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And the winners are …

- August 9th, 2010

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And the winners of the Fat To Skinny book giveaway are (drum roll, please) …

In alphabetical order by newspaper:

Brantford Expositor — Kara

Belleville Intelligencer — Ernie

Edmonton Sun — Tasha, Linda

Kingston This Week — Cecilia

Kingston Whig Standard — Jeff, Lesley

London Free Press — Theresa, Ed, Adele, Tracy, Sue, Dusty

Niagara Falls Review — Elizabeth

Ottawa Sun — Don, Linda, Christine, Tara, Kelli, Leah

Pembroke Daily Observer — Linda

Peterborough Examiner — Brenda, Kate

Sarnia & Lambton County This Week — Jennifer, Susan

Sudbury Star — Caroline

Winnipeg Sun — Lance

Woodstock Oxford Review — Kelly, Mike

And …

The Keeping Fit blog — Kathy, Heather

Congratulations to all of you!

That’s 31 winners from across the country. Author Doug Varrieur’s reader forum assisted with selections.

“I posted every letter on my reader forum and attached a voting poll,” Varrieur explains. “The voting went on for seven days with amazing results. I was happily surprised to see an amazing turnout of voters and readers of every letter.”

The books have been mailed. They should be arriving in winners’ mailboxes anytime now, Varrieur says.

But wait, there’s more. Not only is the very generous Varrieur awarding 31 books, he’s also sending an e-book vial email to everyone else who submitted an entry! (Book winners will also receive an e-book so they can get started immediately.)

So you’re all winners! Indeed, it pays to play.

But that’s not all. You are all encouraged to take the information you glean from the Fat To Skinny book and put it to good use – by transforming your bodies and lives! As an added incentive, we’re hosting the Fat To Skinny Weight-Loss Challenge. Prizes and details will be announced soon on this blog.

Happy reading!

Winners of Fat To Skinny giveaway to be named … soon

- July 30th, 2010

Doug FAT PANTS blackWe’re still sifting through the entries in the cross-Canada Fat To Skinny book giveaway.

But it won’t be long now before 30 of Doug Varrieur’s books – autographed by him – are mailed out.

Here’s a message straight from the inspirational author himself:

I want to thank you for entering our book giveaway. It takes great personal strength to reach out and tell your story. It’s going to be tough to choose the winners, the truth is I see every entry as a winner. It takes a winner to have the guts to stand up and tell the world “I need help.”

Reading these entries has brought tears to my eyes more than once and not just me. Members of our reader forum have gotten very involved with all the entries and are chomping at the bit to jump in and help you. The forum members are actively involved in the voting process and commenting on letters. To review their participation visit this board on the FAT TO SKINNY forum:

http://fattoskinny.net/index.php?board=18.0

As a group we all know that you’re hurting and are ready for positive change in your life. We also know that the FAT TO SKINNY Fast and Easy program is your answer to losing weight, balancing blood sugar and improving health.

Winners will be announced Aug. 9 and FAT TO SKINNY Fast and Easy books will arrive at winners’ doorsteps shortly thereafter. There are four separate books in the FAT TO SKINNY series which are available from my web site:

http://www.FATtoSKINNY.com

FAT TO SKINNY Fast and Easy is also available from your local book stores and from Amazon.

Good luck with your entry and please remember….YES YOU CAN!

Sincerely,

Doug Varrieur, author

Peterborough Examiner finalists in book giveaway

- July 26th, 2010

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

76. Donna, Peterborough Examiner

Hi there,

I loved the article Stamping out the sweet tooth…it was very inspirational!

Here’s my story:

I have a “bad” knee and back that flared up in December.  As a result, I haven’t been able to walk or do much of anything.  I’ve gained 25 lbs and just feel terrible (physically and mentally).  I’ve been doing physiotherapy and now I’m seeing a chiropractor.  My pain is somewhat better and I’ve had some improvement in function.  However, I have to deal with the weight issue.  I’m feeling overwhelmed and I don’t know where to start.  I have to loose weight to further help with my knee/back, not to mention my overall health and spirits.  I’m concerned that if  I don’t stop this cycle I’ll gain even more weight and other health problems will develop.  I really identified with Doug as I have a sweet tooth too!!! (my snacking has gotten out of control).  As I was reading the article I kept thinking….if he can do it so can I.  Help!

Thank you,

Donna

77. Barb, Peterborough Examiner

HELLO:   I AM WRITING TO YOU FTER READING THE ARTICLE IN PETERBOROUGH’S “THE PETERBOROUGH EXAMINER”.

MY NAME IS BARB AND I AM A “YOUNG” 66.

I WOULD LIKE TO WIN AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF “FAT TO SKINNY” BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE IT WITH MY 69 YEAR OLD SISTER, ESTHER, WHO  IS QUITE OVERWEIGHT.   SHE HAS BEEN TO A HYPNOTIST A FEW WEEKS AGO AND IS REALLY TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT, HOWEVER, SHE HAS NOT LOST A POUND.   I TELL HER THAT AT LEAST SHE HASN’T GAINED!

I READ THAT DOUG DID NOT EXERCISE UNTIL HE LOST 110 POUNDS (INFORMATION SHE NEEDS TO READ IN HIS BOOK!).    ESTHER HAS BEEN EXERCISING A HALF HOUR EACH DAY, WHICH MIGHT BE PART OF WHY SHE IS NOT LOSING.

AS MY HUSBAND IS DECEASED AND ESTHER IS MY ONLY SIBLING, I WANT TO KEEP HER AROUND FOR AS LONG AS I AM !!!!!     EVEN THOUGH SHE IS MARRIED WITH TWO CHILDREN AND FOUR GRANDCHILDREN, WE DO A LOT OF THINGS TOGETHER,  YARD SALEING, PADDLE BOATING AT THE COTTAGE, TALKING ON THE PHONE ABOUT “FARMVILLE” WHICH IS A GAME ON FACEBOOK, SHOPPING etc.   Soooo, AS YOU CAN SEE, I REALLY DO NEED HER AROUND FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

OH, AND BY THE WAY, WHEN I SAID I WOULD SHARE THE BOOK WITH HER, I REALLY MEANT IT BECAUSE, EVEN THOUGH I DON’T WANT TO ADMIT IT, I WOULD BENEFIT FROM IT ALSO !!

THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS…………… barb

78. Kate, Peterborough Examiner

My name is Kate, I am 55 years of age.

I need to lose weight because I am going to venture on to a new beginning in my life and I would like to do it lighter than I am.  I am a mother of 5 and a wife of 30 years.  The marriage is going to be dissolving when we sell our house this summer.  I have been in a depressed state of mind for quite a while now, spending days in bed setting the alarm so that I would be up and awake when the kids came home from school.  I would eat chocolate all the time while lying in bed.  I would hide it all over the house so the kids wouldn’t eat it.  I used to pride myself on the fact that I ate all this sugar but was not gaining weight.  What a laugh.  I have ballooned up to 235 pounds on a 5’3″ frame.  I hide junk food all over my bedroom and eat it at night when only I can see.  Deluding myself that I am not doing myself any harm.  I have been diagonised with fybromyalgia, type 2 diabetis and my knees are making clicking sound when I walk.  My back is killing me and I find it hard to do anything physical at all.  I work in retail and do 9 hour shifts on my feet.  On days off, I recouperate from the long shifts.  I have 3 flights of stairs in the house and I find it hard to tackle one.

I need to kick this sugar habit.  It is killing me.  I would like to be around to enjoy the new beginning in my life and to see my grandchildren and children grow up and old with me.  Please consider me for the book as I think it would save my life!

Kate

79. Brenda, Peterborough Examiner

Good Morning,

My name is Brenda (53), and I read your article in the Peterborough Examiner on a author who helped himself over weight and health issues.  I looked up his book on the web and there is hope for me.

I have health issues also,  I am a type 2 diabetic and have recently found out I have two tumors in my neck. I am working with a great doctor at Princess Margaret Hospital.  I need to lose some  weight.  I am 5’1″ and way about 195 lbs.

For years I have tried different diets and fads and I loss a few pounds but nothing substantial.  I have been married for 28 years to a great man.  We have two grown children.  We have three grandchildren.  So I have been blessed in many ways.

To be successful in becoming healthy, I know I have to lose this weight and I will.  Thanks for listening.

Regards,

Brenda

80. Melody, Peterborough Examiner

Hi Cary,

My name is Melody, I’m 21 years old, and I recently read about Doug Varrieur’s “Fat to Skinny” in the Peterborough Examiner.

And here’s why I need to lose weight, in 399 words:

I grew up in a home where health was not a priority, and poor nutritional choices were made every day.  As a kid, I ate cookies, ice cream, and candy because that was the food available and because no one ever explained to me the consequences of eating bad food or the benefits of eating healthy.  As a teenager, my prom dress was made for me because it was so difficult to find a dress for a 203-pound 18-year-old.  Being a heavyset young person makes it difficult to find clothes that fit and are flattering and trendy, and losing weight would help make this endeavour easier.

Losing weight would also give me a boost of confidence.  Spending time with thinner friends sometimes makes me self-conscious, and trips to the beach or pool often make me cringe about putting my bathing suit on, even though I love to swim.  One day, I would love to be able to confidently wear a bikini, but I have some weight-loss hurdles to conquer before that day comes.

I am a classical voice major at the University of Toronto, and pursuing voice studies at university has helped open my eyes to how important it is to be healthy.  A healthy person helps make a healthy singer, and being in good physical shape is a key element to being a good performer, as well.  Having strong core muscles and a lean body helps a singer’s posture, breathing, and endurance, and it is important to me to improve these areas of my singing by losing weight.

Right before I started at U of T, I began to date my present boyfriend, who encouraged me to work out at the gym with him.  Then I learned that U of T’s tuition fees include a membership to multiple gym facilities, and I was persuaded to make some healthy lifestyle changes.  For more than a year now I have been very committed to this healthier lifestyle and have lost 40 pounds, which I am very happy about.  Nonetheless, I have hit a slump recently and have not lost any weight for the past few months, and I’m not sure why.  I’m hoping that Varrieur’s “Fat to Skinny” will be able to provide me with the tools I need to get over the slump, feel better about myself, become a healthier person and singer, and one day wear a bikini!

Kingston This Week finalist in book giveaway

- July 26th, 2010

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

75. Cecilia, Kingston This Week

Try, Try Again.

I’ve been on many diets trying to keep my weight down. My parents had type 2 Diabetes and Obesity. Most of their 10 children had it too.

My weight has been up and down over the years. I’m in my 75th year and still trying!

Reading about Doug Varrieur’s story is an incentive to try again. I’m not on medication and I try to swim every day for exercise. My biggest problem is trying to control my weight. I’m 5′ 7″ and at this time 250+ lbs. Food seems to control me. I’d like it to be the other way around.

Like Doug Varrieur I look in the mirror and say “Oh how I wish I were slim.”

I’m sure most people don’t want to be fat. The commercial world makes a fortune on books alone on how fat people can become skinny.

I’d like to win a copy of Doug Varrieur’s book to help me to lose  weight and be healthy

I read the Doug Varrieur article in “The Kingston This Week” Newspaper.

Sincerely,

Cecilia

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