Meltdown on fire; loss of a ton now appears too little

A third of the way through its 12-week run, those participating in Thrive Allen County’s Meltdown have an accumulative loss of 1,150 pounds.
Thrive’s goal is for the 380 people enrolled to lose a ton. That’s 2,000 pounds. With eight weeks to go reaching the goal seems next to assured, although weight loss usually is front loaded. Enthusiasm is greatest at the start of a diet and the sudden deprivation of calories re-sults in quick weight loss.
The measure of a diet’s success comes after two, three or four weeks, when weight loss falls into a rhythm, sometimes even has a static period, and the lure of anything bathed in chocolate or slathered with melted cheese become exceedingly difficult to ignore.
Sunny Shreve, architect of Thrive’s weight-loss campaign, said she was delighted with overall results and the many success stories — including her own; she’s lost 10 pounds — that have found their ways to her office.
She has a thought that those enrolled should find appealing, as a way to show their gratitude for having shed weight and having made inroads to more healthy life-styles. She proposed a good way to accentuate the program would be for all who follow through for the duration to contribute to the Community Food Pantry food equal in weight to what they lose.
That would be an impressive sight, hundreds of pounds of food in the aggregate, and also would give each successful dieter an even greater sense of accomplishment.
The food pantry, operated by the Iola Area Ministerial Association, provides nutritious and well-rounded allotments of food to needy folks throughout Allen County. Today’s economic environment gives em-phasis to the pantry and there never is a time when it has too much on hand.

WEIGHT LOSS is one sure way a person can improve his or her daily life, as well as longevity. Others that require only self discipline are minimal alcohol intake and a personal ban of tobacco.
Medical researchers have found that Demon Rum isn’t all that evil a fellow in a moderate approach. Too much, as with many things, is not recommended, though.
Tobacco is another story. Abstinence is the better approach for all forms. Tobacco without doubt leads to many diseases, and shorter, un-happy lives.
Thrive’s next project to improve community health should be a smoke-out.

— Bob Johnson