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Belleville finalists in Fat To Skinny book giveaway

- July 26th, 2010

wwwHere are the finalists in the Fat To Skinny book giveaway who entered via the Belleville Intelligencer (last names have been removed):

66. Bob, Belleville Intelligencer

I have type 2 diabetes and weight 294 lbs. I live by myself in a seniors apt. building where I have my own apt.I prepare my own meals and eat alone.I do not take any medication for my diabetes.My sugar remains at about 8.5 and I test it approximately once every two weeks.I lead a very lazy and inactive life with only short walks daily.I cannot walk further than two city blocks without sitting down. I require the use of a cane to keep me from drifting when I walk.I suffer from severe back pain caused in part from two damaged vertibray and a deteriating disk.

When I was in good shape at age 30-35 my weight stayed at about 170lbs.

I like to wear good clothes and dress smartly but with this weight I am forced to Big and tall stores which do not fit me well at all.Their styles are boring to say the least.I cannot wear good style shoes because I cannot tie the laces.

I need to lose weight to improve my ability to socalize and improve my chances for a happier lifestyle.

sincerely

Bob

67. Maureen, Belleville Intelligencer

This written response is not only an attempt to win a free copy of Doug Varrieur’s book but also a pledge to myself to submit to the fact that for 35 years I have caused my own health deterioration and it has got to stop.

On 28 July 2010, I will meet with my Doctor after completing a six-week trial of attempting to improve my lifestyle, without further medications.  My blood pressure is not under control with my current medications, my knees are shot, my blood sugars and bad cholestoral levels are too high.  Diabetes runs in both sides of my family tree.

At the age of 55, 5’4″ and 240 pounds nude (try not to picture this – whoops too late – Sorry), I can no longer rely on my sense of humour to get me past the “stares and obvious disgust”.  For the very first time in all my years of trying to loose weight, I am grasping any healthy ideas to assist me with my uphill battle to become slim and sexy again or even pleasantly plump but still sexy!

Unlike Mr. Varrieur, I did not say “screw it and just live life” as a fat person.  I’ve hated my body image far too long.  It’s so embarrassing to enter a room and have to scan quickly as to what chair I think I can fit in and will it hold me.  And I can’t pick an open-armed chair because I know that others are looking at my big fat hips hanging out the sides.  Or restaurants with booths to sit in – God! – if I wanted a vice to be placed around my middle I’d stay home and research S&M.

I want to be one of the lives that Mr. Varrieur saves by inspiring me with his new book.  I must find the clues that make my brain click into overdrive to reverse my unhealthy lifestyle.

And thank you Cary for your “Stamping out the sweet tooth” article in the Belleville Intelligencer newspaper.

Regards,

Maureen

68. Ernie, Belleville Intelligencer

I, Like Doug Varrieur have type two diabetes, and I desperately need to lose weight. Currently I weigh about 330 lbs and I am taking 1 oral medication (Metformin 500 mg@ 4 a day) I also use two types of insulin – 1 Long lasting (Lantus @ 90 units per day) and Also (Aprida – a fast acting insulin taken before meals amount varies  between 15 and 20 units. Depending on my sugar readings. I have had a life long battle with weight and esp with sweets.  I Inherited my Mothers sweet tooth. At this present time I have a slight case of sleep apnea , High Blood pressure and an irregular heart beat which I believe is associated with my diabetes, and I would like to get rid or at least reduce the medication required for these conditions and possibly get back to s normal life. I have three grandchildren that I would like to see grow to a ripe old age and enjoy them. I have been married for 48 years and if I don’t do something soon I might not make 50 years. I also have diabetic neuropathy in both feet and that in its self is a major worry.

Ernie

69. Sylvia, Belleville Intelligencer

Thanks for the opportunity to win an autographed copy of Doug Varrieur’s book Fat to Skinny. Unlike Doug, I don’t have that much weight to lose, only about 25 pounds … one would think gee it’s not a lot of pounds to lose so what’s the problem? Well the bulk of my weight is carried from my belly button upward as a matter of fact, the shape of my stomach resembles Doug’s before picture. People have told me I look about six to seven months pregnant. I am so uncomfortable with all this excess weight around my stomach and really want it off. There are times I need to take deep breaths due to the pressure pushing upward. I don’t know what to eat … whenever I have a meal my stomach bloats out even bigger, none of my clothes fit around my waist unless the waist is elastic. I am 5’2 and weigh 150 pounds with high cholesterol (on medication) I would sooooo appreciate having a copy of Doug’s book. Thanks for hearing my story.