• Success is how far you bounce after you hit bottom.”

    General George S. Patton

    Dear Laura:

    Now that the year-end holidays are upon us, I’m in a panic cos I fell off my diet and fitness wagon and I’m back at 159 lbs! I started following your advice about a year ago when I was at 162 lbs and went down to 139 lbs, but now I’m up again.

    I never really allowed myself to reach my goal of 125-130, which would be wonderful for my petite height.

    I think my hormones are playing a big part. I started pre-menopause (Keep it a secret, it makes me feel like I’m entering middle age!).

    I had lost my weight and maintained it on The South Beach Diet, but didn’t stick to it all during the week, like you advise. I failed to make it my lifestyle.

    Now look . . .

    Do you think I should go back to that diet?

    I need your words of motivation and advice.

    D

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    Dear D:

    If you’re lookin’ for the “Easy Button” of diet, health and fitness plans – there ain’t one.

    My biggest words of advice: Get back on that low carb diet ASA you can!

    Cut the dang white starch and sugar carbs!!! Especially now with the rest of the holidays staring you right in the face!

    And squeeze in that hour of cardio every single day – no matter what the “experts” say. A good, healthy, effective diet/lifestyle eating plan and daily cardio go hand in hand. Period. Anything less than an hour a day – and you’re just spinning your wheels. Trust me.

    You know low carb works for you from your last dieting attempt with The South Beach Diet. You had tremendous success with it. Why not try it again.

    Sooner or later, you’re gonna get sick of hauling yourself around, not to mention the yo-yoing factor and just do what it takes to get your weight off and keep it off – once and for all.

    Get your SB diet book out and reread the quick start to begin again – right now – for your very next meal.

    Either you’re gonna do it, or you’re not.

    And all those yummy desserts you bake for your co-workers’ applause are your biggest downfall. The bananas you use in your award-winning b-bread are poison for a low carb diet – and to anyone that overproduces insulin – like you, like me. And I know you eat those ‘naners cos of the way you always lovingly talking about them!

    You forgot what worked for you in the first place was cutting the dang white starch and sugar carbs.

    Carbs are your enemy.

    Insulin’s the “fat hormone,” not dietary fat.

    Reread my book Commit To Get Fit: Find the Secret to Your Own True and Everlasting Weight Loss, for even more motivational magic.

    Then begin again. Right where you are.

    Then, you’ve gotta do some serious soul searching to see where you’re really going wrong with your eating, and no fair blaming it on hormones. We’re ALL hormonal. Don’t get me started.

    It’s your carb consumption, Girlfriend, pure and simple.

    Break the addiction – you know how . . . if you forgot, let me coach you.

    And also lack of daily cardio. So get back into it, no excuses.

    All I can tell you is this: I’m maintaining my weight for 11 full years cos I follow my own best advice.

    There is no going back to being fat for me, no falling off that wellness wagon. And right now, you’re being dragged behind it!

    There’s no food on earth that’s worth a weight loss backslide like you’ve taken.

    I know better now and, once you’ve tasted weight loss success, so should you.

    You have to bend that diet, whichever one you chose, to fit your forever eating lifestyle. Period. There is no other way.

    You gotta wanna do it. I can’t come do it for you. No one can.

    I can help you through this with private coaching. I’ll show you how to get back on that weight loss and wellness wagon, Prontito!

    Hugs and best,

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