Posts Tagged ‘Doug Varrieur

Kingston Whig Standard finalists in book giveaway

- July 26th, 2010

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

70. Lesley, Kingston Whig Standard

I have been fighting a weight problem all my life and have given up. Your  article has given me hope again. My dear husband has Type 2 diabetes and I do not want to lose him before he has fished everywhere he wants and golfed all the courses he dreams of. He needs to lose weight to get off the meds and back to being and feeling healthy. I will be 60 this fall and I do not want to enter the “golden years” on a downhill spirial. I can see myself with diabetes as time goes on and I do not want to go there. This plan sounds like it can help. I am willing to give it a try.

Lesley

71. Donald, Kingston Whig Standard

Good Morning, and thank you for your article re Obesity and Diabetes. I share your feelings about the down-side of sugar, and all the sugary foods out there. I wish food-producers and the Sugar Industry would listen and be responsible in the manufacture of their products. I am a Type 11 diabetic, age 76, diagnosed 20 years ago.

There is no cure for Diabetes. Once diagnosed with it, a person can try to control and manage it with diet, exercise and, most of the time, with the use of medication. The latter does not always mean Insulin injections but, as we age, the condition usually gets worse, and requires closer management, and tighter doctor-supervision. These are the broad-strokes of the treatment of Type 11: Type 1, on the other hand, results from a failure of the pancreas, and that person must have Insulin to stay alive.

Now, admittedly, I have not read Doug’s book but I think I can assume that after his weight-loss program, he has successfully taken steps to bring his sugar-count down and, hopefully, prevented and/or delayed complications developing. He’s on the right track, and should be commended.

Good luck with your column.

Respectfully,

Donald

72. Claudia, Kingston Whig Standard

My request for the free version of the book Fat To Skinny is for the very reason the author wrote the book. I am female with type 2 diabetic & way over weight. I need to be able to get some good advice on proper eating & cooking habits. My goal is to be able to get healthy & live longer.

I find I have good intentions but keep falling off the right path. The article really caught my attention & would really like to try it. Hopefully you will

consider me as a good candidate & send me the book.

Sincerely   Claudia

73. Pat, Kingston Whig Standard

This note is written on behalf of Pat who read the article in the Kingston Whig Standard, Monday July 5/10. (He doesn’t have internet access)

Here are Pat’s reasons why he would like a copy of your book:

I am 64 years old 5’9″ tall and weigh 371 lbs.
I have type 2 diabetes
I have arthritis in both knees, both hips and my lower spine
I have drop foot “left side” and wear a brace
I walk with a cane
I love my sweets and exercise is not an option

MOSTLY, I wouldn’t mind living a few more years.

Pat

74. Jeff, Kingston Whig Standard

Dear Doug and Cary,

I just finished reading an article in my local paper and it brought me to tears. I am a 43 year old male and I feel I am going to die soon.

All my life I have been overweight. I am currently 290 lbs. Diet after diet proved nothing other than me feeling like a failure each time.

I discovered I was a diabetic on one of the worst days of this century. I was horrified like everyone else when those planes crashed into the World Trade Center buildings. That evening I went to emergency with excruciating stomach pains. When the doctor returned with the results of the blood work he stated that he had no idea as to why I was having such pains but he was certain of one thing that I had Diabetes. My blood sugars were off the chart. I went home and cried. I shouldn’t have been surprised for years I have had excessive thirst and frequent urination. I decided it was nothing to be concerned over. Denial kept me living the lie!

Flash forward to today. I also have high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. I am on Metformin,glyburide,crestor,ramipril and hydrochlorothiazide for all my ailments.

I can feel in my body a change and I am not well. I do not sleep well at night ( I also have sleep apnea). My muscles get very weak from time to time and I am often fatigued and have no energy. Nighttime is stressful for me because I am afraid to go to sleep for I fear that I might not wake up. I am afraid to visit my parents who live on a remote lake because it is not near a hospital. I am shutting myself in and cutting off doing things with my friends. They   are concerned for me as well. I am also worried if I miss more work that I will lose my job.

When I read what you have discovered and saw the before and after pictures I was so happy for you and getting your life in order. Thank you for sharing your secret. I   can’t wait to learn this life changing cure. I always felt there was no hope now I have one last shot on getting my life back!!

Thank you and God bless,

Jeff

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.

St. Catharines finalists in Fat To Skinny book giveaway

- July 25th, 2010

wwwHere are the finalists in the Fat To Skinny book giveaway who entered via the St. Catharines Standard (last names have been removed):

64. Ed, St. Catharines Standard

Two nights ago I was examining my profile in our bedroom mirror.  My wife happened to look over as she was lying in bed and said “My God. You look like Demi Moore on the cover of that famous Cosmopolitan cover, you know, the one  where she appeared naked and eight and one half months pregnant, only she’s way better looking. ”  I am a 67 year old guy and was not amused to be compared to a pregnant woman, no matter how pretty she is.  Far better to look like her ex-husband, Bruce Willis instead. I really need to lose some weight before I hit the beach.

Ed

65. Larry, St. Catharines Standard

Dear Cary:

I was staying at a hotel in Niagara on the Lake on the weekend and my wife and I were enjoying the Breakfast buffet of toast, waffles with syrup, Home fries some eggs and bacon as much as you want , when my wife saw your article on the success of Doug Varrieur.

I too suffer from onset diabetes 2 , high blood pressure and high cloistral,   since I was 40 now I am 67 and weight 220 lbs at 5’8  My ideal weight should be 165 lbs but the doc says he would be happy if I  could bring it down to 180 . I would really like to get it to below 200 as a start

I have been up and down the scale 210 -230 for over 20 yrs

I am on medication for diabetes  but not insulin injections and supposed to be watching my diet. Well it hasn’t been happing.  I do have a sweet tooth  and more so since I gave up alcohol over 8 years ago

My portions are bigger than they should be and I eat after 8pm  my snacks are cookies and even ice cream

The shocker came last week when my doctor suggested  that he is going to recommend nightly injections of insulin.  I became somewhat depressed but wish to do something about my sweet intake and my weight

I would really like a copy or Doug’s book as I feel if he can do it so can I

Not having read his  book,  yet I still feel that he is a great inspiration and I hope that he has made contact with the diabetes society of Canada

Sarnia finalist in Fat To Skinny book giveaway

- July 25th, 2010

wwwHere is the lone finalist in the Fat To Skinny book giveaway who entered via the Sarnia & Lambton County This Week (last name has been removed):

63. Jennifer, Sarnia & Lambton County This Week

Dear Cary and Doug,



I recently read the article about Fat to Skinny in Sarnia & Lambton County This Week.  Here is why I need to lose weight:

In my line of work, people turn to me for lifestyle advice for managing their chronic illnesses, particularly Type 2 Diabetes.  Yet at age 28, I am 60-100 pounds heavier than my “ideal” weight.  I love food in general, even very healthy foods, but I am especially in love with sugary, fatty foods…the same foods I work to help other people limit in their lives!  It is embarrassingly obvious that I am unable to take my own advice, and I sometimes wonder why people bother to come back after seeing me at their first visit.

I am also at a stage in my life where my husband and I would love to start a family.  We talk about it often.  However, knowing about the health risks involved for the baby when a woman of my weight is pregnant, I feel that it would be greedy of me to become pregnant.   I would be putting my want to be a mother ahead of my (un-conceived) child’s health.   I do not wish to purposely put my own child in the way of harm, so I am opposed to allowing myself to become pregnant before I have achieved a somewhat healthier body weight.  If past experience with my weight is any indication though, there is a chance I may never be able to allow myself to become pregnant and be a mother.

The newspaper article I read about Fat to Skinny truly intrigued me.  I would love to take the advice of somebody who has loved sugar as much as I do, and to conquer my sugar addiction once and for all.   Helping me replace the unhealthy foods I love with satisfying, healthier ones would help me set a great example for the countless people I work with.  It would also allow me to start a family so I can be the loving mother I know I am capable of being.

Sincerely,

Jennifer

Woodstock finalists in Fat To Skinny book giveaway

- July 25th, 2010

wwwHere are the finalists in the Fat To Skinny book giveaway who entered via the Oxford Review of Woodstock (last names have been removed):

59. Jan, Oxford Review

Good Morning,

I just read, with interest, about this new book has been proven to help with weight loss. I would love to win a copy for myself.

I, like so many others, have tried so many weight loss programs and diets and realize, now, that “diets” don’t work. I have yo-yo’ed for years and am now at my highest weight ever after losing 35 pounds with Herbal One.

My health at this time is a big reason why I need to lose weight. Both of my knees are so full of Arthritis and at this point are bone on bone. I am in constant pain and need to have both knees replaced. However, I won’t have surgery until I have lost weight as I feel I cannot recuperate properly with all this excess baggage I am carrying around. Another factor for me was that I quit smoking in February (Yay!!) but with my success came even more weight as I no longer had that Nicotine to speed up my Metabolism.

As you can see I am in desperate need of help with this. I cannot afford another “Diet Program” as my husband lost his job 1 1/2 years ago and has only been able to find a job that pays 1/4 of his previous salary. With my knees, I can’t work and help out.

Please consider me to receive a copy of this book as I think it my be the only thing left for me to try.

Jan

60. Bonnie, Oxford Review

Dear; Cary

My Father passed away in 1989. At that time I only weighed 127lbs. But seven years of being left in the anger part of the grieving process my husband left me because of my anger. I decided to seek help. A doctor put me on Paxol a strong anti- depressant. She didn’t monitor me and after 8mths I put on 45lbs, and looked like a balloon that was ready to explode. Since then i’ve dieted, exercised and have attended an additions group for my weight. I managed 5yrs ago to lose 30lbs. But by then I had put on another 23lbs on top of the 45lbs. I was now at 205lbs I hated myself. I feel sluggish, new people were making sport of me behind my back. My husband left me again and after a few months came back. A week after being back he told me that I was gross looking and that my stomach was gross. That cut deeper than anything he has ever said. All along he told me I looked fine, I was more upset about my weight than he was when in reality he was holding it all in about how my weight bothered him. After that I had no desire to do anything about my weight but eat and stay in a depressed state. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 4yrs ago. My cholestrol is high and my husband left me again 2yrs ago for another women. I can’t get out of the dump i’m in. I’ve just been diagnosed with bipolar and all the medications for this disorder put on wieght. I’ve cried about it. I need the medicine but don’t want to get any heavier. I have times where I feel okay to lose then go back into my slump. My daughter & I walked a few months. I lost 5lbs but couldn’t keep it up because of my asthma in the humid weather. I have a third grandchild due in late July – Early August. I’d like to be here for them and my own four children. My oldest daughter is getting married next year. I don’t want to be porky mom. Please help me. I need to do this for Me, for them and to show my husband I can be thin and good-looking again.

61. Kelly, Oxford Review

Please consider my response to win a free ‘Fat to Skinny’ book.

I am 53 years old and I weigh very close to 400 pounds.  I am the mother of an 17 year old girl and a 14 year old boy and the wife of a wonderful man who is fighting kidney cancer.  At my current weight, I am not much value to any of them and I struggle with that truth every day.  In the two sentences introducing myself, you can see so many reasons why I would need to be a healthy weight and yet I cannot get control of the situation regarding my weight.  I used to have a great job but once we relocated to a new city, I became so fat that I can’t get a job that requires standing or sitting too long or bending or stretching which is pretty much every day life.  By not working, I’m not moving as much as I should nor am I contributing to our family income.  Just another let down.

I try to eat relatively healthy and I teach my kids healthy eating so that they don’t end up like me.  At this point, I’m caught in a vicious circle of not being able to move because I’m so fat and being so fat that I’m unable to move.  The long term damage that I’ve done to my body and my spirit is immeasurable.  Having been overweight since I was eleven years old , I’m sure that there has not been a day in my life that I didn’t think (at least once) about how I needed to lose weight.  Every night when I have to get up through the night, I’m in such physical pain, I tell myself how I need to lose weight, I need to move more but it’s so hard to do that, and I can easily talk myself out of it the next day.  I hang onto the hope that I am not doomed to being fat forever, but by not actually forcing myself to do something, I am likely sealing my fate of an early death and again, when my family needs me the most.

Perhaps this book will teach me something that I don’t know, that will help me lose enough weight and then will in turn, help me get up and move around.  I believe that if I get moving, everything else will fall into place.

There’s always hope.

Kelly

62. Mike, Oxford Review

Well,  I am cutting it close to the deadline, as I have about a half hour left of July 19th, but I am doing it, and getting in my request for a free book, and hopefully the much-needed change that I hope and pray it can bring!  I just got back from a camping trip with my family, and was catching up on my past issues of the Oxford Review, and I saw your article regarding the new book Fat to Thin.  Around a camp-fire one evening, I told my wife that I need to do something about my weight!  I am guessing that I am now around 350 lbs, and I am worried about my health.  When we got married almost 8 years ago, I weighed more like 280 and with my 6’2″ frame, that looked alright (though truth be told, I could have lost some weight then too!).  I quit smoking years ago, for my health, and I gained the extra weight that I still carry today.  Something needs to be done! I am only 35 years old, and I would love to have the chance to get fit, and healthy.

This year, my wife and I adopted a little boy, who just turned 3 in June.  He is awesome, and I love him dearly.  I LOVE being a daddy, and I am realizing that my weight is going to hinder my life with him, and I am worried that if I do not do something to control my weight, I might not be around for him like I want to be, for many, many, many years to come.  I want to lose the weight for me, but also for my wife and for my son.

I worry about things like diabetes too, as it is in my family.  My knees are sore and my back gets sore because I am carrying around too much weight on my body.  My heart is good, but I know that it is working hard to support my frame, and I would like to lose weight for it too.  I am an elementary school principal and I would like to be more fit to be able to do more with my staff and students too.  I do feel the limits of being overweight, and I would like to be the best I can be there too.

So, I read this article, and thought, “maybe this can be something to help me be better informed, and maybe it can provide me with some plans, tricks, motivation and actions that can help me achieve my goals!”  How cool to read this article and still have the half hour I needed to send out this email!  So, I would love to have a copy of your book, and more than that, I would love to have the chance to make a difference in my life, so that I can get to a healthier weight!  Thanks for this opportunity,

Sincerely, Mike