8:30 p.m., May 1)
Biggest Loser program a life changing experience
By Fred Sherwin
Yves Hubert signed up for the 180-Degrees Fitness Centre's
Biggest Loser program, his health kept him from being
the husband and father he always wanted to be.
later and 52 lbs lighter, he's on a completely different
been ill for the last three years with a small vessel
disorder that causes a series of mini-strokes, so I knew
I had to get healthy and get fitter," says Hubert
who's suffered 15 mini-strokes over the past three years.
been many times when I've woken my wife up at two in the
morning and told her I love her because I didn't know
if I was going to be alive in the morning."
Loser 11 winner Yves Hubert (left) stands
beside his cousin and Biggest loser 10 winner
Guy Brunet. The image on the left is Hubert's
before picture. Photo supplied
health issues were exascerbated by his job as salesman
which has him constantly on the road where typically he
meets with clients over lunch at a restaurants.
tipping point was the death of a close friend last September.
were both the same age. Our kids are the same age. I didn't
want my kids to be left without a father because I end
up having a stroke. (His death) was a definite wake up
call," says Hubert.
he needed to change his eating habits and start exercising
if he wanted to get healthier, Hubert still wasn't sure
where to start. Fortunately, he didn't have to look very
hard to find an answer. His cousin, Guy Brunet, took part
in Biggest Loser 10 in the fall and lost 64 lbs.
program already worked for him and he just told me that
I couldn't go wrong. It's lot of hardwork and it was the
toughest thing he's ever done, but it totally changed
his life," says Brunet who started his Buggest Loser
journey in January, along with 23 other participants.
12-week program combines group workouts, with nutritional
advice and personal coaching, including how to shop for
groceries and order at restaurants, uder the direction
and guidance of 180-Degree
Fitness owner and personal trainer Adrian Delorey.
retraining yourself how to eat and what with the tools
Adrian gives you, combined with the workouts with constant
support," explains Brunet. "The best of the
program is being able to do it as part of a group with
people who hsve shared the same struggles as you and are
all dealing with the same challenges."
Hubert completed the program, most of his previous symptoms
have disappeared and he has a lot more energy. He's also
had to buy new pants.
I went from a 42-inch waist to 34-inch waist so I none
of my old pants fit anymore," says Hubert, who should
have no problem keeping the weight off after winning a
one-year membership to the fitness centre for being the
biggest loser among the biggest losers.
for whether or not he would recommend the Biggest Loser
program to others desperately in need of a lifestyle change,
Hubert dudn't hold back in offering an immediate endorsement.
you want to lose weight and become healthier, Biggest
Loser is definitely you best bet, but if you're going
to do it, you have to want to do it. You have to be committed,"
says Hubert. "And if I can do it then anybody can
of Hubert's problem was his job. As a salesman,he's on
the road throught the week.
I'm not healthy I'm not here for my kids. I'm not here
for my family."
I can do this anybody can do it. But to do it you have
to be ready to do it."
stores closure will put two full-time and six part-time
employees out of work. Some of them will be offered jobs
at the St. Alberts flagship store, in St. Albert.
Et Cetera gained notoriety in 2010 when the city ordered
the store to take down the lifesize plastic cow that adorns
its roof, or face a hefty fine.
the stores owners respectfully declined, it touched
off a petition campaign that gathered over 9,000 signatures
and persuaded the city to undertake a review of the citys
permanent sign bylaw.
the end, the city granted Cheddar Et Cetera a four-year
waiver and eventually allowed them to keep the cow permanently.
was last July. At the time nobody thought permanently
would only last 10 months.
Leury has managed the store since it first opened in 2006,
and he started the petition to keep the cow on the roof,
and although he cant comment on the reasons behind
the stores closing, he did want to thank the many
customers and especially the regulars who kept coming
had a lot of loyal customers and we had some interesting
times. Im definitely going to have fond memories
of this place, said Leury.
of the stores biggest supporters was Orléans
Ward Coun. Bob Monette, who was also a regular customer.
a real shame. The store had become a trademark in the
community and a link to our agriculture roots, Monette
said in commenting on the announced closure. The
staff was always very friendly and welcoming. Its
going to be a huge loss for Orléans."
will have chance to shop at Cheddar Et Cetera this Saturday.
As for the cow, it will be given a new home in St. Albert.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
www.orleansonline.ca's main page