Feb 2, 2010

John B. -February's Member of the Month

John Bigos is our February, 2010 Skinny Gene Member of the Month!

John is a true inspiration to our Skinny Gene Family.


John, like many of our other Skinny Gene Members, wanted to lose weight. His motivation is simple; he loves his wife Becky.

John made the choice to show one of the greatest expressions of love. He loved himself, and improved his health, so that he could truly love her.

His health is not a gift the he will give to her, one day a year, but rather one she will receive for the rest of their lives.

Their love story will continue as they travel to different countries, but now he'll have the energy to keep up. Together living and experiencing life, hand in hand, stride by stride.

Congratulations John on all of your success!!! We couldn't be more proud of you!

Enjoy your upcoming cruise, we can't wait to hear all about it.

-Your Skinny Gene Project Family


Nov 23, 2009 -Feb 1, 2010

-Instead of gaining weight during the holiday season (like many of us do), John has actaully managed to lose 17 pounds in approximately 9 short weeks!

-Conscious food choices: John is aware of the quality and type of food he is eating and makes better selections.

-John can successfully control craving by finding healthier substitutes.

-He incorporates exercise into his workday by walking to the different aircraft hangers.


I had ignored my weight for twenty years. It steadily went up, sometimes it dropped, but always increased overall, and I just simply wasn't concerned about it. Our thirtieth wedding anniversary arrived, and my wife Becky and I went a on cruise to celebrate. At that time, on that big cruise ship, I suddenly came to the realization that my weight was a problem, and that both my wife and I deserved better.

I needed to see my doctor for a prescription, and during the interview he asked me what I was going to do about my weight. This was true serendipity, and he got me involved in the Skinny Gene program.

In October 2009 I kept a seven day log of my food intake and sent it to the dietician. We had a very informative phone call where she identified problems with what I was consuming.

On 23 November 2009, I started a kick off-diet that was proposed for me by the dietician. I adhered to it as much as I could, but I did make alterations and substitutions where necessary. To me, the diet seemed very generous and varied. That diet had me lose 2 lbs that first week.

I also used booklets and the internet to keep track of calories consumed. Thanks to the dietician's counseling, I began to closely look at every bit of food I was thinking of eating: how many calories, how much fat, how much sodium, etc. I kept a log on my smart phone, and I was astonished at how quickly calories added up. I knew that if I ate that accursed doughnut with coffee in the morning, it meant that much caloric intake would have to be reduced from my dinner that evening.

Other suggestions that the dietician gave me helped alleviate the initial cravings to simply eat something, to eat anything. I began to bring a fruit of some sort with me to work, so that during my break I would devour an apple or raisins or a banana. I would cut the apple or banana into pieces so that it looked like I was eating eight pieces of fruit instead of just one. Sometimes I would get a prepackaged snack, but I chose the snack based on the nutrional read-out on the back of the package, so that I knew what I was consuming. If they were sandwich crackers, I'd break each cracker in half, to make it look like more pieces on the paper plate.

At home I used measuring cups and a food weight scale to see how much I was going to eat. This was a difficult time of the year to lose weight, with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays popping up, and invitations from family and friends. I made myself view the holiday meals in the same light as a meal at any other day, and I kept a close watch on my portions and selections. My family and friends understood.

My two main strategies are keeping track of the numbers, and trying to eat a breakfast, lunch, and a dinner. I find that I don't feel as hungry in the evening this way. Previously I would ignore breakfast, and load up at either lunch or dinner.

By 18 January 2009, my weight loss has already made a difference in my clothing fit and my energy. A real telling moment came when my daughter visited me after an absence of two months and told me I looked like a I lost weight.

My job is deskbound work, staring at two computer screens all day. My third strategy: I have increased that most simple physical activity, walking. I make it a point to visit all of our aircraft hangars at the military air force base where I work, and that's a good thirty minutes of walking. At the suggestion of the dietician I purchased a pedometer, and I intend to walk further and further every day.

Fifteen pound weight loss is a small dent, but it's a dent that has made my wife happy. Everyone wants to see me live healthy, and I understand their concern. I thank the dietician and the others involved in really helping me open my eyes to a way to lose weight. Every journey begins with one step, I just finished fifteen of them.

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