Meet my coworker Donna. She's a real sweetheart who gave her permission for me to do an ongoing feature on her in Tamara Henson's Health Overhaul. I have permission to display, GASP, her REAL WEIGHT!!! I'll give updates on her progress periodically.
You see, I've suckered her into getting healthy with me, following my very simple plan. Now, I'm not a doctor and she knows it. :D But she can't deny that the simple mishmash known as the Franken-Diet will at least be easy to follow, if a challenge to continue. We suffer from the same pitfalls of cravings, so I really understand where she's coming from. So here's my interview with her, to get us started:
1. What health problems do you have?
"Asthma & Bronchitis, Bulging disc and arthritis in my spine due to a fall in 2008"
2. Why do you want to lose weight?
"To better my health and and view of myself. To make a better me!"
3. What is your food poison?
"Chocolate!" (Yeah, Donna. Me too!)
4. What are your current eating habits?
"1-2 times a day, whatever I want" Includes regular Mountain Dew, various sugary snacks, highly processed convenience foods, fast food, and the candies!
DONNA'S HEALTH PROFILE:
Highest weight: 357 pounds
Current Weight: 357 pounds
GOAL 1: 300lb (Timeframe, unknown)
GOAL 2: 275lb (25 pound mini-increments)
ULTIMATE GOAL: 200lb
PROCESS: Donna begins her diet today, using my Simply Filling Power Foods list and also my recipes.
This is what I told her:
"1. Eat whenever you're hungry, as often as necessary, for these first few days
2. Eat as much of the approved foods as you want until you're no longer hungry
3. Eat at LEAST 3 times a day, whether your meals are small or large. Or two meals and a snack. Every time you put Power Foods in your mouth, you rev up your metabolism.
4. Measure servings of everything, even if you eat multiple portions!
Because you're used to high calories in smaller meals, you'll want to eat more low-calorie foods to make up for it, so you don't get faint and end up sick from changing your eating habits too quickly."
I'm excited for Donna!
If you want a feature on my blog, and you're ready to do your own Health Overhaul, copy and answer all the questions and profile items and send them to tamaravmhenson (at) gmail (dot) com. Attach a photo, if I don't already know you through Facebook (where I can snatch my own pic). And if you freak out about the world knowing your weight, just enter pounds you want to lose! :)