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"Weighting" For Happiness

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Oct 2, 2020


One woman's personal story of battling obesity spanning over four decades. The periods of soul crushing devastation, long awaited success and finally self-acceptance while trying different weight loss strategies, techniques and food plans. Exhausted from years of dieting, she shares her story on what finally worked. Learn her hybrid approach and the strategies she uses.  Who knows, you may even learn a few things about yourself and what is driving them food addictions and cravings. Perhaps there is a hybrid approach within these pages waiting for you.

Oct 2, 2020

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"Weighting" For Happiness - Linda Walsh


Weighting for Happiness

Published by Goals and Choices, Inc.

Copyright © 2020 Goals and Choices, Inc.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or any portions thereof in any means without permission in writing from the publisher.

Library and Archives of Canada (LAC)

ISBN – 978-17772676-0-5 (eBook)

ISBN – 978-1-7772676-2-9 (paperback)

ISBN – 978-1-7772676-1-2 (hardcover)

To my husband, Dave, who has loved me through thick and thin, figuratively and literally, and all of my craziness. And we both know that is a whole lot of crazy. The diets, the plans, the memberships, and the never-ending schemes. You have always believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. I could never have written this book without your support. You are my rock, you are my everything!

Change only happens when the desire to change becomes greater than the desire to stay the same."

~ Kain Ramsay

Table of Contents


Legal & Disclaimer


Chapter 1

The Diet Rollercoaster

Chapter 2

Calories In, Calories Out

Chapter 3

Diet versus Exercise

Chapter 4

Weight Loss Surgery

Chapter 5

Binge Eating/Purging

Chapter 6

A Quick Lesson on Digestion

Chapter 7

Low Carb

Chapter 8

Ketogenic Diet (Keto)

Chapter 9

Intermittent Fasting (IF)

Chapter 10

One Meal a Day (OMAD)

Chapter 11

Insulin Resistance

Chapter 12


Chapter 13

Changing and Adapting

Chapter 14

Where Am I Now?


About the Author



To view before & after weight loss pictures please visit

Legal & Disclaimer

This book is the story of my personal weight loss journey. The views expressed are those of the author alone and should not be taken as expert instruction or medical advice. It is presented solely for the purpose of entertainment. It is not intended or meant to be used to diagnose or substitute for the medical advice of physicians. The reader should consult a trained health professional in matters relating to his/her health.

While all attempts have been made to verify the information provided in this publication, neither the author nor the publisher assumes any responsibility for errors, omissions or contrary interpretations of the subject matter herein. It is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. References are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute endorsement of any websites or other sources.

Neither the publisher nor the author shall be liable directly or indirectly from the use of this book. Our views and rights are the same, you are responsible for your own choices, actions, and results.

I have tried to recreate events, locales and conversations from my memories. In order to maintain their anonymity, in some instances I have changed the names of individuals and places, and I may have changed some identifying characteristics and details such as physical properties, occupations and places of residence.


I attended my first weight loss meeting with my mother when I was twelve. I wasn’t actually a member—I was too young for that—but for some reason, I ended up there with her. I’m pretty sure she purposely dragged me along with her secretly hoping I would think this was the best thing since sliced bread and jump onboard the diet train with her. From what I can recall, my mother had been a sporadic member of this weight loss group over the years for most of my younger life.

The funny thing is I don’t actually remember her ever having a weight problem. My mother has always been a woman worried about her weight and appearance her entire life and was always so concerned about making sure she stayed slim. In fact, at the time of writing this book, she is 75 years of age and is still concerned about her weight and discusses it frequently.

It was pretty clear to all of us that I definitely took after my father. If I had a nickel for every time I heard, Oh, you look like your father, I wouldn’t have needed to work for a living. Every time I heard this, in my mind, they weren’t actually saying I looked like my father; they were just saying I was overweight like he was.

Guess which side of the family my string bean sister always got told she looked like? You got it, my mother’s side. The funny part is, she is the spitting image of a few cousins on my father’s side. Yes, of course she has skinny legs like my mother, but so what, so did I before I put on the extra weight; well all right, I have always had the extra weight, but I am certain there were two long, skinny legs in there somewhere dying to come out. Someone once told my sister that they had seen thicker legs hanging out of a nest. I thought this was hilarious, and I would have revelled in hearing something like that; she was peeved over the comment.

My father, up until his later years in life, had been overweight for as long as I could remember. I have seen pictures of him as a slim man, but that was long before I arrived on the scene. While my mother was always watching her weight as well as mine, my dad never really seemed bothered by how much he weighed or what he ate. I guess because, even though he was significantly overweight in his midlife years, it never seemed to have an impact on his physical abilities or stopped him from doing anything. He always had physical jobs and was constantly renovating our home when he wasn’t at his full-time job.

That night at the weight loss meeting so many years ago with my mother was the beginning of the end for me. It was the onset of a food addiction rollercoaster which continued for many decades well into my 40s. I remember looking at my mother’s plan of eating. Back then it was the late 1970s and a standard breakfast would have consisted of cottage cheese, melon, and some sort of grain, like one slice of whole-wheat bread or Melba toast or something of the like. Clearly, this wasn’t the plan for me because every morning at 7:15 a.m., I met with either Tony the Tiger or Captain Crunch and I wasn’t about to renege on my commitment to them. What I did get was an understanding of the concept of how a person diets or restricts themselves all week and then is accountable to someone or some group the following week on how successful or unsuccessful they were.

As I write this book, I am turning 54 tomorrow, and I can honestly say this may be the first time in my life that I am not completely consumed or obsessed with food or my weight. Don’t get me wrong, I still have to watch what I eat and be mindful of how much I am eating, but it doesn’t consume me or my thoughts all day long anymore. I believe I have finally found what works for me.

I have been on every diet imaginable, joined countless gyms, bought an endless supply of workout tapes/videos/discs, attended multiple support groups, went to therapy, taken several diet pills (prescribed and over the counter), gotten daily vitamin shots, belonged to several social media support groups, purchased premade food menus, attended weight loss conferences, joined weight loss challenges, prayed and journaled for a miracle, binged and purged, taken water tablets, laxatives, herbal teas, and finally weight loss surgery; I believe I have just about covered everything.

Other than military personnel, I don’t think there are any greater warriors on the planet than the people fighting addictions, and in this specific story, it is food addiction. I think as survivors we should have our own medals of honor.

Who remembers the opening theme on television when the Wide World of Sports would air on Saturday afternoons? The host would start his intro with the saying, The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. There was something in the way he used to announce that statement with the theme music playing in the background. It would create an element of excitement and anticipation of what was about to air.

How many times in my life have I lived that mantra only to experience the latter part of that statement over and over again? The disappointment of yet another failed attempt, the agony of defeat that would be soul crushing for me. The months following would be filled with self-pity, anger, and then the I don’t give a crap attitude, which would then lead to an additional 10 to 20 pounds of weight gain on top of the weight I already had to lose. This was karma’s way of ensuring that when I was eventually ready to start the next new scheme or plan, I had a substantial amount of weight to work with.

I am sure that many of you reading this book are nodding your heads with total understanding of the burdens I have carried over a lifetime of defeat. Of course you are; why else would you have picked up this book?

I have no medical background and I don’t claim to be a health advisor in any way; in fact, you should always consult with a medical professional before starting any kind of weight loss or exercise program.

I don’t have the secret formula or magic answer; sorry, that you will have to discover on your own. What I do have to offer you is years of firsthand personal experience of weight loss approaches I have tried and tested. In August of 2001, I hit my all-time highest weight of just over 300 pounds. Not only was I killing myself, I hated myself and how I looked every single day. My self-esteem and confidence were in the toilet. I’ll never forget the day I saw a picture of a very large me at my highest weight ever.

As I picked up the packet of pictures from the roll of film I had handed in the week before to have developed, I could barely contain my excitement as I walked out to the parking lot. I got into my car and opened the pack of photos to have a look at the most recent celebrations we had just attended.

When I got to this one particular picture of me, I was astonished at my size. I couldn’t believe how

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