Ten years and counting

“Results Not Typical,” is a phrase quietly screaming from the bottom of every piece of weight loss program promotional literature. It means that the person they are promoting as an example of what their diet can do for you, probably won’t actually happen to you. I know. For years I was the typical example of what really happens when you join a diet program. But 10 years ago I decided to change all that …

In early October of 2003, after a lifetime living in morbid obesity which limited my activities with my four children, squelched my confidence and dampened my happiness, after 20 years of yo-yo dieting, I reached a healthy weight for the first time in my adult life. I was 42-years-old.

Shortly thereafter, I walked into my local deli to purchase a newspaper with a front page article written about my success entitled: “Shelton woman loses 200+ pounds!”

As I purchased the paper. The checkout woman looked at me and asked, “Is that you?!” With almost a giggle I quickly answered, “Yes!” I was famous. As I walked away with my head in the clouds, I heard her mutter to her coworker, “You watch. She’ll gain it all back and more within a few years. Let them run a story when she’s kept it off for 10 years. Then I’ll pat her on the back.”

Well, I really don’t want a pat on the back from her. On the other hand, I totally understand where she’s coming from. Statistics say that on any given day more than 90 million Americans are on a diet. Of those, only 5% will ever reach their weight loss goals. And of that 5%, a mere 2-3% will keep it off long-term. Yes, we Americans do tend to keep re-finding the same pounds over and over again. Results typical.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. My mission since then has become: “To help others get rid of their excess, unhealthy fat forever.” Okay, I don’t actually phrase it that way in my brochure, but isn’t that what we all want?

And I’m here today, 10 years later and still at goal, to tell you that you really can do it, too.

Join me, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 6-8 p.m., or Saturday, Oct. 5. from 8-10 a.m., at The Kim Bensen Weight Loss Center, 405 Bridgeport Ave., in Shelton (near WalMart) for my 10 Year Jubilee, where I’ll be sharing my story and helping others get started in their own amazing UNtypical journeys.

Remember … if you do what you always did, you’re going to get what you always got.

Kim Bensen, author of Finally Thin, was a lifetime yo-yo dieter who lost 200+ pounds and has kept it off for more than 10 years. She owns the Kim Bensen Weight Loss Center and Kim’s Light Café and Smoothie Bar at 405 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton. For weight loss tips and recipes, visit www.kimbensen.com.