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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.

Time to fly

Nov 27

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As I write this post, I am watching my mom begin to pack her suitcases to return home. How did four weeks go by so quickly? Here are her amazing stats for this boot camp/"kidnapping":

·        2.5 point decrease in Body Mass Index (BMI)

·        2% reduction in body fat

·        16.2 lbs of weight loss

Please give her a virtual round of applause, high-fives, hugs, and cheers!!

For those of you who remember high school chemistry class, there are various types of chemical reactions: combustion, decomposition, combination, blah, blah, blah. There is an additional chemical reaction that commonly occurs in nature that was not included in your chemistry textbook: adult daughter and mother living under the same roof for one month.

However, we have more than survived; we have both thrived. It is not relief that I feel, but sadness, as I watch her prepare to leave. I am also anxious. During this month, I have lovingly referred to my mom as “baby bird.” I have watched over her, prepared meals, provided oversight of exercise, and kept her safe in my nest (well, except for that one incident at the gym that she will never let me forget). As she prepares to leave, I find myself nervously quizzing her, reassuring myself that she is prepared to fly.

Mom, what is your goal for every meal?
No more than 35-40g of carbs per meal. Get plenty of protein. Watch my portion sizes and keep a food journal.

And what is your strategy when you eat out?
Look at the menu in advance when I can. Ask for a to- go container before I start and package up half of the meal. Skip the bread and the appetizer.

Mom, how much are you going to exercise?
At least 150 minutes per week (30 minutes, 5 days/week) with a mix of cardio and resistance training. Oh, and I won’t make myself do exercises that make me pass out like someone else did.

(Note: My mom plans to join a local gym and will also continue walking with a non-profit organization called GirlTrek. We encourage each of you to find a gym or group in your area to exercise with and keep you accountable!)

Mom, do you want me to just come home with you?
Baby girl, I got this.

You are ready to fly, baby bird. I am so very proud of you and consider it an honor to be your daughter.

Today’s Mantra: The best project you'll ever work on is you.

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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!

By Maria on   12/2/2013

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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!