Kim Bensen, author of "Finally Thin:How I Lost More Than 200 Pounds and Kept Them Off--and How You Can, Too" joins Juli Auclair to discuss the way to successful weight loss.
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Juli Auclair: If you’ve ever struggle with your weight trying one diet after another in feeling completely frustrated, you will be truly inspired by the story. She loss 212 pounds and 14 dress sizes and she’s up to wait for five years. Kim Bensen is sharing her success story in her new book Finally Thin! And she’s here today to tell us how she did it, so glad to have you in the studio. Kim Bensen: Thanks. It’s really good to be here like a dream come true for me. Juli Auclair: And your story is so inspiring and you say in your book that your weight problems is really started when you are a little girl, first starting weight watchers when you are 9 years old. Kim Bensen: I know, I remember that day my mom said would you like to try something new and new way of eating and it’s like sure. Juli Auclair: And then it continue though, you dieted at work at times but by the age of 40 you we’re 350 pounds and you said life continued to be extremely difficult. Tell us about some of those painful times what you remember. Kim Bensen: Will some of the things I remember them most clearly, and one of them as we were fying to Europe and we we’re in a sit my husband and I and fortunately the arm of the sit moves up because I was half into his sit. But the problem is I couldn’t get the seatbelts to go around me and I didn’t know about the seatbelt extenders and I didn’t want to keep on the plate, I was really panic so I have of course stretch waist pants that over the outfit, the uniform I wore everywhere and they all the thing that fit and I took the end of this seatbelt into my waist and hope the goodness she wouldn’t asks this. Speaking of stretch ways, you have this. Juli Auclair: I know, oh these were going at your biggest? Kim Bensen: This are my biggest and then with highest size in the store and I remember thinking I knew I will still gaining daily, what I am going to do next? What’s next for? But this is about two months before I started my diet the last time so— Juli Auclair: And you keep them as a constant reminder of the struggle and what it was like for you was it difficult to write about some of the painful memories because you are really sort of reliving it. Kim Bensen: It wasn’t difficult; it was really cathartic but read at the end somebody offers to proofread my book. I wasn’t thinking ahead and they offer to proofread my book and I said oh know then you’d know all the awful things because it’s a very honest book and there is some hard things in there. And it didn’t occur to me other people were I mean it sounds really done but Mark said, you know Kim random house is paged to write a book and I think that they want a more people than just to you and I to buy. Juli Auclair: And you get over it? Kim Bensen: You got to get over it, what do you want? Juli Auclair: So when people do read it, what do you help they take away. Kim Bensen: I hope the whole reason I did this, I want people to know that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve struggled it doesn’t matter how old you are, how much you weight you can still grab it and turn it completely around, and there is always hopes you got to get trying. Juli Auclair: You do have to keep trying and that’s what you say throughout the book and it’s not a weight loss program. It’s actually a motivational book that’s broken up into three sections, tell everybody how it works. Kim Bensen: Well the first section of the book is my story and I hope that, that motivates people and encourages them and I wanted them to know that I knew what it was like to be grossly obese, morbidly obese 350 lbs. But you know what today I still struggle, you know I work at it and I struggle with those by pants up in downside and nobody its like to try to live on maintenance too. Juli Auclair: So at first that’s works? Kim Bensen: It is, you know you’ve got to pay attention or you get the yo-yo that’s one or the other. So the first section is my story, the second section is 10 steps o
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