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Motherhood motivates Kilkenny toward healthier lifestyle

Colorado Diet helping clarify her path for lasting success

11/19/2013
Regina Kilkenney
AURORA, Colo. – The ‘yo-yo’ effect is a common challenge many experience with weight loss efforts over the long term when the pounds return.
 
“I have lost and gained weight dozens of times,” said Regina Kilkenny. “I knew I needed to make a change, having recently celebrated my birthday and continuing to live a less-than-healthy lifestyle. A friend told me about the Colorado Diet which was just the extra nudge I needed to apply.”
 
Kilkenny was selected to participate in the 16-week pilot Colorado Diet group program through the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. The program applies the principles and practices from a recently published book, STATE of SLIM by James O. Hill, PhD, and Holly R. Wyatt, MD.
 
“I'm embarking on this health journey because of my 13-year-old," Kilkenny said. "I adopted her from China as a single mom when she was just nine months old. She represents the biggest risk -- can I parent alone? Will she be safe, happy, healthy? -- and grandest reward in my life. She inspires me with her courage, confidence, love, poise. I want to spend my life being healthy with her, savoring moments of travel and new adventures.”
 
How the Colorado Diet works
In three phases, the Colorado Diet focuses on how to reignite, rebuild and reinforce the body’s fat-burning engines to develop a Mile-High Metabolism – one that’s keenly responsive to shifts in activity and diet. The Colorado Diet is not just about losing weight, but changing the body to stay in a ‘state of slim’ for good.
 
For Kilkenny, as a busy mom and associate vice chancellor at CU Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus, the extra weight “held me back in terms of reducing my self-confidence, limiting my active play with my daughter throughout her life and serving as an excuse not to fully put myself out there and live!”
 
Focus and support essential
Now seven weeks into the program, Kilkenny already is feeling a sense of accomplishment “a completeness of my mind/body/soul.”
 
She also acknowledged the importance of additional encouragement from others. “I couldn’t do this without the support of my daughter, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and the entire State of Slim support network including those in leadership at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and the Fitness Center team. And, Bistro Elaia even supports me by creating enticing and fulfilling meals that fit with the State of Slim guidelines.”
 
Developing the tools to stay focused is core to the Colorado Diet because work and life demands can sabotage the best of efforts “I’m working extra hard and long hours on special projects, travelling abroad on this program, and still finding time to eat healthy foods and work out daily,” Kilkenny said.
 
As a believer, Kilkenny advocates that others try the Colorado Diet. “Jump in, the water’s fine. Be clear about your 'why,' and be ready to be uncomfortable. Be ready to feel better, look better, live better.”
 
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