Below is a testimonial from a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes participant, Linda:
“Before the program, I could barely walk 50 yards without getting sweaty and winded. After the program, I’ve lost 60 pounds and 13 inches from my waist. Not only that, but I was able to reduce my A1C number and I’m no longer “pre-diabetic”.
What I like most about the program is that its pure education. The program isn’t trying to sell anything. I had complete access to a professional Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for the entire year and asked her about weight loss apps, other weight loss programs, popular weight loss beliefs and fads, how to weight train, etc. Because there is no one-size-fits-all approach, this program presents multiple, scientifically-backed strategies for managing your health—some easier to implement than others. Throughout the year I picked and chose which ones to use and shuffled them around periodically. I learned the psychology behind success and understand why I couldn’t maintain it with other programs. My strategies take into consideration my love for pizza and ice cream—no need to deny any food you love.
The program helped re-shape my attitude about “diet” and “exercise.” Nobody wants to “diet” for the rest of their life, but one thing you can do is eat mindfully. I learned how the body works and where “unintended” calories can come from. The biggest “aha” for me was that you can actually quantify how many calories you have to eat to gain, or lose, a pound. And, instead of “exercising” I began moving. Growing up, I hated gym class, not because I was overweight, I wasn’t, but because I wasn’t good at sports. Always the last to be picked for team yadda, yadda. This bad attitude kept me from exercising as an adult. When I started the program, I adopted a strategy to just move for a certain number of minutes each day. I began by counting housecleaning and lawn mowing as physical activity. I eventually came to accept that I deserve time to exercise and re-prioritized other things in my life. I don’t go to the gym – hate it. What I do do is go for relaxing 8-mile bike rides through the forest on my recumbent trike and weight train at home. This program’s holistic approach gives me hope that this time, I’ve made lasting, meaningful changes for my life.”
-Linda, Recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Participant
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