City res­i­dent’s in­spir­ing 100 pound weight loss

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As Swift Cur­rent heads into the Cen­ten­nial year of 2014, the City wants to en­sure that its res­i­dents have many op­por­tu­ni­ties to stay ac­tive and healthy. The sec­ond an­nual Well­ness Chal­lenge be­gan on Jan. 13th and runs un­til Feb. 23rd: This year’s theme is “a healthy start to the Cen­ten­nial year”.

Dwayne Lavoie par­tic­i­pated in last year’s Well­ness Chal­lenge and re­cently shared his suc­cess story. Lavoie’s mo­ti­va­tion to take part in the chal­lenge was to help out his team with some­thing he wanted to do any­ways, and dur­ing the chal­lenge some great habits were formed. He went from read­ing a book at lunch hour to walk­ing a mile and a half ev­ery day, and from walk­ing his dog, Max, for 20 min­utes daily af­ter work to walk­ing him for an hour and a half. To this day, Lavoie’s healthy life­style con­tin­ues.

Lavoie started his life­style change about four months be­fore the chal­lenge be­cause he had a work con­fer­ence that he had to fly to. He’d heard about some­one who had been asked to leave a plane be­cause he was too large, and Lavoie didn’t want to be that guy. He didn’t want to be the guy who needed to buy another seat, to have to leave the plane, or to use a seat­belt ex­ten­der. He didn’t want to be em­bar­rassed.

In the 15 months since Lavoie be­gan his life­style change, in­clud­ing last year’s Well­ness Chal­lenge, he has lost a to­tal of 100 pounds. He feels a lot healthier, dresses dif­fer­ently, and his com­plex­ion is bet­ter. He has more con­fi­dence, a bet­ter self-im­age, and has much more en­ergy. He plays noon hour vol­ley­ball, which would have been very dif­fi­cult a year ago.

And the big se­cret to Lavoie’s suc­cess: no se­cret at all. Limit what goes into your body and mon­i­tor what you eat. Know how many calo­ries you con­sume in a day, and mea­sure and weigh your food — keep track of your food in­take. Lavoie didn’t join a gym or weight loss pro­gram. He didn’t spend a dime — the streets and side­walks are free. His pro­gram is called the “Max Guilt” pro­gram: his dog, Max, looks at him and makes him feel guilty when they are not go­ing for a walk. And on top of that, Lavoie is sav­ing money by spend­ing less on food.

Lavoie does cau­tion that set­backs will oc­cur. There have been times when he’s hit a weight plateau, and has needed to make changes such as more wa­ter, more ex­er­cise or dif­fer­ent nu­tri­tion. As well, hol­i­days can be very chal­leng­ing.

Ide­ally, he’d like to lose another 50 to 75 pounds, and weigh his light­est in 20 years. He re­al­izes the next 50 pounds will take longer to lose, but he reminds us it’s a marathon, not a sprint. He’s lost 100 pounds be­fore on a weight loss pro­gram, but it was not sus­tain­able. Chang­ing your life­style — walk­ing, ex­er­cis­ing and eat­ing healthy foods — is sus­tain­able.

More in­for­ma­tion on the Well­ness Chal­lenge can be found on f ace­book. c om/ Ci­tyOfSwiftCur­rent.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the Well­ness Chal­lenge can reg­is­ter by email­ing Val at v.choofoo@swiftcur­ or call (306) 778-2787.

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