Originally created 09/19/00

Maintaining focus helps dieter achieve some victories



Cathe Beebe is down another 3 pounds and 3 inches since our August follow-up.

"She has done extremely well," said Dr. L. Brooks Green, Mrs. Beebe's doctor at Medical Weight Loss Center of Augusta. "She has a strong desire, a good attitude and a strong belief in herself. It's a tribute to her."

In spite of several health issues that have proved challenging in her struggle to lose weight, Ms. Beebe kept her focus on her goals.

She has lost about 14 pounds since she started the program in February. Her beginning weight was 169. She now weighs about 155. Mrs. Beebe's goal weight was 150 to 140 pounds. She admits that the losing has been slow but says that the key is to stick to it.

"I have a very weird motto in life," she said. "I expect the worst, pray for the best and accept whatever comes."

That way, Mrs. Beebe said, she is never disappointed.

"Attitude is nine-tenths of the game," she said.

And the stress never seems to quite stop for Mrs. Beebe. This month, after turning 45, she had three skin lesions biopsied, changed heart medications again, and sat with her father in the hospital for 12 days while he was suffering from complications of prostate cancer.

"With all my stress, I would normally be putting on 20 pounds," she said.

She's also breaking free of food-oriented family traditions.

"I grew up in a very big family, and whatever the occasion was, you celebrated by eating," she said.

Sometimes Mrs. Beebe decides she has earned a little treat. Recently, after having car trouble and sitting in a repair shop for hours, she walked three blocks to get lunch. She ordered a unsweetened tea, a salad and a piece of cheesecake.

"If I treat myself, I balance it," she said, explaining that she had 300 flower bulbs to plant in the garden and eight rolls of wallpaper to hang in the house.

"That is good exercise as well as a good stress buster," she said. And that works out well for her because with such a busy schedule Mrs. Beebe has very little time for traditional exercise on the treadmill.

Reach Lisa M. Lohr at (706) 823-3332 or lisalohr@augustachronicle.com.

About the series

The Augusta Chronicle is following four people who volunteered to go public with their battle of the bulge by participating in a weight-loss program. We offer an update on one participant's progress each Tuesday.

Today is our seventh follow up with Cathe Beebe, a stay-at-home mom who has lost 14 pounds in seven months. She is working with Medical Weight Loss Center of Augusta.

As we follow our participants' progress each week, we'll provide information that you can use in your own battle to lose weight.

Health Tip

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