I am a hundred pounds overweight and I have been trying to lose that weight for 20 years. I did yo-yo dieting for my whole life but I never really lost any. In fact I spent all my time concentrating on my diet because I didn’t want to go into the gym (where people would see how fat I am) and I even didn’t want to walk down the road for exercise because I didn’t want anybody to see my body. I have hated myself and my looks for my whole entire life and I’m 60 years old.

I’m writing you a letter today to say thank you for having the courage to put your story in the newspaper in your column, “I’m Losing It!” It is inspirational. The one thing I really like though, is that you give us lots of practical tips about how to break through the cycle of self-hatred to get into self-love and self-care. In the last two months I have lost 15 pounds! I started to go to the gym and look for other fun ways to get exercise. I never had thought exercise can be fun until I read your column, but now I’m looking for fun ways to get off the couch every day. I feel like a new person and I wanted to say thank you. I’m sure it’s not easy to put your successes and failures into the newspaper but I wanted you to know that it is appreciated. You are doing a good thing for other people like me and I thank you again. Keep up the good work and please don’t stop writing your column.

C. Fredrick