't see myself getting thinner (until I have an OMG moment when looking at old pictures of myself), I just see the number going down. But while visualizing, I actually see my body reshaping itself (albeit very slowly) into what my idea of a perfect body is. I've noticed that my shirts are all getting bigger and my stomach seems less...blobby I guess. Not tight or anything, just less like a big loose piece of skin. I've also noticed my arm muscles getting slightly bigger. Not remarkably so, but enough that I notice the difference with certain shirts, or when I'm washing up in the shower. This didn't really happen to me before, I honestly would look in the mirror and see the same exact person every day, despite the fact that pictures prove that I've made a startling change from a year and a half ago.
Chia is a revelation, and probably something that deserves its own thread. Chia has made a remarkable difference in my appetite. There are days when I've had lots of chia seeds, and feel like I've eaten a huge thanksgiving dinner. There are now days when I eat simply because I know I NEED to eat something more than chia seeds, not because I'm hungry or dying for some certain food, but to keep me healthy. Truly an eat to live style scenario.
Oh for those who have been in suspense, my friend's OJ and Chia experiment failed. I think its because he used high pulp OJ, but what ended up happening is that the chia absorbed all the water out of the OJ and left behind the orange solids, which he found to be particuarly gross. Plus there wasn't enough water in the OJ to make the chia entirely hydrated, so it was kind of all stuck together and globby. I think a better plan would be to use strained OJ or another juice. Or alternatively to just soak them in water and add them to OJ, as they won't water down the OJ, they'll just displace some of the caloric content of the OJ with healthy chia.
My other really big GM tip is the whole eating food that is alive and healthy and vibrant thing. By which he means raw veggies. I have NEVER enjoyed fruits and vegetables as much as I currently do. In fact, the idea of steamed frozen veggies just seems blah to me now. On an average day a meal might consist of a piece of grilled chicken or steak, a pile of alphalpha sprouts, and a pile of raw pea pods. I've also been eating salads like they're going out of style. I hope I can continue this trend once growing seasons are over, as I will really miss my raw veggies now! I have yet to chop up a piece of pizza and put it on top of a salad, but i have put salad on top of a piece of pizza! It is remarkable how bland and uninteresting a meal with no veggies now feels!
Finally, I think that the best feeling is the escape from guilt over eating. I used to spend the whole weekend pigging out on food because...I don't really know why, and then feeling like crap about it all week long, forcing myself to fast or eat as healthy as possible, just to start the whole thing over again once Friday night hits.
Now I'm still eating a little be more unhealthy than I was before (though as I said above, I've been having chia and raw veggies more than anything else), I might have some ice cream or pizza or a burger, but I remind myself that its okay, that its just food, I'm not going to die, I'm not going to undo all the work I've done with one ice cream cone, so I don't feel guilty and I end up not eating as much. Its a weird phenomenon but its true.
At any rate, GM has made me feel like I did in the first few weeks of SLD, before I got used to AS. I can never remember what the difference between psychiatry and psychology are, I feel like one addresses the physical issues with the brain, while the other addresses the emotional issues with the brain. Its like SLD addresses the physical issues by "tricking" the brain into lowering the set point, nourising it with omega 3s. GM addressess the emotional issues in a way that SLD doesn't. The two techniques combined...for me at least are really helping.
Now as far as things I don't like, I think some of the parts of the program, such as just letting go, and destressing and not weighing yourself and not worrying about things can easily be interpreted as a free ticket to just eat whatever you want, to not exercise, to not care about anything at all. And while that's a nice departure from, say the Jenny Craig program or Atkins, where you are worrying constantly about things like carbs or calories, I know it can be problematic for some people. I think if it weren't for my utilization of SLD in conjunction with GM, I'd be one of those people with the problem. Its kind of like the way that when treating mental disorders, you can go on just medication, or just go to therapy or do both. If you just go to therapy, you might find all sorts of peace with your problem, but you might physically have problems that therapy alone can't solve. Or if you just take medication, you might have all these emotional issues hampering your progress. So its through both that you actually get help. I think that's important to remember if anyone is interested in jumping into GM.
Oh and one more thing, as Talking Rat mentioned, the GM forums are weird. Lots of past life stuff, lots of people not weighing themselves so it appears that nobody is making progress, most of the advice you get is just "let go" which is really helpful, but doesn't make for a very interesting message board community!