Off the Weight Loss Rollercoaster
Dr. Phil talks to Care about what inspired her to lose weight.
Care was on a weight loss rollercoaster until she heard Dr. Phil's advice to the Weight Loss Challengers.

"I watched Dr. Phil's Weight Loss Challenge show, and heard him say, 'You either get real about fat or you get real fat,'" Care remembers. "I felt like he was looking at me and saying, 'Hey fatso, get off the couch.'"

At 28, she hit a peak of 320 pounds, and was desperate to get her weight under control. "Three years ago, I had gastric bypass surgery and within nine months, I had lost 150 pounds and felt incredible," says Care. But then her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, during which time she gained the weight back. "To see my father suffer, really was the hardest thing I've ever had to watch," she says tearfully. "Within that year after he had passed, I had gained 40 pounds by eating nonstop to numb the pain. I was right back at 320 all over again."

Since starting Dr. Phil's program, Care has lost nearly 20 pounds in seven weeks. Reading The Ultimate Weight Solution has made her more accountable for her actions. "Every time I go for a Twinkie or a Ding Dong, I feel like I have a little angel on my shoulder. Thank you Dr. Phil for inspiring me and giving me the motivation I needed to get off my butt."
"Your first plan was gastric bypass surgery, right?" Dr. Phil asks Care. "Was it harder than you thought?"

"Yes, that was my last resort. It was that or death," she replies. "I thought it was the magic pill. I dropped all the weight, and I felt so good ... But at the end of the day, you're still left with you ... And I wasn't happy with myself."

"But how did you not know that before?" Dr. Phil questions.

Care admits to having had a victim's mentality. "It was everybody else, not me," she says. "I hadn't taken responsibility for who I was ... and that's where you came in."

When Dr. Phil asks what Care's most powerful tool has been in her weight loss efforts, she responds, "Setting myself up for success, cleaning out my environment and making it fail proof."

Dr. Phil points out that Care has attempted to lose weight before, but failed to keep it off. "Why is it going to last this time?" he asks.

"Because you're right there in my head all the time," she says. "I think I'm liking me now and I know that if I'm going to be successful, I have to create my success."

"You know you can't do this by willpower, right?" Dr. Phil asks. "That's why I was glad to hear you say it was about setting yourself up for success. The idea is to set your world up where you don't have to be strong every day ... When you get in those weak moments, you want your life set up to support you through those weak moments so you can't stumble and you can't fall ... It really is about lifestyle change, and you've done that now."

Care agrees. "I have cleaned out my cupboards," she says. "I shop on the outer edges of the grocery market. I take a list everywhere I go. I do not go down the chip aisle. If I don't buy it, I can't see it, and I can't eat it."

"I am proud of you," Dr. Phil says, pointing out how important it is that Care recognizes her own success. "When you also step back and watch yourself change, you watch yourself do differently, set your world up differently, then you come away and say, 'Wow, I'm proud of that.'"