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Dr. Schiff tells weight thinkers success stories

Dr. Schiff: The following are a few brief case histories of interactions I’ve had with patients throughout the years. They illustrate my questioning technique, which you can use on your own. Incorporate this in your writing technique, too, to learn more about you… and how to become the YOU you’ve always wanted to be.

The following sequential question and answer sessions have occurred frequently in Dr. Schiff’s 50 plus years of medical practice. These introspective monologues and related questions and answers will partially explain and illustrate his writing technique… Utilize this technique in order to learn about yourself, how you can achieve permanent weight control, improve your lifestyle… and become the person who can fulfill your wants and desires.

Unemployed Worker's Story

Patient - “Doctor, I am so ashamed.” He had regained the lost weight within six months.

Dr. Schiff - “You’re playing the SHAME-SHAME and the BLAME-BLAME game,” I explained. “It’s self-defeating. It’s fattening.”

Patient - The unemployed man explains, “I turn to food as a safety valve – to let off pent-up steam. It blocks my feelings of failure and numbs me for awhile. I feel degraded for not being constructive and productive.”

weight thinkers hammer away the stressDr. Schiff - “How about taking a hammer and saw and making some improvements around the house?”

Patient - “Yeah, Doc, I guess the exercise will burn off some calories.”

Dr. Schiff – “He missed my point. But I explained: “Make your own job until another one comes along. Home improvements are a good investment. It’s not the energy that is going to knock the weight off. You can’t possibly work as hard or as fast as you are eating. But as you develop pride in your accomplishments, you will feel more satisfied with yourself and you will eat less.”

A.M.'s Story

Weight Thinker ponders Dr. Schiff - A.M., 46 felt sorry for herself. She had good reason. Her husband was an alcoholic and gradually killing himself. She felt he was killing her, too. She looked it. Her hair was falling out. She was always tired or sick. And she was constantly crying.

In a way it was beneficial that she gained weight, or she could have gone the way of all flesh. At 164 pounds, she decided to go on a diet because everyone else was doing it. She made the mistake of coming to me. No diet – instead, a program for health, happiness and a longer lifespan.

Sure, she lost weight – 20 pounds in seven weeks – but what she gained far outweighed her weight loss: She began wearing a wig and manicuring her nails. She went to school to learn speech therapy. She accepted her husband’s condition as an illness rather than a reaction to her – stopped crying and began smiling.

V.C.'s Story

Dr. Schiff - When a woman becomes a widow at 62, it’s a great crisis. She is at the crossroads of creating a new life, making the best of what’s left of the old. V.C. chose the new life. But her tears kept getting in the way.

She began to lose weight but couldn’t talk without crying. Fortunately, the tears did not interfere with thinking differently about herself and writing about her intentions to break into a new life.

She programmed herself by dwelling on assets and viewing the bright side of life. This restored her self-confidence, self-esteem and zest for living.

Then came the breakthrough – the realization of unlimited happiness. We saw it in the no-tears, the faint smile, the new hair-do and make-up, the youthful clothes and the sound of a voice with hope and enthusiasm in it. She dropped 27 pounds in six months. And, she gained a new life.
G.W.'s Story
Dr. Schiff - G.W. was cross-eyed. She was also about 40 pounds overweight. She had two reasons to avert her eyes and avert she did. She looked down, therefore always appeared depressed and withdrawn. Within eight months, she had won her own self-respect to a point that the excess weight had fully melted away and she was wearing eye make-up to accentuate her direct look.
Ruth's Story

Patient - When she awakened one morning, Ruth wrote: “I am going to ‘start over.’ I’ve been down too long. I haven’t been willing to do for myself whatever was necessary.

“I was not coping with frustration, disappointment, loneliness and rejection in a healthy way. I was letting it ‘eat’ me up. For every ounce of pain inside me, I would try to cover it with fat.”

Unrealistic and disappointing love affairs had led me to take the opposite approach – make myself unappealing by allowing myself to become fat again. It’s a beautiful defense mechanism, yet ugly as hell.

Weight Thinker makes goals“I am determined to learn to cope with my environment and to live life to the fullest. I am determined to ‘make it.’ I am determined to sacrifice my rut as comfortable as it may be for what I really want – happiness!”

“I will drink at least eight glasses of water daily; eat protein until I shed 25 pounds; eat correct amounts and exercise daily to achieve my goal by December 1. I will obtain my goal. In my mind, I know I can because I can imagine the successful results.”

Dr. Schiff - Can anyone miss with such feeling, enthusiasm, goal imagining, and expectation of success? Ruth lost weight week after week and soon reached her slender goal.
Terry's Story

Dr. Schiff - When Terry came to see me in May, she weighed 222 pounds. At 5’5”, this made her about as broad as she was tall. By December she was down to 155. Then there was a change in her life.

Patient - “When I first began this program, I had been dating a young man for several months. He seemed very anxious for me to follow the plan. He also was and still is obese (about 150 excess pounds). As the program progressed and I became slimmer, his attitude slowly changed. From a warm, close relationship, he became more distant and less affectionate, etc. We were often together, yet hundreds of miles apart.”

“He would become ‘uptight’ with me when he would prepare a fantastic dessert I would not eat or whenever I refused to go out for pizza with him. Soon our relationship dissolved – seeing each other less and less often, to the point of nothing.”

“I personally feel this is in direct response and proportion to the weight I have lost. He was being ‘put on the spot’ by mutual friends to ‘take a lesson’ from Weight Thinker thinks positivelyme. He knew he should do something about his own weight but was not willing. Yet, he could not tolerate the fact of my declining poundage.”’

“I went to a seminar this weekend. During the second day I made a happy discovery. While walking down the street do to some shopping during the lunch break, I found myself actually looking at my reflection in the glass windows of the stores. For years I have ardently refused to look in a mirror – I have, instead, turned my head away. Now I am not ashamed.”

Dr. Schiff - Is Terry going to have more problems? Or less problems? The last time I saw her she was even slimmer and engaged to a handsome, young junior executive.

Beginning Again...

Weight Thinkers eat good food Patient - “I’ve just got to begin again. I don’t want to make excuses. I don’t want to go backward. It’s really hard for me to come here and feel disappointed in myself. I want to succeed. I don’t want to be a failure. I don’t want to use you, doctor, as a crutch. I want to be strong myself. I keep putting myself on the mental hot seat. All I come up with is – I don’t love myself. I don’t understand myself. I don’t have any mental strength.

Dr. Schiff - Intersperse about every three words with a sob and you will begin to understand Mrs. S.L. I could see her playing the ‘BACK AND FORTH,’ ‘ON AGAIN, OFF AGAIN’ game. What she was actually telling me between the sobs and even with the sobs was, “I feel so good when my belly is full, nothing else matters.”

Did I berate her? Did I tell her she was a weakling? Did I exhort her to try harder? Did I cut her food intake? No, no, no.

I was understanding, kind and compassionate. I encouraged her to feel and think about herself the same as I did. The problem can be solved. Sweets and starches are the enemy. If you can’t defeat them by direct confrontation, how about outflanking them? Go around them by thinking, thinking, thinking about yourself. Thinking at the moment you eat the fattening foods, eat too much, or eat too frequently. And, then, writing, writing, writing.

S.L. is not crying anymore. She lost 45 pounds.
C.E.'s Story

Dr. Schiff - Sometimes the benefits from losing weight are more than you realize. C.E.’s weight shrunk from a whopping 238 pounds to 159 in one year on the think-about-yourself, write-about-yourself program. Later she was in a serious auto accident and suffered severe injury to her neck and back which required extensive surgery. Her orthopedic specialist told her that if she had not lost the weight, he could not have performed the surgery.

G.M.'s Story
Dr. Schiff - Sometimes weight changes can be dramatic, but 10 pounds off fast or slow is still 10 pounds off. G.M. was 20 years old, six feet tall, and wanted to enlist in the Air Force. There was one obstacle. He weighed 358 pounds. He had problems at home. His parents were divorced. Now his mother had remarried and discovered her husband was unfaithful. Well, G.M. learned how to disconnect his appetite from all this and become more independent. Results: in four months, he lost 70 pounds. The Air Force doctors couldn’t believe how he had changed in body, looks and bearing.
You Don’t Blow It

“Doctor, I see me. I see myself resolve to try, then go and blow it at the first sight of a candy bar.”

Dr. Schiff - I hear this, or equivalent, every day. “You don’t blow it,” I replied. “You acted on a different set of mental priorities. If you understand these priorities, you can work out a way to reshuffle them.Weight Thinkers eat well Meanwhile, you understand yourself and accept yourself.”

A person with a poor opinion of themselves usually works to build themselves into a bigger person by overeating and eating enlarging foods – fats and carbohydrates. “What fools we mortals make ourselves – needlessly, endlessly.”

A person with self-confidence and self-esteem is attracted to non-fattening foods. This person has learned to control.

There is no valid reason for anyone to have a poor opinion of themselves.

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