What, you ask, could do that to a doctor? (OK, you didn't ask, but I'll tell you anyway.) I followed her advice and made some lifestyle changes, successfully.
Since the last time I saw her, which was in April, I've lost 11 pounds. (I didn't diet, so I was surprised by this. Delighted, actually.) I've been working fruits and veggies into my diet through having a smoothie every day, I've been gradually cutting fat (*sniff* I miss my sausages), and I've started exercising again. What really made her beam was when I told her that I was making changes slowly, one at a time, and that rather than depending on willpower (or won't-power), I make each change so easy for myself that I don't mind doing it.
She says I'm going to be the poster child for lifestyle changes. LOL! I doubt I'll be one of those before-and-afters that you see sometimes, but at least I seem to have the right idea.