HW Battle to shed pounds begins

Three women determined to keep weight off

Andrea Laible, right, lost 38 pounds and 18 inches in the three months she participated in a free study at e-fit, 2829 North Ave. Tara Uhl, shown taking measurements at Laible’s final study weigh-in, is the manager at e-fit and organized the study. There were 150 people who started the study and 80 who finished.

Three Grand Junction women have accepted the reality that losing weight and keeping it off will be a daily fight.

It is a fight they plan on winning.

For the past three months, Andrea Laible, Linda Johnson and Hollie Caudell, all 37,
participated in a free weight loss study at e-fit, 2829 North Ave.

The women were eligible for the study because they were at least 50 pounds overweight and committed to working out 30 minutes three times a week at e-fit, filling out questionnaires and attending weekly information meetings.

The study began Feb. 2 and ended April 30 with a final weigh-in and body-fat measurements.

And for the past three months, Laible, Johnson and Caudell shared their weight loss successes and failures with Daily Sentinel readers.

Little about the previous three months has been easy, they said.

Linda Johnson:

“We have done a lot of things to our bodies to get to the point where we are at,” said

Johnson, who developed an infection that prevented her from completing the final three weeks of the study.

Despite missing those last structured e-fit workouts and nutritional meetings, Johnson went to the final weigh-in. She lost nearly 13 pounds and 10.5 inches off body fat measurements during the study.

She wanted those numbers to be greater, though.

“I guess it would have been easy to give up, but this is my life,” Johnson said after her final weigh-in. “I feel disappointed because I wanted to be here to make me healthy, but my health has kept me from being here.”

She vowed to continue exercising and eating healthy.

“I’m not going to give up,” Johnson said. “I want to be healthy.”

Andrea Laible:

Laible plans to keep going to e-fit even though the study is over.

She lost 38 pounds and 18 inches in three months. She enjoys exercising and has even started running in the evenings in addition to exercising at e-fit.

However, eating healthy will be a daily struggle for her.

“It just seems like your socialization revolves around food,” she said. “Mostly, my mind has not caught up with my body.”

She must consciously think about what foods she buys, eats and prepares for herself and her family.

Hollie Caudel:l

Caudell also feels better now than when she began the e-fit study. She lost 4 pounds and 8 inches.

“I’m really happy with how many inches I lost,” Caudell said. “If I would have known how physically better I feel, I would have paid a fee.”

“I think people should know they aren’t alone,” said Tara Uhl, e-fit manager and organizer of the study. She wanted to see if she could learn more about why people lose weight, why they don’t and how weight loss makes them feel.

Not all of the 150 people who started the study finished. Some gave reasons, some just stopped showing up, Uhl said.

Laible, Johnson and Caudell were three of the final 80 to finish the study.

Health issues may be why some people quit, said Johnson, who had medical issues herself during the last weeks of the study.

She could have quit but didn’t, and she is proud that she lost weight.

Johnson, Caudell and Laible admitted they aren’t healthy enough to stop thinking about exercise and diet.

“I’m going to keep doing it,” Caudell said. “I feel better about myself.”


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