by Caitlin H.
January 9, 2023
Name: Laurie Mills
Business: director of quality assurance and compliance at a pharmaceutical company
meal plan:Balance- Diabetes
favourite meal: Turkey Sandwiches with Fruit Cocktail
start date: May 2022
starting weight: 197
lost pounds: 15 pounds
activity level: Walk 2-5 miles four days a week
When I’m feeling down, my go-to trick is: Whatever sweets I eat are sugar free.
My favorite app for tracking weight loss: Fitbit.
Lorrie Mills is a giving person. During the holiday season, he sponsors families to fulfill their wish lists and provide meals.
,[It’s] One of the greatest joys of my life,” Laurie said. “I sponsored two families in 2021, including a single mom. I was able to get them everything they wanted this past year. I have even given a laptop to the single mother.
When his nephew graduates high school in June 2022, he has pledged to pay for his college tuition to help him avoid costly loans.
Laurie said of her many nieces and nephews, “I spoil them and take them under my protection as my own children.” “I didn’t want him to have to pay.”
But in April 2022, Laurie got some troubling news that meant it was time to give back to herself too.
“I had my last physical exam in April, and my doctor was not happy with my blood test results,” Laurie said. “My A1-C level was 8.4, my glucose was elevated, and my cholesterol level was elevated.”
Laurie’s therapist began plugging her numbers into the laptop software.
“I said, ‘Doctor, what are you doing?’, and he said, ‘I’m putting these numbers in my laptop because two years from now, you could have a stroke or a heart attack or die. Maybe,” Laurie said. “He instilled in me the fear of God. That’s when I took him seriously.
Laurie said he went home and found Diet-To-Go on the Internet, ordered his first week’s meals, and found a nutritionist, with whom he now meets monthly.
“When I shared with my nutritionist I was using [Diet-to-Go] … She was very impressed with the food and the amount of protein with each meal,” Laurie said. “She said, ‘Laurie that’s great, you’ve got a great selection here.'”
Laurie’s commitment to the Diet-to-Go program paid off in spades. She lost 15 pounds in three months, and her A1-C level dropped from 8.4 to 6.6.
“when I went to [my doctor’s] office in August, he didn’t even recognize me,” Laurie said. “He said he saw the weight loss on my face.”
Lowry said her favorite thing about the Diet-To-Go program is its convenience and that the meals satisfy her but aren’t uncomfortably full.
“You think you’ve had enough to eat, but that doesn’t weigh you down,” Laurie said. “Not to mention the convenience…you just peel off the plastic and stick it in the microwave.”
He said this is especially helpful when it comes to his work.
“Sometimes I work for a whole day, sometimes a normal 8 hours, sometimes 10-11 hours,” he said. “It’s convenient to know that I can go home and get some rest, and 5 minutes later, dinner is on the table. I don’t have to worry about cooking for 45 minutes.
Laurie said that keeping up with the program has never been a challenge for her.
“People say, ‘Well you’re eating all this diet; don’t you crave a bacon cheeseburger?’,” he said. “I say, ‘Of course I do.’ And I do that every once in a while.” I do. But I take my diet-to-go meals with me. Everyone knows how serious I am.
He also said that the cost is comparable to what is spent each week on takeout and restaurant meals.
“I used to spend that much money eating out,” he said. “I pay $150 a week, I get 10 meals. That’s about $15 a meal. That’s more than you’ll spend eating out four or five times a week. Price isn’t a factor for me. I know That’s what I have to do to stay healthy and fit.”
Laurie also started exercising, going for long walks at least four times a week.
“I used to use the excuse, ‘I don’t have time,’ but it only takes 20 minutes,” Laurie said. “I think most people can sacrifice 20 minutes a day if it means staying healthy.”
Laurie believes it is important to share her story and spread the message of how easy it is to be healthy to friends, family and her community.
“It is important to share the message with each other to stay healthy and fit as much as possible,” he added. “We have to keep encouraging each other [and] Be partners of one another when it comes to these things.”
Laurie’s success has also inspired her spirit of giving. He champions Diet-to-Go by sharing it with friends facing medical issues.
“A friend struggles with her A1-C levels as well,” Laurie said. “I said, ‘You can’t put a price on being healthy.’ I told him to start working today. I planted that seed because I’m just impressed with how it turned out for me. I’m just happy.”
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Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go Community Manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about connecting with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes that moderation is key, and that people will have the most weight loss success when they engage in common sense healthy eating and fitness.