This might sound like a last-ditch effort to hedge my bets, but I must point out that my main objective in signing up for the eight-week fitness challenge against Randy Ferbey wasn’t to beat the retired curling legend.
Hey, I still hope that happens (results will be finalized this week). But the fun and friendly competition between Randy and I has really been secondary.
Sure, we happen to be the main guinea pigs in this two-month human experiment, which I have affectionately dubbed the Survival of the Fittest. And sure, Randy and I are both healthier and fitter than we were 56 days ago.
But as I wrote from the get-go, this is much bigger than a four-time world curling champ and a journalist competing to see who can gain more muscle and lose more fat under the tutelage of nutrition coaches and personal trainers.
It was my hope, and the hope of everyone else involved, that this challenge would inspire others to unlock their body’s full potential towards greater health and happiness.
Early last month, I urged readers of the Keeping Fit blog to join Randy and I on this eight-week fitness challenge. And several of you did.
I’ve heard from a few of you, including Margaret (Marg) Jubinville, who has consistently kept me updated on her ongoing progress.
I asked Marg to write a progress report for publication, and here’s what she wrote:
It is great to be able to chat with you about our weight management plan and progress. I have struggled with weight all my life adult life and like you, am now following the Mark McDonald (Venice Nutrition and author of Body Confidence) weight management plan. As a pre-diabetic it is important that I control my blood sugar and I have been able to do it by following the plan. I have been following it for 5 weeks now and have lost 14 pounds. My blood sugars have stayed below 6.0 for the past four weeks! I am now going to be adding regular exercise into my program so am anxious to see how this affects the weight loss as well.
My biggest problem to overcome is that I am a stress eater and I have had my share of stress over the last 10 years and the pounds piled on. I find that this program is amazing and with the right combination of protein, carbs and fats I am able to lose the weight and control the stress cravings. I have been fortunate to have the support of a wonderful woman by the name of Brettany Sorokowsky, the owner of The Blood Sugar Stabilization Clinic and one of her Certified Nutrition Coaches. They have a wealth of knowledge and ideas to ensure success in following the meal plan and how to get through the tough spots. They are genius at helping you plan and perfect your meals to fit into our busy lifestyles and for me, that is half the battle. Learning to eat in 3’s every 3 hours is easier than I thought it would be. Once I mastered the art of pre-planning and appropriate grocery shopping the rest was a breeze!
The best part of this experience is not having to do it on my own. Lots of support, contact and conversations with people like yourself, who have the same struggles and challenges. I know the road to better health and wellness will be a successful journey for me this time!
P.S. Enjoy our facebook chats. Keep going. You are an inspiration to many (me being one of them). We all have hurdles to overcome and I know we can all be successful. Remember 1%!!!!!
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Wow, Margaret! That’s amazing! This is what it’s all about. Thanks so much for sharing your story. It sounds like you are right on track to unlocking your body’s full potential. You are doing this! Please continue to update me on your progress. I believe in you! And I look forward to the day when you message me to tell me you’ve reached your fitness goal — because it’s not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when.” Thanks again, Marg!