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Where are they now?

Posted on 04/19/2011

It's been a year since our first-ever Corporate sponsored Seattle Sutton's 2010 Slim Down contest concluded. I'm sure some of you may have been wondering where Andrea, Denise, Donna, Heidi, Linda, Martha, Michael, Paul, Phil and Tim are at and what they're doing.

In case you are new to my blog. The Slim Down contestants are a group of 10 amazing people who changed us all with their determination, heart and spirit. Combined they lost a total of 372 pounds in a mere 14 weeks.

Together they grew closer during their life-changing journey to change their eating habits, improve their health and most importantly, change their lifestyles. I think some of them will be life-long friends after this experience they shared during those 3 months together last year.

Much has changed since we first introduced you to them. The 10 people who competed for the contest, became friends and will forever be part of Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating.

Recently, we had a reunion for them. We wanted to know how they were doing, what they are doing and how life has been for them since the contest ended last April. As schedules are what they are, we were unable to organize a day and time that was convenient for all 10 contestants (and us). So, we ended up with choosing this past Saturday, April 16th as our 1st year anniversary reunion. Unfortunately, I was unable to go to the reunion due to a conflict in my own schedule. But my daughter Sarah and granddaughter Anna attended and reported it was so good to see those who could make it and how they are doing.

In attendance at the reunion were Denise, Linda and Tim. The day was filled with good conversation and many laughs. The three of them are maintaining their weights and appear to be doing quite well. A lot has changed in the year since the contest.

Denise is managing her health as she continues to wait for a kidney transplant. She's been on the list now for 3 years. Our hearts and prayers are with you, dear friend. May you obtain the organ you need soon and you fully re-gain your health.

Linda is keeping up with her young granddaughter...and then some! She's maintained her weight and fitness over the past year. In her own words, "I'm not a sit on the bench kinda grandma as a result of my weight loss.  It's probably a bit entertaining to the mom's half my age witnessing Alina and I running around playgrounds chasing up and down slides, balancing on beams and swinging on swings. THIS is what has been so rewarding about having gone through this process with each and every one of you!"

Tim has maintained his new, healthy lifestyle since the contest concluded. He's off all his medications he was once on, except for allergy medication. He works out 5-6 days a week. And he has undertaken a new hobby since he changed his lifestyle for the better. He now competes in 5K races. Way to go, Tim, way to go! When he entered the contest, if you might recall, he was having difficulty fishing.

We sent an e-mail to the group to hear from the others who were unable to make it on Saturday. Most of them have replied, here's what they have been up to:

Donna was as she put it, "In a groove all winter...going to swimming classes twice a week, riding her stationary bike and watching portion sizes." She said she played with 10 pounds back and forth and then she fell off the wagon. She's planning on going back on SSHE to help with portions and stay on track. She attributes her increase in energy to SSHE and for still being on lower dosages of her medications. Donna believes the whole experience has been very positive...starting with the wonderful food, terrific support team at Seattle Sutton, developed great new friendships and the physical and mental success realized. She is so grateful for the opportunity to have been involved in it all.

Heidi has experienced a little bit of a roller coaster with her weight over the last year.  She maintained and lost another 5 pounds for about 6 months after the competition, however as winter started to set in the pounds crept on and she was 7 pounds over her ending weight.  She was feeling extremely discouraged, but she started running and training for a 10K (6 mile race), which helped to keep her active and drop 5 of those 7 pounds. She has continued running and recently signed up for the Rock 'N" Roll half marathon in August!  Although she hasn't dropped those last 2 pounds, running makes her feel leaner and stronger.  She even started sporadically ordering SSHE to kick-start a healthier diet and really get into her half marathon training.  
 
Martha is enjoying her newfound energy.  It is something she obtained from SSHE.  After her weight loss, she fluctuated 5 to 7 pounds.  She said SSHE taught her to lower her portion sizes and to exercise.  She has a club membership and she continues to maintain her weight. As she put it, "I cant go back to the way I was!  Its important for me now to live as long as I can for the sake of my Granddaughter."

Mike is enjoying working out and running. He's done several 5K's, duathlons and two half marathons.  He's registered for two more half marathons this year that keeps him on a training schedule. His doctor's exams for the fire department have been a breeze with his much-improved numbers from SSHE. He's also been able to do without high blood pressure medications thanks to SSHE.

Paul, the contest winner, suffered a severe ankle injury while running due to overuse last August. He was in a boot for 8 weeks and couldn't run, climb stairs, use the elliptical or etc. for more than 6 months. His ankle still slightly hurts when he runs, but he started running again just last month. He did the Shamrock Shuffle 8K a week ago and did okay (48 minutes - about 4 minutes slower than last year). Given the lack of exercise and mobility (and he went on a cruise with his family), he put on about 10 pounds since the injury in August. He has been in the 168-170 range. He is now starting to heavily train for Ironman Wisconsin -- 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2 mile run, which takes place on September 11th. He expects to be back to his "racing weight" of 158-162 in the next couple of months.

I think Linda said it best..."Wishing you all continued success in celebration of our one year anniversary in completing the Seattle Sutton's 2010 Slim Down contest!" I couldn't have said it any better myself, Linda, nicely put!

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

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.

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