The fab five

| February 28, 2007

“I feel like for the first time in my life I’ve taken control of my life,” she says. “This job no longer controls me. I stop to eat. I exercise no matter what. I’m a new person.”

She has her “before” picture taped to her dashboard. “I’m going to keep on losing in a healthy, steady way,” she says. “You will be proud you picked me for this program.”

Everyone has made progress, and all the participants say they feel better, have more energy and are motivated to do better. The biggest gain has been on the health front, where blood pressures have dropped, sugar levels are down and energy levels are high. It’s a great beginning!

You can follow the five participants and read updates on their blogs at this site

Name: Nancy Younger
Company: WRY Enterprises
Location: Kathleen, Fla.
Age: 42
Height: 5’7″
Weight: 292 pounds
Goal: Lose 165 pounds

So far she’s lost 22 pounds!

Nancy has been driving for 10 years. She wants to lose weight and become healthier for both herself and her husband Bill Younger, who is also a truck driver.

Highlight from her application: “I promise, if you choose me, no one will try harder at being a success than I will!”

Food Diary: She was averaging about 3,000 calories per day, with twice the recommended sodium and fat and about four times the saturated fat in her diet.

Health: Her blood sugar was dangerously high.

Diet: A food plan of about 2,000 calories per day includes three meals a day with a mid-morning and late-afternoon snack.

Fitness: Vigorous walks 60 minutes a day, six days a week.

Progress: “Nancy’s an absolute inspiration!” says dietician Pam Whitfield. “She’s very motivated and eager to share her story. She’s even developed recipes to add low-calorie/high-fiber snacks into her diet. She really didn’t want to give up her favorite food, a 19-oz. steak. But she’s now down to about 8 oz. of lean meat and says she doesn’t feel deprived.”

Tip from Nancy: “Make yourself get out of the truck and walk!”

Name: Albert Morales
Company: Marten Transport
Location: Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Age: 49
Height: 5’7″
Weight: 261 pounds
Goal: Lose 100 pounds
So far he’s lost 12 pounds!

Albert has been a truck driver for 25 years. He wants to lose 100 pounds and says his motivation is his wife Gigi and their four daughters.

Application highlight: “I don’t want to put them through the pain and suffering of losing me like I lost my dad, mom, brother and sister. Please help me take control of my health so I can stay healthy enough to continue driving and providing for my family.”

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