\u201cResults Not Typical,\u201d 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\u2019t 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 \u2026 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: \u201cShelton woman loses 200+ pounds!\u201d As I purchased the paper. The checkout woman looked at me and asked, \u201cIs that you?!\u201d With almost a giggle I quickly answered, \u201cYes!\u201d I was famous. As I walked away with my head in the clouds, I heard her mutter to her coworker, \u201cYou watch. She\u2019ll gain it all back and more within a few years. Let them run a story when she\u2019s kept it off for 10 years. Then I\u2019ll pat her on the back.\u201d Well, I really don\u2019t want a pat on the back from her. On the other hand, I totally understand where she\u2019s 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\u2019t have to be that way. My mission since then has become: \u201cTo help others get rid of their excess, unhealthy fat forever.\u201d Okay, I don\u2019t actually phrase it that way in my brochure, but isn\u2019t that what we all want? And I\u2019m 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\u2019ll be sharing my story and helping others get started in their own amazing UNtypical journeys. Remember \u2026 if you do what you always did, you\u2019re 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\u2019s Light Caf\u00e9 and Smoothie Bar at 405 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton. For weight loss tips and recipes, visit www.kimbensen.com.