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(Updated 8:30 p.m., May 1)
Biggest Loser program a life changing experience

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Before 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.

Six-weeks later and 52 lbs lighter, he's on a completely different path.

"I've 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.

"There's 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."

Biggest 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

Hubert's 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.

The tipping point was the death of a close friend last September.

"We 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.

Realizing 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.

"The 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.

The 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.

"It's 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."

Since 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.

"Yeah, 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.

As 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.

"If 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 do it."









Part of Hubert's problem was his job. As a salesman,he's on the road throught the week.

"If I'm not healthy I'm not here for my kids. I'm not here for my family."


"If I can do this anybody can do it. But to do it you have to be ready to do it."

The store’s closure will put two full-time and six part-time employees out of work. Some of them will be offered jobs at the St. Albert’s flagship store, in St. Albert.

Cheddar 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.

When the store’s 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 city’s permanent sign bylaw.

In the end, the city granted Cheddar Et Cetera a four-year waiver and eventually allowed them to keep the cow permanently.

That was last July. At the time nobody thought “permanently” would only last 10 months.

Jacques 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 can’t comment on the reasons behind the store’s closing, he did want to thank the many customers and especially the regulars who kept coming back.

“We had a lot of loyal customers and we had some interesting times. I’m definitely going to have fond memories of this place,” said Leury.

One of the store’s biggest supporters was Orléans Ward Coun. Bob Monette, who was also a regular customer.

“It’s 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. It’s going to be a huge loss for Orléans."

Customers 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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