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By Bill E. Branscum   ©2001

A couple of years ago, I made a serious effort to lose weight and get myself back in shape. My doctor prescribed phentramine, a popular diet pill that I used successfully, as evidenced by the picture on the home page. You cannot see much of me in that picture, but you can see that I am not overweight.

My doctor, Dr. Jones, is one of the most competent and compassionate people I know. An athlete himself, he is not a proponent of pills. He prescribed the phentramine I asked for, but he warned me; he told me that losing the weight was just the first part of the battle, and he told me that I'd gain it right back if I did not change my lifestyle. He urged me to adopt a long-term program of diet and exercise.

Statistically, most people who try to lose weight in this country fail miserably and that's not the worst of it. Of those who do manage to get the pounds off, 98% of them gain back more than they lost. I don't think any doctor could have been more compelling and persuasive than Dr. Jones was, but I didn't make the kind of lifestyle changes that were necessary -- I joined that 98%.

When I read the Body-for-LIFE book, I felt like it was written for me. The author, Bill Phillips, echoed the sentiments first preached to me by Dr. Jones. The "Dead Man Walking" series below is about my experience with BfL.

September 24, 2001; 210 Lbs
12 Weeks Later
December 17, 2001; 168 Lbs

Dead Man Walking
By Bill E. Branscum   ©2001

Dead Man Walking - The Search for a Cure (08/2001)

Dead Man Walking - To the Promised Land (09/2001)

Dead Man Walking - Faith, Work & Miracles

Dead Man Walking - Lycra Will be My Friend

Dead Man Walking - Porter's New Free Man

Body-for-LIFE - A Commentary

When we started this, the kids and I hoped that we'd accomplish something that would inspire you - but just a few of you, our friends and family that we knew

Through the course of things, those few of you we knew, became so many of you we did not know, and all of you inspired us, motivated us, and pushed me beyond what I otherwise could have done.

We originally put this here for a few of you, we couldn't have done this without all of you, and we'll leave it here for the rest of you, whomever you happen to be. Please sign our Guestbook and let us know what you think.

I believe that we can do this!

Good Luck and God Bless
The Branscum's

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