I used to work with a nurse who, like me, had weight issues. For the sake of the story I'm going to call her Gillian. She loved her food and didn't really seem to care who knew it. And she didn't seem to care about her size.
Not long after I left the practice she worked in, she got married and decided she wanted children. But she had been told that she would have to lose weight if she was going to conceive. I'm not absolutely sure what weight she started at, though I have the feeling she was heavier than I started at, even though she is shorter than me.
But she had determination and drive and she really wanted children. So she did the 'Lighter Life' diet which is one of these milkshake diets.
As usual, I will be a bit sniffy about a fad diet like this. However, I recently had an email from the 'Man Vs Fat' website detailing the story of Rob Gillett who was on series 5 of Supersize vs Superskinny. Rob failed to maintain his weight loss after being on the telly, mainly because he got a lot of haters as a result of his TV appearance. But he later lost an impressive amount of weight using 'Lighter Life' and is now training to be a fitness instructor.
This is Rob before and after. Hoorah for Rob!
So, getting back to Gillian, she did 'Lighter Life'. I mainly heard reports of this from a mutual friend and didn't really get any idea of how the diet was going.
But round about Christmas I was invited to a party at Gillian's parents' house.
When I got there, here several people I knew and a girl I didn't know bounced up to me and said 'Hi!' I had no idea who this person was, but I have a terrible memory for faces and didn't want to stare to try to remind myself, because I am quite shy and don't like to stare at women. The girl looked, as I recall, something like this...
Eventually, the friend who had been keeping me up to date with Gillian's weight loss decided to introduce us.
'Andy, do you know Gillian's cousin, Davina?'
'Er... no,' I said. And then everyone laughed at how hilarious it was that I had failed to recognise Gillian! Ha ha ha.
So this is my message to everyone. Try not to change. I will fail to recognise you. Honestly. If you take your glasses off or get a new hairdo (god forbid you get a new hair colour) I won't have a clue who you are.
Lose weight and you may as well be a different person.
I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad message. You tell me.