"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.'"
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."
"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."
"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.'"