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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.

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

Brantford finalists in Fat To Skinny book giveaway

- July 24th, 2010

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

55. Sylvia, Brantford Expositor

I would like to enter my name for a free copy of Varrieur’s book Fat to Skinny.

I have always been thin but since hitting menopause I have gained weight and have recently been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and that has slowed me down even more and the medication has also caused me to gain more weight.  My third daughter has a baby girl and will be going back to work in Nov and therefore I will be babysitting a few days a week but now with this weight gain I get really tired fast and the weight on my knees and feet really slows me down so I would like to loose some weight before Nov so that I can be fitter and lighter and capable of babysitting my precious little Julianna.

Thank you – saw this in the Brantford Expositor, Mon July 5th

Sylvia

56. Kara, Brantford Expositor

There is a saying that we become our parents.  Meaning that the cranky, peculiar, stubborn or fastidious ways that develop as we age are attributed to the behaviors we learned in our upbringing, and that no matter how hard we try to do otherwise, we eventually become the next generation of cranky, peculiar, stubborn or fastidious old people our kids will roll their eyes at.

Less amusing is the fact that we also inherit our parent’s propensity for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and a host of other life-abbreviating conditions.  It is this realization that has me quaking (or jiggling) in my XXL extra wide-sized boots.

This year has been a journey towards that realization.  I went back home (New Zealand) to visit my mother, to verify her survival with my own eyes.  She had undergone an emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery.  She came by it honestly – my mum has led a sedentary life, was a heavy smoker, is now diabetic, morbidly obese, has a diseased heart and is still shy of 60.  Her first stroke happened like a lightning bolt out of the blue at the age of 46.  It should have been a wake-up call.  She grew up in a culture that still equates food with love, and every single member of my maternal family for several generations is overweight and diabeti c.  It’s our legacy.

I am no exception, and at 36 years of age, this year marks the 30th year of battle with my weight.  My first attempt at dieting happened when I was six years old, in response to my Nana’s disgust at my chubby body.  Thirty years later, always at the right hand extremities of those height/weight charts, BMI charts, girth-of-your-arm-flab charts and I still haven’t found my ‘ideal’ weight.  Thankfully I lead a fairly healthy lifestyle and am not (yet) diabetic, however each passing year the ticking of the bomb gets louder.  I am running out of time.  How much longer until my first stroke?

I need to lose weight, to NOT become my mother.  I need to lose weight because I have to defuse this bomb that my name and future on it.  I don’t want to become my mother, who 8 months after her surgery is fearfully watching a diabetes-assisted ulcer consume her leg where a small well-healed inch-long scar should be instead.  I want to be healthy me, legacy free.

Kara

Reader of the Brantford Expositor.

57. Doreen, Brantford Expositor

Dear Doug and Cary:

WOW, I read Mr. Varrieur’s story in the Brantford Expositor last week and I was blown away.  I really hope that after you hear my story you can help us.

My husband is 50 years of age, been on CPP Disability and LTD since 2005.  Guess what, he needs knee replacements (both).  After several searches for the right doctor to do the surgery, we found him, but there is a waiting list.  My husband is an ex athlete and has worked hard all his life to support himself and his family.  We’ve been married 24 1/2 years.  Due to his lack of mobility, which seems to be decreasing yearly, he has gained a huge amount of weight.  We’ve tried everything to get this weight off, but no such luck.  He’s getting very depressed about this issue.  He hates the word “obese”!  He now has diabetes type 2, high blood pressure, cholesterol issues and takes Tylenol 3′s and Celebrex for the constant pain (osteoarthritis). His family doctor has put him on every diet medication there is, he’s been to dieticians and even the Wharton Clinic in Hamilton.   WE need your help desperately, We don’t know where else to turn.  We haven’t much of a life (actively) since he can’t go too far, we can’t enjoy walks, he can’t enjoy riding his trail bike, we can’t go to fairs,  we can’t even go to the movies.  It’s now becoming a chore to take him to the grocery store, he must hang on or his knees give out.  Most times I just leave him at home.  I feel guilty about this, since I work 8 hours a day as an Office Administrator.  We have put our oldest child through University (just graduated) and our daughter will be entering her third year.  Stress levels in my life are high and I’d really like to see my husband lose the weight, get the surgery and get our life back on track.

We need to do this for us, our kids and any future grandchildren.

Sincerely,

Doreen

58. Cathy, Brantford Expositor

Hello:
I desparately need this book because I have had sciatica now for over a year and am in horrific pain.  I have the “old lady” spread around the middle and need to get rid of it.  I don’t exercise enough as it hurts too much.  I need to be a role model for
my 780 students and show that a healthy weight is important and I could also show the parents a good way to lose weight.  Please consider me for a free copy of your book and I would be a good advertisement for you!!!!! As a youngster, I am sorry to say
that I lost weight by becoming a bulemic and I would never resort to such tactics again so I need a safe and realistic way to lose weight.


Cathy