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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.

What motivates you

Nov 13

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Well, the glitter has worn off of this boot camp for my mom. The reduction in carbohydrates brings fatigue. The increase in exercise has left her muscles feeling worn-out. The new environment comes with feelings of homesickness. And the boot camp coach (i.e., me) is on her nerves with the incessant pep talks.

This is the point in a new program when it’s easier to quit than it is to keep going. I’m currently training for my first half-marathon, and I equate this place in the program to mile six. You’re tired and uncomfortable, and how you were living before all of a sudden doesn't seem so bad! But each of us has an inner champion that is capable of pushing through this wall, if we remember the reasons why we are changing in the first place. So I asked my mom to make a list of the top five things that are motivating her, and we’re sharing her list with you:

1) I want to grow older with the man I married 34 years ago.

2) I have a 15-month-old grandson, and Grammy wants to dance at his wedding…and the weddings of all my future grandchildren --not so subtle of a hint, mom.

3) I control the quality of the years I have left to live.

4) It is my time to concentrate on ME and not feel as if I’m neglecting my loved ones.

5) My youngest daughter kidnapped me, and I would like to eventually go home.

And so she’s pushing through. Her weight is dropping. Her fasting glucose readings are a little lower. And her new favorite song (from the woman who listens to Aaron Neville on repeat) is Katy Perry’s, “Roar.” The lyrics go a little something like this:  I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire, cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar, louder, louder than a lion, cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar!”

So what is going to motivate you to keep going?

Today’s Mantra: If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.

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Re: What motivates you

This will be an amazing experience you will both remember for the rest of your lives. What a great story you are creating to tell those future grandchildren about the importance of taking care of their health. You are both very inspirational.

By Kati on   11/13/2013
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We are all cheering for you!

By Katie on   11/14/2013
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What a great read. Your question to your mother and her responses to it remind me of my very own mother and her health challenges. Number 3 resonates with me quite well as my mother relentlessly attempts to solve the problems of her children and grandchildren, often neglecting her health. I've been looking for ways to discuss this with her and this has really motivated me to take that step. Keep pushing ahead!

By Nick Sullivan on   11/14/2013
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Congratulations on everything you have done so far, and congratulations in advance of everything you will continue to do in the future! I understand it can take a while to allow yourself to make your health a priority when there are so many other things in life that call for our attention. This is your time, and I hope that you can feel the great things you're doing for your body and your family. I can't wait to hear how you feel once boot camp wraps up and you get the chance to keep making these choices for your life!

By Andrea Bartoszewicz on   11/14/2013
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This is awesome! Wha a great motivational song as well. Keep roaring Mrs. Weston! You got this!!!

By Ashley Whisenton on   11/14/2013
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Your struggles are real and emotional. At the same time, your humor and open relationship with your mother is inspiring. In a month where we tend to focus more on what we are grateful for, I think your idea of a Top 5 list was a great motivator. It helps your mom (and you) recognize what a gift you've been given with this opportunity, and I can see that you both invision the legacy you will leave for those who follow you. Thank you for opening your life and your struggles with all of us.

By Leigh on   11/14/2013
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Great job ladies! It's a beautiful cycle to give back to your parents who gave you so much, and it's a beautiful struggle to see them take a back seat to all your knowledge, will, and drive to take them to the next level. I know both of you will be forever changed by this and I'm looking forward to reading more and seeing the final results!

By D. Ramsey on   11/14/2013
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Thank you for sharing this journey with us. If you and your mother don't already know, you are both very inspiring and highly motivating. Keep up the good work!

By Karen Russell on   11/15/2013
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Your list #1-4 (at least) are not only motivational goals, they are real positive affirmations that can be easilier repeated when the going gets tough. I am going to adapt your #3 for myself and repeat that "I can focus on my quality of years ahead of me, by working my positive goals today." Great job to both of you!

By Maggie Dimitriou on   11/15/2013
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Your experience has & will continue to resonate with many of us! What a powerful display of love on your part and courageous trust on the part of your mother. You both are adoringly inspirational! I learned alot from your blog and Thank you for sharing your experience.

By Theresa Wood on   11/15/2013
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Mom, I am so proud of you!!!! You have achieved much in the short time you have been with Dana (aka the dictator). Would you have ever thought YOU would be doing 50 non-stop minutes on the bike??? LOL! You are a woman of such strength and I look forward to many more years with a healthier you!! I LOVE YOU!!!

By Erica Bouwie on   11/16/2013
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Thanks, I didn't cry until I read this one.... lol KEEP IT UP!

By Georgia on   11/22/2013

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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!