WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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fitness & health "focus on [both] movement and health" It's definitely not easy, but one thing is for certain, says Blondek: "It's 100 percent mental." She health, instead of just going on a diet. That adds that to lose weight you "need to make an inner commitment to yourself. You have to puts you in a different frame of mind." She change how you think about food and exercise." adds that when she started talking about the That's exactly what Seeker, a Wellesley resident, did when she realized it was time to lose scale and pounds it just seemed daunting. weight. Seeker has lost 57 pounds since she started at Wellesley Get In Shape for Women When she first began working out, she (GISFW) about two years ago. However, over a 12-week period last spring, as part of the fran- says her trainer, Emily Carusone, said "let's chise's "Biggest Loser" contest, she lost 23 pounds of that weight. not focus on weight. Let's get your body She says she loves competition and that the contest really gave her weight loss a jump start. moving," which was just the right approach Still, the real thing that made a difference for her was having cheerleaders at GISFW and at for her. Terry Sherman, manager of Train home right from the start of her weight loss program. She notes that her husband, Ed, also lost Boston Sports Center, says it was a "combina- 30 pounds during the 12-week "Biggest Loser" program. tion of a very motivated trainer and a very Another Wellesley resident, Suzanne Fontaine, says joining Train Boston Sports Center in motivated client that made the difference." Wellesley was the "start of my being fabulous." Fontaine, who has lost 47 pounds since starting Fontaine says she has struggled with losing at the fitness club about one year ago, says her advice for people who want to lose a lot of weight weight over the past 15 years and that she has is to "go to a professional to help guide you. And, secondly, to focus on [both] movement and tried many diet programs, even hypnosis. She notes that because of her recent weight loss she has been able to come off her blood pressure medicines. Both Seeker and Fontaine say that it was a combination of diet and exercise that got them in shape. Jeff Dosdall of One2One Bodyscapes in Wellesley agrees and says that sustained weight loss involves permanent lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. "Exercise without diet doesn't work real well," he says. "Walk an hour every day and burn around 300 calories. Eat one Boston Kreme Donut and put all 300 calories back." But not all obese and overweight people We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 can lose weight as successfully as Seeker and Fontaine. Linda Nikolakopoulos, a bariatric dietitian at Newton Wellesley Hospital's Center for Weight Loss Surgery, says many of the patients she sees have tried every diet 150

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