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Dana Weston is a Novant Health employee who has taken our mission to help our communities get better and stay healthy to heart…and extended it to her own family. When Dana learned that her mom, Del, had been diagnosed with dangerously high glucose levels (indicating a potential diabetes diagnosis), she leapt into action, moving her mom from St. Louis  to Charlotte, N.C. so that they could tackle this condition together during a 30-day “boot camp” designed by Dana. And now she’s sharing their journey with all of us. Using the insights that she has gained as a Novant Health employee, along with the input and advice of our physicians, wellness coaches and diabetes navigators, Dana is helping her mom reclaim her health and her life.

Weigh-In Day

Nov 8

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My mom’s first week of boot camp is officially over! There has been excitement, fatigue, sweat, tears and laughter. However, most importantly, there has been teamwork.

An estimated 26 million people in the U.S., or 8.3 percent of the population, have diabetes. More alarming is the estimated 79 million people living with prediabetes. If controlling the risk factors for this disease was easy, the number would not be so alarmingly high. Many of you reading this have been thinking about making a lifestyle change: increasing your exercise, changing your diet, shedding a few pounds, etc. Don’t go at it alone! Find a navigator or coach (Novant Health has some great ones!); partner with a family member, neighbor, or friend. Get connected with a local workout group. Your chances of success go up dramatically when you have a partner on your journey.

Studies show your success also increases when you have a eward waiting for you at the finish, so I created a reward chart for my mom with prizes associated with each level of weight loss.

Week 1 rewards:

< 1 lb = 30 minutes of additional exercise and a high-five

1lb – 3lbs = 1 new workout gear item of your choice

> 3lbs = 1 free manicure and pedicure

So now it was weigh-in time. There was complete silence in the room as I broke out the scale that had been hidden since her baseline weigh-in one week ago. She stepped on the scale and…

…SHE LOST EIGHT POUNDS!!!! (insert jumping, laughing, high-fives and hugs here)

Well naturally, my mom argued that she should get all the prizes (minus the extra exercise of course). Vetoed. So she opted for the new workout gear. Finally, after trying on pair after pair, my ultraconservative mother, whose shoes currently range from black to light gray, selected a pair of snazzy hot pink running shoes. As we left the store, she looked over and said, “I hope we have a workout tonight because I need to show off my new shoes.”

Today’s Mantra: Don’t wish for it…work for it. 

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Re: Weigh-In Day

Congratulations to you both, Dana! Great teamwork and great results. Keep it up!

By Stephanie on   11/11/2013
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Re: Weigh-In Day

Way to go! Fantastic results!

By Katie on   11/14/2013

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Re: It’s not you, it’s me
Extremely powerful letter with a lot of heart put into it! Amazing progress only a few short weeks and I'm sure this is only the beginning from the words from your letter. Congrats Del!

Re: Time to fly
Congratulations!! You are armed with information and resources and also have a success story worth sharing! What an inspiration! Keep flying high!

Re: New pants
Keep up the good work! And remember, salad is the main meal. Don't let the food industry continue to fool you ie: The beef council, The dairy industry into thinking that you need to eat meat and dairy, which is the worst food you can eat, to stay healthy and get the 'protien' you need. Have you ever seen a skinny, weak hippopotamus or gorilla? They are vegatarians! The calcium in milk is mostly blocked by the fat so your body can't absorb it. Animal protien is a huge causative factor in arthritis. Anyway,good job and stay the course. Btw; Be careful about drugs as they are all toxic to some degree and doctors don't know what they should about them. Use food as a drug,preventative agent.

Re: The doctor is in
Dana and Del - Congratulations to you both! What an accomplishment this boot camp has been, and it is incredible how much you've learned! Knowledge here is power, and it must be such a great feeling to know that you can do this! Keep it up, you are both so inspiring!

Re: A healthy kidnapping
Thank you so much for sharing. My husband found out he was diabetic last year when he ended up in ICU. His blood sugar was 1322. How he survived that I do not know. But he did and the last year has been an uphill battle all the way. I have gotten discouraged with his lack of concern (after the initial shock wore off). But you have given me hope and have lit a fire under me once again to try my best to encourage him once again that he can do this. Thank you so much.

Re: What motivates you
Thanks, I didn't cry until I read this one.... lol KEEP IT UP!

Re: It’s not you, it’s me
"Yes, I have already found someone else. Me." Says Del Weston. 2 words, LOVE IT!

Re: It’s not you, it’s me
60 minutes on the bike!? How fantastic! This letter seems like such a great exercise, and I see your sincerity in every word. You're in the home stretch on this boot camp journey, but I know this will be just the beginning for you. Congratulations!

Re: New pants
Ok so I am SOOOOO late {3 weeks to be exact} coming into this, however let me first say how surpised I am NOT at you two phenomenal women! Del and Dana, you both hold such a significant place in my heart and I must say that I am behind you both 110%!!! Heck, I am even joining you!
Del: 14.8 pounds in 3 weeks?!?! YOU GO GIRL!!! That is amazing! I am so proud of you.
Dana: Did you really have to add in the bit about her curlers? lol And, YES they made a huge difference, whoop whoop! New pants are great, but a healthier you is even better! I do believe that I have found my new favorite read. Keep the updates coming!
Love it and love you both dearly!
Georgia :-)

Re: It’s not you, it’s me
Way to go! What a bold stance you're taking, and we are all so proud of you! Keep it up!