Name: J. Mauser
Location: JFK Medical Center. Atlantis, FL
Improvement: 17 lbs Weight Loss / 2.7% Reduction of Body Fat
Time: 3 Months
Program: 2008 Total Transformation Challenge
I am pleased to have completed this challenge as a finalist. It has been a hard battle. In reality, the battle goes on. The need for a healthy lifestyle lasts more than 12 weeks.
This is my second year to be involved in the Transformation Challenge. It has been a lot harder because of some limitations regarding my upper body. I really wanted to quit but with encouragement from Rami and my work buddy, Rita Schmidt, I have persevered. It would be really easy to give into self pity.
I could easily fall back into old patterns of poor eating and thumb exercise. (That's when I just use the remote control.)
My need to lose weight has been a challenge all of my life. For that reason, I have placed equal focus on weight loss through proper nutrition, reduced calories and exercise. High fiber, low fat seems to be two important parts to the solution. I would encourage fellow strugglers to write down every thing that they eat. It will make them aware of how much more food they consume than they realize.
Now that the transformation challenge comes to an end, I realize that I need to take these learned behaviors and incorporate them into my life for the rest of my life. Just because I can't be "perfect" doesn't mean that I can't do "my" best. It's a personal thing. I will not "win" the prize but I know that I have won and the prize is improved awareness, fitness and health.