- Weight Loss as a Family: How to Stay on Track During Your Vacation
- Follow Your Regular Eating Schedule
- Enjoy Family Meals
- Combat the Sweet Tooth
- Keep Snacks Packed with Protein and Whole Grains
- Set a Good Example
- Would you spend summer vacation at fat camp?
- Who will you find at a weight-loss camp?
- Weight-loss camp 101
- Other fat-camp options
- Do weight-loss camps really work?
- Finding success after fat camp
- Weight loss: My friend called my fitness holiday a fat camp
- Anti-Fat Camp: Tackling the Pounds One Family at a Time
- 'Shame': The Biggest Incentive
- Fitness Camp: Total Immersion Therapy
- From Cooking Classes to Aerobics
- Attitude Changes After the First Week
- Final Weigh-in Brings Wave of Emotion
Weight Loss as a Family: How to Stay on Track During Your Vacation
Spring break and Summer vacation season is finally here! Do you guys have any exciting trips planned?
Traveling is one of my favorite activities – there is nothing better than exploring new places, and even tuning out the stresses of normal life just a little bit. As great as vacations are they’re often not so great for our diet.
For days spent actually traveling – sitting in an airport or spending hours sedentary in a car or train – our activity levels may be a little short of recommended. On top of the loss in physical activity, we often find ourselves grabbing quick meals on the go.
These quick options typically unhealthy -high in sodium, fat, and full of empty calories. This can spell trouble for those of us trying to achieve weight loss as a family.
Vacations doesn’t need to translate to doom for your healthy diet. In fact we these healthy tips staying on track while traveling is a breeze. All it takes is a little extra planning, but weight loss as a family is attainable when we make nutritious choices. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind that will help tackle temptations during your next vacation. Be sure to check them out!
Follow Your Regular Eating Schedule
When on the road, we are typically surrounded by food at various stops and points on our journey. This may prompt children (and ourselves) to snack or eat even when they we are not hungry.
To best avoid this, stick to eating at the set times that you usually do when at home. By following your regular day-to-day schedule while traveling, we are less ly to overeat.
This also prevents mindless snacking, and teaches kids a more positive association between food and road trips.
Enjoy Family Meals
Planning a jam packed vacation – where you are constantly on the go. We know the type – and these types of trips can make finding the time to squeeze in a real meal near impossible.
Rather than snacking and grabbing food on the go, instead make an effort to sit down all together as a family for at least one meal each day during vacation. It’s so important to dedicate specific times to meals.
It won’t kill your busy schedule to sit down for an hour to relax, enjoy each other’s company, and enjoy a nutritious meal. Making meal time a special occasion, even at a restaurant, doesn’t mean that it can’t be healthy.
You should use this time to explore and enjoy new foods by educating each other on healthy options to choose while out on the town. Limiting additional calories by skipping appetizers and choosing to share large entrees are great options too!
Combat the Sweet Tooth
Since vacation brings upon that “treat yourself” mentality, many kids will most ly expect to satisfy their sweet tooth any chance they get.
While it’s absolutely okay to indulge every so often, always remember that moderation is the key to any healthy lifestyle.
Looking to better control your cravings? Try having healthier sweets on hand, such as dried or freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, and fresh fruit when available. Yogurt is another great option!
Keep Snacks Packed with Protein and Whole Grains
If you’re focused on healthy choice and weight loss as a family – you are probably very used to the idea of packing healthy snacks for busy days. This is a great tool to avoid having to reach for unhealthy snacks when hunger strikes.
You should aim to pack snacks packed with protein and nutrients – these will help you to help full for longer. Fiber-rich whole grain cereal or crackers, popcorn, granola bars, or oatmeal will ward off the munchies, along with a protein-heavy nut butter sandwich with chopped bananas or berries.
Not only is this a great tip for vacations and road trips, but for everyday routines too! It’s a great way to prevent unhealthy snacking.
Set a Good Example
Kids have a tendency to mimic their superiors, meaning that your food choices will impact their decisions on what to eat. As a parent or loved one you should avoid overindulging at mealtime – so your kids will most ly follow suit.
Be aware that the examples you set for them now is setting a foundation for how they will continue to interact with food for years to come.
Encouraging the children in your family to establish a healthy relationship with food, and to gain more control over their own eating habits now will have lasting impacts in the future.
Practicing healthy habits and achieving weight loss as a family is a challenge in and of it’s own – let only when vacationing and surrounding by temptations. Before planning your next trip remember these healthy trips to help you and your family stay on track!
Would you spend summer vacation at fat camp?
Source: Web exclusive, July 2010
With many of us so concerned about keeping our weight in check, it seems only fitting that a new trend in vacations is starting to emerge: weight-lossretreats.
Think of it as a boot-camp-meets-spa hybrid. Yes, you’re pampered with gourmet food (albeit calorie-reduced options with no wine or dessert) and massages, but instead of sitting at the beach in between meals, you’re kicking your butt into high gear and losing weight.
Once such retreat, which has been operating near Nelson, B.C. since 1991 is Mountain Trek. Here, there are no phones, no televisions, no newspapers and no processed food’just the pristine wilderness and a regimented daily fitness program.
Who will you find at a weight-loss camp?
Mountain Trek accommodates just sixteen guests at a time, making it a very exclusive boot camp.
‘We not only kickstart metabolism through a boot-camp-style program, but we offer guests detoxification and stress management as well,’ explains general manager Kirkland Shave, of Mountain Trek’s summer FitPath program. In this particular program, the main fitness component is hiking.
The majority of Mountain Trek guests are “urban corporate professionals,” with 67 percent of those being women and 33 percent men.
According to Shave, female guests lose an average of four to six pounds in six days, while men lose an average of seven to nine pounds in six days. ‘Most of our guests are working on losing that last 20 pounds,’ he says.
‘The majority are not obese when they come to us because they have to be able to climb four sets of apartment stairs without stopping in order to come here.’
Weight-loss camp 101
Upon arrival, each guest undergoes a body composition analysis, used to establish goals and track their fitness progress throughout their stay. Aside from monitoring guests’ blood pressure, fat, water and muscle mass, the retreat’s registered kinesioligist and dietician also closely monitor everyone’s sleep patterns, mood changes and urine.
A typical day at Mountain Trek begins with a early morning “wakeup tonic” at 6 a.m., followed by a power shake and a yoga class at 6:30. Breakfast, which could consist of a spinach frittata or muesli with organic fruit is eaten at 7:30 a.m. and at 8:30 a.m. you hit the trails.
‘There are no breads, baked potatoes or simple starches served here,’ explains Shave, who has been working at Mountain Trek for nine years. Lunch, which could be a salad with barbecued chicken, is taken picnic-style during the hike and at 3:30 p.m.
, everyone returns to the main camp for a one-hour lecture, covering topics from nutrition and fitness to setting goals for re-integration at home.
Following the lecture, a dinner of light curried vegetables, organic and wild fish or poultry is served before a one-hour cardio class at 6 p.m. And right before bed, guests can indulge in a massage, which releases toxins stored in fat. At 9 p.m. it’s lights out. Then it all begins again the next morning.
Other fat-camp options
Another weight-loss camp on the other side of the country is Ontario’s Camp California. Geared to women and children who want to shed pounds and reclaim a healthier lifestyle, there are no men allowed at Camp California, but boys can participate with their mothers.
Located near Kingston, the camp offers extreme fitness boot camps as well as diet camps that offer nutritional counselling to participants.
This retreat is also less structured than others, with participants given free time to go into town on the weekends or take part in games nights.
It’s almost being away at summer camp, but with a healthy dose of fitness and nutritional counselling thrown in.
Do weight-loss camps really work?
But the question is, are weight-loss camps Mountain Trek and Camp California just quick fixes, or can guests really keep off the weight and stay in shape long-term? Nanci S.
Guest, a Toronto-based registered dietitian and certified personal trainer who was also the supervising dietician for the athlete’s village at the 2010 Winter Olympics, says there are a few things to consider.
‘If someone’s going to take a vacation and the boot camp‘s an option, I think that’s great to do something good for your health,’ she says. ‘It’s better than going somewhere where you’re going to sit on the beach and eat at the all-inclusive. So choosing that in a getaway in itself is a good, healthy, positive choice.’
However, Guest is quick to point out that going on a weight-loss retreat for one week isn’t enough time to make any significant change.
‘One week is not long enough to pick up new habits and to feel any change,’ she says. ‘I would say two weeks would be the minimum and your optimum would be to go for four weeks.
I think that’s when you would really start seeing changes in your body and start feeling better and have that extra motivation to sustain it.’
Finding success after fat camp
According to Guest, it’s imperative that a weight-loss camp provide practical tools for guests to stay motivated once they return home. ‘The more nutrition and fitness education offered, the more autonomy clients have, and they’ll be able to sustain a healthy lifestyle on their own,’ she says.
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Weight loss: My friend called my fitness holiday a fat camp
It was time for me to step my comfort zone and what better way to start than to sign up for a week of exercising multiple times a day, outdoors in the heat, overseas with complete strangers. What do I have to worry about?
I’d lost three stone but remained two stone overweight. My weight stayed the same for four long months. My time of sitting comfortably on my weight plateau and patting myself on the back for not regaining the weight I’d lost needed to end.
So I booked a fitness and health holiday in Portugal for seven days. After I’d told a friend of my “brave” plan, she leaned her head to one side and grimaced sympathetically while asking “Is that one of those fat camp things?”
I gasped and grimaced back answering, “No.” But I then remembered when I first heard of a fitness holiday I’d imagined commander-style trainers shouting at me through a megaphone saying “pain is weakness leaving the body” as I crawled through mud – I was wrong, it is nothing that.
Rachel Flaherty with her friends from her fitness holiday.
Late last year I had gone on my first fitness holiday when I was a lot heavier. I was incredibly anxious worrying if it would be a waste of time for me or would I hold back the elite athletes in the group. Neither happened. When the week was finished I had achieved far more than I originally thought I would by working on my own strengths and weaknesses, and I had a renewed sense of focus.
Many people ask me why I would want to spend my holidays putting myself through a “torturous week of exercise”.
I want to do it because nothing feels better to me than being afraid to do something, forcing myself to do it and then actually enjoying it –and it’s not torturous. I’ve also realised I really enjoy working out with other people.
So, in full disclosure, this is a baby step my comfort zone as I’m returning with the same company, Algarve Fitness, but with different trainers and schedule.
I fly to Faro Airport on the Friday evening and meet the rest of the group for a welcome dinner. I get a little carried away with the holiday vibe and have a couple of glasses of wine. It probably wasn’t my brightest idea with getting up at 7am for breakfast the next day but the excitement of the week ahead had me awake on time.
I meet the main trainer for the week for a private consultation, which involved being weighed, getting measurements done and discussing goals for the week and the future.
In our group of six, fitness levels and ages are varied. Some people want to gain muscle, increase their strength, others are recovering from an injury and are building their fitness back up, and some want to lose weight.
I want to lose weight too, but I also want to use the week to change from my normal routine to start healthier habits, to push myself further than I currently do in exercise and get motivated for future goals.
I know my body won’t radically change in one week, but my mindset and motivation can be improved.
Owner Ray Donovan, who is from Dublin, is also the cook for the week. He explains the food for the week will not be “anything fancy” but wholesome and nutritious. Examples of breakfast during the week are eggs, porridge or fruit. Lunch and dinner include chicken, fish, beef or pork with salad, vegetables or a mix of beans. Snacks were provided too.
This part of the holiday appeals to me as I hate cooking, so showing up and just eating what is served makes me happy. In a world of popular cooking shows and foodies, I feel it’s almost a sin to admit I hate cooking, and I know it’s something I need to change my mindset in order to get healthier.
About 11.30am on the Saturday we have our first session. It was about 23 degrees with a breeze, and I’m feeling self-conscious and nervous. I showcase my lack of co-ordination and my ability to get a bright red face in minutes. We all laughed as much as we sweated and exercised; it was a good start.
During the week exercise sessions vary from high-intensity interval training (HIIT), circuits, boxing and weight training.
Additional running is optional and there are plenty of challenging hills around the resort to test yourself. I didn’t do this; becoming a runner is on my future to-do list.
None of the training or activities are mandatory during the week but besides the extra running, I took part in everything else.
An example of a day was a HIIT session at 7.30am, breakfast about 8am-ish, a coastal walk at 9.30am, lunch about 12.
30am, relaxation time until 4pm and then a class circuits, boxing or upper body training with some stretching afterwards. The day ended with dinner at 6.30pm/7pm.
The days varied according to how people were feeling and different activities kayaking and surfing were included but generally, that was the routine.
Rachel Flaherty in Portugal: ‘The group of people I met were the highlight of my week.’
A physio session was included in the week, which was welcomed by everyone.
There were also swimming pools, a jacuzzi and sauna in the resort to use when relaxing. The apartments each had an en suite spa bath, which I was grateful for as the days wore on.
There’s a gym in the resort for any extra workouts people wanted to do.
Some of my favourite parts of the week were boxing training and the two hikes. The first hike we walked was about 18km through the countryside in an area called Paderne through Purgatorio (it was better than it sounds). The second was a scenic 10km coastal and cliff walk from Portimao to Alvor. There were shorter walking options available.
I had some soreness and aches by the end of day two, but after a bath felt much better. On day three I could have happily stayed in bed for the day. I woke up feeling a bit flat, but we started with yoga and it was a day of less strenuous activities, so I soon forgot about my lethargy. That night I slept more than nine hours and woke up the next day full of energy again.
The last work the week on the Thursday was on a beautiful picturesque beach with soft sand,but that same sand soon became my torturer. The workout involved rope slams in the sand, which I found tough as the sand almost acted a glue trying to hold onto the rope each time, kettle bells, squats, lunges and sprints. It was hard but a lot of fun.
We ended the week with going out for dinner and drinks in the local town of Carvoeiro. The group of people I met were the highlight of my week; they were encouraging, fun, friendly and great to work out alongside.
The week showed me that although I had a lot of work to do in building up my fitness and strength, I had made progress in recent weeks. During the week I lost five pounds and 1½ inches (4cm) from my waist. It felt good to move pass the dreaded weight plateau, but it felt even better having a renewed sense of determination and self-belief again.
Rachel Flaherty's column is about getting fitter and healthier.
Contact Rachel on @rachelfl or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Part 1: I lost three stone and I'm stronger now
Part 2: I’m stuck in the weight loss plateau
Part 3: A friend called my fitness holiday a fat camp
Part 4: My plan is driving me up the walls
Part 5: It is slow and fluctuates but it has stayed off
Part 6: Why are we doing this? This is terrifying
Part 7: I want to form new habits
Part 8: I gained 4lb. My fear of failure returned
Part 9: It’s time to face my nemesis – running
Part 10: Losing weight without trying
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Anti-Fat Camp: Tackling the Pounds One Family at a Time
Aug. 31, 2009— — At 11 years old, Collin Robinson enjoys all the classic passions of the average almost-sixth-grader. He goofs around with his friends, plays video games, and loves the theater. Also, many other boys his age, Collin s to eat — a lot.
At 5 feet 8 inches, Collin weighs in at 249 pounds. He is severely obese.
“My favorite thing to actually eat at home … would probably be a double quarter pounder with cheese, no onions, from McDonalds,” he said.
Collin's mom, Krista Robinson, 38, who struggles with her own weight issues, knew she had to stop making excuses and do something about her son's health.
“His doctor told me at his last physical, which was about a year ago, that I needed to do something immediately,” she recalled. “Some of his cholesterol numbers are starting to climb up. And that …
was really an eye opener for me.
I've always felt people look at me I'm lazy, or, , 'how could she let her son get to that point,' or 'doesn't she see?' And I do, I do see those things.”
So in lieu of summer vacation, she and Collin spent two weeks at the Wellspring Family Weight Loss Camp in Pinehurst, N.C.
“We really needed … an intervention,” said Robinson, who says she found the program after typing “fat camp” into an Internet search engine.
Wellspring rejects that title; they believe for each overweight camper, the key is to give the whole family a behavior makeover that will last a lifetime.
“Having the whole family participate in the Wellspring program enables the parents to see what kind of changes they're going to need to make to best support their child that might be overweight or obese,” said Michael Bishop, clinical psychologist and executive director of Wellspring.
'Shame': The Biggest Incentive
Families the Robinsons sign up to shed pounds and learn healthy habits at Wellspring. For many, it's a last resort.
For Krista and Collin, all the campers there, the first hurdle was the official weigh-in, which is often an uncomfortable moment of truth. Krista Robinson tipped the scales at 334 pounds, which is morbidly obese by medical standards. It's a situation that's been silently affecting her.
“I think shame is probably the biggest feeling,” she said. “And I don't really talk about it with friends or family or anything that.”
As a working, single mother, who is often too busy to cook, Robinson acknowledged that their situation spiraled control.
“I have chosen to give him the fast food and everything, as a matter of ease, just checking one more thing off our to-do list for a day,” she said. “I really feel that's what does it. I feel that's how he got here.”
And it's not just junk food. Her son's lack of exercise hasn't helped matters either.
“We live in a condominium environment,” said Robinson, “so it's not when he was little, he can just run outside and play. So I've always kind of kept him inside unless I was going out with him.”
Fitness Camp: Total Immersion Therapy
The Wellspring camp is a total immersion program. Over two weeks the Robinsons and the other families will hopefully learn new way of living.
“There's transformations for some, and there's dramatically increased awareness for others,” said Susan Borgman, the camp's clinical director.
On the first day, Borgman introduced step one: exercise. Each camper is encouraged to take 10,000 steps a day, and they are given a pedometer to help them keep track.
Wellspring also uses psychological and cognitive behavioral therapies.
Each camper is given a food journal and required to record everything they consume at every meal, including portion sizes, calories, and most important of all – fat grams.
The point is to help campers become more aware of what they eat on a daily basis, so they can gain a sense of personal control and begin to tweak their habits.
“Keep in mind, we strive for zero grams of fat,” said Borgman. “The only reason we count calories is just to make sure that we don't have any more than 800 calories at your largest meal.”
For Krista, the biggest hurdle is the daily, two-mile walk at the crack of dawn. The Robinsons are completely unaccustomed to daily workouts.
“Before Wellspring, it was pretty much walking back and forth to the car, before and after school,” said Collin. On the walk, he eagerly led the front of the pack, but Krista could hardly keep up with up the group. Later that day, she had a meltdown with her son.
“The first day we got back to the room and he was , 'why are you crying,' and I was , 'I was last, I knew I was going to be last in the walk,' and I just hated it,” she said.
At Wellspring, eating healthy is just as important as activity. Nutrition and food awareness are step two of the plan. All meals take place in the dining hall, and campers are strictly forbidden to bring any food in or the room.
“The way we set things up in the dining room is that there's a controlled meal that the chefs will prepare on a plate, with certain number of fat and calories,” said Borgman. “And that comes out to the families, and is written on the white board outside in the dining room.”
Every entree is low in fat. A typical lunch is a choice of a veggie burger or a bison sloppy joe (instead of beef), with a side of baked beans.
But not all the campers are sold on it. “She didn't think it was bison 'til about halfway through,” said Heather Joyner, whose daughter Maddie is overweight. “She wasn't too happy after that, but she ate the rest of it.”
Collin, whose favorite food is McDonalds, decides to give the veggie burger a try and to his surprise, he d it. “If I had a choice between this and a cheeseburger, I would pick this,” he said. “Because it's healthier and it tastes a little bit better.”
From Cooking Classes to Aerobics
The days are jam-packed with a wide variety of sports and fitness activities for the children. They start easy with fun games lawn tag so the kids can get in their 10,000 steps.
Later, they learn about stretches and squats, and then it's time for family aerobics. The goal is to have them try as many activities as they can, so that one might stick and become ingrained in their routines at home.
“I think it was a lot of fun, and it gave me a really good workout,” said Collin.
But the whirlwind of new activities left Robinson feeling discouraged. She was on the verge of quitting.
“The first day I was just thinking, there's no way you can do all of this at home,” she said. “, I can't. I have to work, I have to get him to school and breakfast and everything else. There's a ton of activity every day, and it's just, it's a lot to take in.”
Borgman works with the parents in therapeutic classes to help them see that change is possible, and says that resistance is common at the start of camp.
“Parents tend to bring guilt probably more than any other emotion,” she said. “And part of what we do is just set that all aside and help parents to see what they can do now, and give them the tools that they need to create a scenario where their child is going to be very successful.”
Attitude Changes After the First Week
Eating healthy is important, but learning to cook healthy is even more so at Wellspring. The kids learn in fun cooking classes how to prepare healthy meals on their own.
The children learn to make oatmeal bake and zucchini sticks, and are introduced to healthy ingredient substitutions egg whites in place of whole eggs, and Splenda and apple sauce in place of sugar.
Of course, the parents get a lesson too. Instead of deep fat fried chicken fingers, the parents learn how to make cutlets dipped in egg whites and bread crumbs, and baked in the oven for a healthy snack.
“I think today, I'm way more realistic than I thought yesterday,” said Robinson at the program's halfway point. “Yesterday I was, , no way and today it's , I'm starting to see how we can incorporate different things.”
After a lunch of baked chicken fingers and sweet potato fries, the families took a field trip to the grocery store. Their assignment was to find low-fat alternatives for the foods they're going to miss most.
The Robinsons were on a mission to find low-fat beef so they can enjoy hamburgers at home. “We found one substitute,” said Collin. “It is Laura's lean beef, 140 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 24 grams of protein.”
Next, they're on the hunt for a healthy dessert and they successfully find non-fat brownies. The other families are shopping in a new way, too. “I think we've been living in that little vacuum,” said Heather Joyner, “and it's pretty eye-opening to come out and see.”
By midweek, Robinson has a turnaround. She's more positive. She and Collin try a challenging yoga session together, and overall, she's gained confidence that she can actually make these changes at home.
“It was a hard day for me, Monday,” she said. “And I thought, 'God, what am I doing here? What am I thinking? It's too hard, I can't do it.' Today, I feel , I think we could go home and do it.”
Throughout the week, Collin and the other kids try out even tougher sports as they start to build their endurance.
There's canoeing on the lake, swimming at the marina, and hiking in the hills.
Krista continues making progress. She joins in for family aerobics class, and a kickball game as well.
Soon enough, it was time for the one-week weigh-in. “If he loses two or three pounds, I will be really excited,” she said, “even if the scale is the same, we have changed as people, already … and I imagine it'll be even more by the time we leave here.”
Krista Robinson was up first, dropping from 334 to 324 pounds. “I would say 10 pounds is something to be very excited about,” said Borgman.
Robinson was stunned. “I can't believe it,” she said. “It's kind of amazing, isn't it?”
As for Colin, he lost 11 and a quarter pounds, dropping down to just under 238, which made his mother ecstatic. “Are you happy?” she asks Collin. “That is so awesome. Did you think you could do that?”
He answers with a smile.
Final Weigh-in Brings Wave of Emotion
Pumped up by their success, the Robinsons start week two with the growing realization that they can do this. Krista used to begin her walk 30 minutes before the rest of the group, but that has all changed.
“Since Saturday of last week I've just been walking with the rest of the group, and I'm toward the back most of the time, but it's much better,” she said.
At the final weigh-in, a week later, they lose even more weight. Collin loses five more pounds, and Krista loses another six. The overall weight loss is dramatic – both are down 16 pounds each in just two weeks.
The Robinsons are elated. The entire experience has been a bonding experience for new, close friends, and saying goodbye is hard.
“My concern is we walk through the door of our house… and do we fall back into the same routine?” said Krista, questioning their continued commitment. “And that's what we need to nip in the bud. That's going to be the hardest part, maybe that first couple weeks at home.”
“Nightline” sent them home with a camera to document their journey. The first step was getting rid of all the unhealthy food in their kitchen.
Both Krista and Collin said tossing out the junk food was unexpectedly liberating, and made them feel in control. They re-stocked their cabinets with low-fat options they learned about at camp, and kept up with daily exercise.
Five weeks after camp, “Nightline” caught up with the Robinsons to check in on their progress. Their changes were staggering. Collin had lost 27 pounds total. “I feel I can do more now.
There's not as much holding me back from what I wanna do …
I can just go out there and play basketball for an hour, but also, I can go out there, meet, , a group of people and play basketball with them and not feel embarrassed.”
Krista had lost almost 33 pounds. “It's incredible,” she said. “I'm really inspired by Collin, but we get out and we walk every morning, or most mornings. We have very low-fat foods for the most part. I think probably four days since we've been home, we went over 20 grams of fat a day. Some days we only eat about 1,000 calories.”
“She's had a lot more energy since we came back from the camp,” Collin says about his mother. “And she wants to get out and do more.”
Collin revealed that having an overweight mom used to worry him deeply. “I was worried she wasn't going to make it until she could lose the weight, but I tried not to think about that,” he said.
All those dire health fears are gone now; instead, there's a newfound sense of confidence, and an even bigger sense of pride.
“I am very proud of her for losing all that weight,” said Collin. “I'm also pretty proud of myself.”
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