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Team Pioneer

May 25, 2010
The Mining Journal

Jon Gilbert of Pioneer Surgical Technology shares his impressions of the Healthy Weight Journal 6: Workplace Challenge:

- Why did you join the program?

I needed another level of accountability and I thought the use of MGH's website for calorie counting, Advantedge's trainers, the public eye as well as teammates, friends co-workers and especially family would help me.

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Jon Gilbert

Age: 49
Cholesterol: 130 (was 163)
Blood pressure: 122/80 (was 155/90)
Blood Sugar: 94 (was 112)
Body Fat: 30.9% (was 35.4)
BMI: 33.3 (was 37.2)
Final Weight: 238.8 pounds
Weight Lost: 27.6 pounds

- Did you reach your goal?

Not yet. :)

- How did you change your eating habits?

Fact Box

Team stats:

Cholesterol: 162 (was 177);

Percent Body Fat: 28.3 (was 32.2); ?

BMI: 30 (was 33); ?

Final weight: 1,080 pounds;

Percent weight loss:?7.15

Smaller portion, more frequently. I remember not being that hungry throughout the entirety of the program.

- What type of exercise routine did you participate in to aid in your weight loss?

I had the benefit of a personal trainer for at least twice a week for three months. Initial focus was on reinforcing core muscle groups for the first half, then strength during the second. I threw in a Saturday morning circuit workout as well, which was as rigorous as the two other days of the week.

- What was the biggest obstacle to overcome?

Just getting started. Gaining initial momentum was difficult because I had to pull away from my highest weight and concede that this was a commitment, and not just for four months.

- What kind of feedback have you received from the publicity of being a participant in the program? Who have you influenced to lose weight?

Positive support. Family was the greatest influence on me and my wanting to demonstrate to my children that if you put your mind to it, that if you truly get it in your head that you want to start, complete or do something, that it is possible. My wife and children have been very supportive.

I have seen a few individuals around me who look like they have thinned down; my teammates especially. However, I do look forward to the day when someone approaches me and says that my story helped them too.

- What are your plans to stay on track and continue this new healthy

lifestyle in the future?

I am still working out and managing portions. I want to drop another 15 pounds.

- Would you recommend this program to other people? Why?

Yes. The alternative of postponing or doing nothing makes no sense to me now. People who need some extra help will find it through this opportunity.

Dan Nelson of Pioneer Surgical Technology had these comments about the Healthy Weight Journal 6: Workplace Challenge:Dan Nelson

- Why did you join the program?

I joined the program because I have dealt with trying to get back into shape and exercise regularly but have not been able to maintain any consistency. So, when I saw this program listed in the Mining Journal and then it came up in a conversation with Jon, my fellow team leader, I decided to go for it.

- Did you reach your goal?

Yes, I did reach my goal of getting to 210 pounds, however, it was down to the wire and did not accomplish this until that last weigh-in.

- How did you change your eating habits?

My eating habits did change as it dealt with proportional eating. I still enjoy ice cream, pizza and all the other foods that can weigh you down but now I am aware of my portions, and that if I eat more than I should it will make my exercise routine more difficult the next day.

- What type of exercise routine did you participate in to aid in your weight loss?

I worked out five days a week for one hour each day. These workouts included two days with a trainer from Advantedge, two days going to the Advantedge core circuit training classes and one day on my own. Then on the weekends I would spend time doing something with my kids that involved exercise (Wii, skiing, snowshoeing, etc.).

- What was the biggest obstacle to overcome?

The biggest obstacle to overcome for me was the portion control when it came to eating. This is still the hardest thing to do. I have an addictive personality so I tend to each the whole box of cookies instead of a few or drink the whole bottle of pop instead of stopping with one 8 oz glass. Now I understand more of what it does to me when I indulge in these habits so I have more strength to resist.

- What kind of feedback have you received from the publicity of being a participant in the program? Who have you influenced to lose weight?

Many people have come up and encouraged me after seeing the weight go off and also after seeing the results in the paper. Through this program my dad has started to exercise by walking every day and has lost weight doing so. Co-workers have expressed the need to exercise more regularly and some have started to do this. I think overall it has benefited many people and it is encouraging to see the results of their efforts as well.?

- What are your plans to stay on track and continue this new healthy lifestyle in the future?

The biggest thing that will help me through the next phase is to have accountability from others on the team. It has been good to be a part of the Pioneer team on this challenge. I have joined a work out facility along with Jon, our other team leader. Together we have been focusing on getting over to the gym during our lunch hour. My kids also have reminded me to not eat so much. Also, just by weighing myself on a regular basis I know if I am going in the right direction.?

- Would you recommend this program to other people? Why?

Throughout the last four months of this program I have been promoting it and will continue to do so. This was a great opportunity for me. It jump started my goal to be more physically fit this year. I would encourage everyone to join this program if given the opportunity.

 
 

 

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