Posted on 10/11/2011
It's been several weeks since I announced our first-ever diabetic weight loss contest and I'm happy to report the 7 contestants are doing great! So, with a couple of months under their ever-tightening belts, I thought I'd provide you with an update on how they are doing and the progress they've made so far.
Just in case you didn't read about it before, this contest is specifically for Type II diabetics. We know from experience as nurses -- my three daughters and I are all registered nurses -- and through our healthy meal plan, that most Type II diabetics can and do benefit from weight loss. Many who were once labeled as "Type II diabetic" are no longer due to a healthier lifestyle including their diet. Sometimes even a 5-pound weight loss can make a huge impact. We love seeing those success stories, and that is why we chose to do this contest to help them.
After 9 weeks, the six women and one man have lost a total of 126.4 pounds to date! They have just 3 more weeks to go in this 12-week contest that will conclude on October 31st. Not only do they have healthier bodies, but hopefully they are starting to create new habits and form new patterns too!
I believe slow and steady weight loss is the healthiest and best formula for long-term success. A lifestyle change should not be rapid otherwise people have a tendency to fall back into their old, bad habits. I believe most reputable health and medical experts agree with that approach. I know my husband Kelly believes that, he always has.
I'd like to point out that one of the contestants has done a remarkable job! She's lost more than 30 pounds and lowered her blood sugars so much that her physician has taken her off of her evening insulin dosage. Way to go!
With a couple of weeks to go, I want to congratulate Phyllis, Mary, Regina, Michael,
Karen, Marlene and Mata...a combined 126.4 pounds weight loss to date is pretty impressive. Keep up the work, the payoff will be huge when you cross the finish line in a few more weeks. Plus, you have a $1,000 CASH prize to help keep you motivatednot to mention the possibility of turning your diabetic diagnosis around for good. It may not happen during these 12 weeks, but if you continue with changing your lifestyle then you have a pretty good shot at doing so. Remember to continue to stay in close contact with your doctor so he/she can help regulate your medication as your weight changes so too does your medication needs.
I will update everyone upon completion of the contest to let you know the total pounds lost and who we award as the official winner, based on largest percentage of body weight lost during the 12-week contest.
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She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.