One printer’s story about losing weight and beating type 2 diabetes

June 3, 2014 · 0 comments

Hi everyone, over the last two weeks, I shared my plan on how I was going to lose “10 pounds in 10 days.” As I blogged my daily progress each day, I often received feedback and encouragement from many of you. Many of the letters I received told stories about how others were also struggling with their weight and health.

There was one story in particular I found very enlightening and especially thought-provoking. It came from Brad G. Hoffman of Pro Print in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Brad shared his own story of weight loss, and with his permission, I’m now passing it along to all of you.

Here’s Brad’s inspiring story of weight loss and health regained:

Hi Mike,

I’ve been following your weight-loss journey and thought I’d share my story with you.

I’m by no means a heavy person: 6’6″ and at my heaviest I was 265 lbs. Being a typical male in my 40s, I’ve never been a person who would visit the doctor on a regular basis. But I thought it was time to start getting regular checks on my prostate and other rather uncomfortable examinations. So last July, I had my first visit to a doctor in over five years. I was pleased to find that overall I was in good physical condition with the exception that my blood sugar level was high. In fact, twice the accepted level and therefore making me a type 2 diabetic.

My doctor gave me a firm but fair set of option. I could lose weight and see how my blood sugar reacted, or he could prescribe a medication that I would have to take for the rest of my life. Those were the options, and he warned me that 95% of those who tried to alter their lifestyle with exercise and diet ultimately failed and would wind up on medication.

So with the doctor’s message in my mind, I went to work on reshaping my body and ultimately changing my lifestyle. From July 16 on, I would go to the gym six out of seven days (no weights, only cardio). I would give up my daily bottle of Coke and a bag of chips or chocolate bar. I would bring my lunch to work (something I never did in the past), and my supper would change from beef and pasta to steamed fish and vegetables. I did this consistently, day in and day out for 3 months, leading up to my next appointment with my doctor. At his office, the results spoke for themselves. My weight was down to 217 lbs, and my blood sugar had leveled to a point where I was no longer a type 2 diabetic.

I had lost close to 50 lbs in three months, and I didn’t find it that hard. Sure, it was difficult at times, but our bodies are not designed to require all the calories we keep feeding them. Once we change our diet and, more importantly, our eating habits, our bodies will adjust just fine.

Anyway, I commend you on your 10-day journey to lose 10 lbs and have no doubt that you will achieve your goal! I also applaud you for making your journey public to the printing community. As small business owners, we tend to spend a great deal of energy building our businesses and not enough of that energy on our own health.

Best of luck Mike!

Brad G. Hoffmann

Isn’t that a great real-life success story? If you’d like to contact Brad or email him a “pat on the back,” you can contact him at or

Thank you, Brad. You have motivated us all to try a little harder, eat a little healthier, and discipline ourselves to do the aerobic exercise needed to improve the quality of our lives. Thank you!

My name is Mike Stevens and I am a printer.

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