ERNIE MEISNER: BEATING DIABETES 2 AND THE SCALE WITH GENOVIVE
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Starting Weight: 260
Current Weight: 200
Program: Fat and Carbohydrate Optimized (OFCC)
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Ernie Meisner, a retired New Orleans police officer, didn’t want to believe it last spring when the doctors told him he had contracted Type 2 diabetes and prescribed four medications to control his blood sugar. But the numbers didn’t lie, including the numbers he saw on the scale. They told Ernie he was facing an important personal challenge that would involve losing a lot of weight, as well making as big changes in his lifestyle. “I was at the point where I had to take a break to catch my breath after tying one shoe,” Ernie said. “I was out of air.”
Ernie’s 60-pound weight gain began after suffering injuries from a severe motorcycle accident that limited his mobility. His eating habits didn’t help, either. “Eating became an almost all day thing,” Ernie confesses. Now, the days of gasping for breath are behind Ernie. His diabetic condition is under control, and he is taking fewer medications at lower doses. “I walk every day for 45 to 60 minutes,” he says, noting with pride that he keeps his pace at 17 minutes/mile or faster.
The dramatic positive change in Ernie’s life has come since he began GenoVive. Not surprisingly, Ernie’s adjustment away from the high fat/high carb/high calorie New Orleans food has taken some work, but he says it’s been worth the effort. “GenoVive has pretty much changed the way I eat and the way I think about eating. GenoVive has educated me. The first thing I do when I go into the grocery store is read the labels and check out the protein and the carbs, both the good carbs and the bad carbs.”
Ernie says his experience on a recent vacation has convinced him that the changes he has made with GenoVive will last. “I didn’t take my GenoVive meals with me on vacation in July,” he said. I watched what I ate. I got out and did my walking each day. And even though I had a cocktail and a beer or two each day, I came back from vacation a pound or two lighter than when I left.”
This is a customer's personal experience of the health and wellness effects he received as a result of losing weight with GenoVive. Each invididual's actual experience and results may vary. The GenoVive Weight Management Program is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease.