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Published: Sunday, 2/9/2003

Group recalls the highs and lows

As the final weigh-in approached, the group took a few questions on their year in the spotlight:

Q: How do you feel about your results?

Barbara Myers: I wish I was a little further along than I am, but 70 pounds is 70 pounds and I could still have it on. I wish I were at 170, but I'm not.

Bob Zirker: I feel both good and bad. I'm down 30 pounds from Jan. 5, so that's good. What happened with me points out the value of good health. All the motivation books in the world can't help you if you can't stand up.

Diana Gaillardetz: I'm real excited. I feel comfortable with my body, I feel I'm healthier. I feel in control of things.

Jacob Coon: Not as happy as I wanted to be. My original goal was way too low for a year. But I still think I could have been a lot lower than I was.

Lisa Otting: Happy. I have a real sense of accomplishment with learning the right aspects of lifestyle change, and applying them, and seeing they do work.

Tiffanie Wachira: I'm very happy!


Q: Would you do anything differently?

Barb: Probably not.

Bob: Beyond the things that are uncontrollable? If I had known what was coming, I would have gotten off to a faster start. But if I knew what was coming, I wouldn't have gained the weight in the first place.

Diana: I would have joined the YMCA and TOPS earlier. It was thanks to those organizations that I really started to lose weight.

Jacob: Yes. I wanted different results. But I'm not sure what I need to do - how to keep doing it, and sticking to it. I know what I need to do, and do it - but not all the time.

Lisa: During the time of my plateau, I would have dug my heels in deeper and tried a little harder and not slacked as much as I did.

Tiffanie: If I could go back, I would add weight-lifting earlier. I wish I had done that when I started, and kept going with it.


Q: What's the biggest lesson you learned from this experience?

Barb: Keep going! Set small goals; look at five pounds at a time. Don't look at 30, don't look at 100; that's too big a goal.

Bob: Persistence pays off. That's true in most anything. The more persistent you are, the more lucky you'll be.

Diana: If you want to accomplish something, you need to set concrete goals, instead of saying, `I wish I would lose weight.' The wishing isn't enough: you have to take concrete actions to achieve them.

Jacob: I think motivation is the key. If you don't have motivation, you're not going to do anything.

Lisa: Knowing that there are still some very wonderful and caring and supportive people out there - the people I work with, my family, even strangers.

Tiffanie: Be consistent, be patient, and you will get rewards.


Q: What's next for you? Do you hope to lose any more weight, maintain your loss, go back to your old ways?

Barb: I'll keep going. I've got more to go. I've just changed my timeline.

Bob: Do it again. Another year, another methodological approach, another 30 pounds, minimum. If I can lose 40, fine. Or 20, fine.

Diana: I want to lose another five pounds and then take a look and see if that's right. Then I'll be focusing on maintaining, with the exercise and support.

Jacob: I hope to lose more. This isn't the stop for me. I'm not going to set weight goals. I get discouraged. For me, as long as I'm losing weight, that's fine with me.

Lisa: I'm going to continue this next year.

Tiffanie: I want to lose 35 more pounds: 150's nice, but I'm looking toward 140.


Q: Any regrets?

Barb: Only that I didn't stick to it a little tighter.

Bob: No.

Diana: That I can't eat chocolates without gaining weight! No, this series was the incentive I needed, what needed to be done in the first place.

Jacob: Not sticking with it as much as I did at the beginning.

Lisa: The only regret I have is not keeping in contact with the other Scaling Down members as much I wanted to do. Other than that, it's been quite a year!

Tiffanie: No. No regrets at all. I'm so happy I did this, because where would I be if I hadn't?

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