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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Read to the end. I'm also glad she's not fat enough

From: Sandy
reply-to: xxxxxxxxxxx@rbc.com
to: cj@thiscrazytrain.com
date: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM
subject: your weight loss

Dear Miss Smith
I happen to see your story in the star and I need to know how exactly you lost the 60 pounds.
If you could tell me your secret, I would like to follow it please.
My doctor wants me to lose 30 pounds in the next year.
Please tell me the secret.

Sandy

From: C.J. Smith
reply-to: cj@thiscrazytrain.com
to: xxxxxxxxxxx@rbc.com
date: Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 7:39 PM
subject: Re: your weight loss

Hi Sandy

There is no secret. What there is, is hard work, sacrifice and determination. 
Did your doctor suggest some kind of plan to you?

Cj

Hello,
He just told me to lose 30 pounds.
Should I join Weight Watchers?
I don't really want to spend money on this. What would be the easiest way? I don't want to give up my car. I can't because we still owe money on it.
How did you do it? Exactly. Can you tell me the steps?

Hi Sandy
In the article, I did tell the reporter I saw the biggest weight loss in a short period when I stopped eating sugar. I used to eat a lot of bad things containing really bad forms of sugar and added sugar. Cereals, boxed treats, bakery items, juice with high fructose corn syrup. Just really bad food. Pop tarts were a favourite of mine. I cut all that out.

Okay, I don't eat pop tarts so I think I'm okay there. What about brown sugar?

Hi Sandy
No sugar. None. No sugar in your coffee and no foods containing sugar. Cakes, pastries, ice cream, bread, ice cream, cookies, etc. You have to look at the lables. What worked best for me was reading about living with Type 2 diabetes and adopting a diabetic way of eating. That could be helpful for you.

But I am not diabetic and if I can't eat sugar. What would I eat?

Sandy,
I think I was very specific. Start with this link -> http://www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/nutrition/just-basics/

I will be honest. I don't think I could be a diabetic when I don't have diabetes. Maybe I should just look at things online where I eat a certain amount of calories. What do you think? Do you know how many calories you eat in a day.

Hi Sandy
Yes, I do know and I use a food diary to help me. I eat anywhere from 1500 to 1700 calories a day.

How much did you use to eat before?

I ate double that, not every day but often it wasn't really calories that were the problem but the wrong food choices and eating too much at once and not enough throughout the day.

I read that you can lose a lot of weight if you have your stomach surgically removed. Someone said I could look into that. Did you ever consider surgery?

Hi Sandy
If you had your stomach surgically removed, you would be dead. I think you mean gastric bypass where the stomach size is decreased. Yes, I have considered this and I feel that whatever choice a person makes to try to be a more healthier person is a personal choice. But I am too scared to undergo such a procedure. However, if your doctor only wants you to lose 30 pounds, you would not be a candidate anyway.

Ok. I was just wondering if you thought about it. Well, thanks for your help. I really was hoping there was a god damn secret! I wish this was easy. Maybe I will just do Slim Fast. Ever tried that?

Hi Sandy
Yes and I never kept the weight off. It's not a realistic approach to healthy eating but it's good for someone who was bad over winter and wanted to shed 13 pounds for summer. But when you need to lose 150 pounds, it's not ideal.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Okay, thanks. I'm glad I'm not so fat that I would have to give up sugar! Thanks so much for the help.


I didn't bother with the email headers so you could easily read this exchange. Quitting sugar isn't just for the obese and diabetics. Talk to your doctor. All of us could benefit from overcoming this addiction.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

you have the patience of a saint. i was ready to strangle her

Squiggles said...

Obviously she doesn't want to do the work necessary. And I would have told her. But you were a lot nicer than what I would have been.

Harith said...

Haha here's the secret: eat better and exercise.

Bicky said...

There's a doctor in Europe who was just on the news about sugar being as bad for you as smoking, alcohol, and drugs. He wants it banned in a lot of stuff.

Sounds like she wants an easy fix. I wish her luck.

I could stand to lose 30 pounds and I know what I need to do. Right now I'm just too damn lazy to do much about it. Although, I will admit, I've cut out a lot of salty snacks. I need to move more.

Fusk said...

Oh, my fking head!

Anonymous said...

OMG what a twit! Much the way that there is no easy money, losing weight and being healthy takes hard work and dedication! I agree, you have the patience of a saint...amazing! You've done amazing work for yourself, and your family, and have set a great example for so many people!! Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow!

Sandy said...

Thank you for changing my email and my name. I did not give you any kind of permission to put our conversation on your website.

C.J. Smith said...

1. I changed your email
2. I changed your name

So what exactly is the issue my friend?

Squiggles said...

oooo..... I think the cattorneys need to informed about this one.

Obviously Sandy is new to the site to not realise this happens on a fairly regular basis.

Amanda Standidge said...

I cut out sugar and a lot of other stuff from my diet for about 10 months. Mine was extreme though, like no sugar or anything containing sugar (condiments like ketchup, all dairy, alcohol and even fruit was a no-go) I didn't do it to lose weight but due to another health issue. I did end up losing about 20 pounds during that 10 months. It very difficult to eat that way in this age of convenience and processed foods. There were many other foods I cut out as well, but finding many of the usual things without surgar was next to impossible. I resorted to making all my own stuff like ketchup, teriyaki sauce and a bunch of other things. I have so much respect for you for fighting this battle, making such a huge lifestyle change and sticking with it! You are truly inspirational CJ!!!

Gloria said...

Wait. Did this person use a CORPORATE email to ask a question about dieting? Nice.

Anonymous said...

I'm in this position but in a different way, I'm legally blind & wheelchair bound, I also depend on soup kitchens to eat..
I'm diabetic, just moved back to ontario from Dartmouth NS, where there was nowhere accessible & cheap to exercise, depended on 2 soup kitchens a day, but nothing on weekends or holidays..
I gained 76lbs, in 16 months..
I moved out there june 26 last year, was 162lbs..
Now I sit here at 238lbs..
my depression is at historic lows, I'm currently homeless & am having to totally reapply for ODSP, I was on odsp for 18yrs before leaving, but was in a very unsafe situation with no where to go, but east, to be with my then fiancee.

as soon as we are on ODSP, I plan on getting back to the old me, eating a mostly vegetarian diet, naturally lemon flavored water, swimming 3-4 days a week & working out as much as possible.

Did you know that cheaper food is also the most unhealthy, do you really think people living in poverty enjoy eating 'crap' I know many of my friends & I sure dont, but good healthy food is priced way beyond our affording it..