Blazing a New Trail to Fitness
At 300 pounds, with high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, Dale Juedes was given a bleak warning by his doctor: “If you don’t start doing something now, you won’t live to see your 45th birthday.” It was the wake-up call he needed to put his old habits behind, and start the challenging journey to a healthier lifestyle.
“Coming off a diet where I ate over a pound of bacon per day and ate fast food over 15 times per week was beyond difficult, so I started out slowly,” said Dale. He began by making better food choices, and then moved on to beginning an exercise program. At first, it was a simple walk around the block. Soon he was walking a mile per day, and he began to feel more awake, alert and energetic.
“One day I decided to clean my garage and saw a bike hanging from the rafters. I had simply forgotten I even had a bike. I pulled it down, dusted it off, filled the tires. That’s when my life really started to change,” said Dale.
The more he pedaled, the faster the weight rolled off. “My bike became my heroine. Soon I no longer needed the pills that once kept me alive.” After eight months of better eating, walking and biking, Dale no longer had Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure. His weight is now a number he can be proud of.
In his process of searching for healthier food choices, Dale found Smart Cow Yogurt Bar. “I can’t give in to the cravings I still get to this day,” he said. “Smart Cow has now become one of the largest contributors to my personal success. The nonfat, no-sugar-added yogurt, plus fresh fruit make me feel good about eating it because I know it’s the right choice. On days that I’m not biking, or even days when I get that itch to give in to the fast-food temptation, I rush to Smart Cow and create my own non-guilty treat.”
This journey has led to another great adventure for Dale. He developed a mountain biking team, Trail Vipers, to keep the motivation going. Men, women and youth form a team that rides and competes together throughout Wisconsin. Dale invited Smart Cow Yogurt Bar to be part of this journey as an honorary sponsor. “Smart Cow has a mission of being part of something good,” he says, referring to the company’s commitment to regularly support neighborhood schools. “Through frequent visits for yogurt, and being part of their better good, I invited them to be a part of my journey as a thank you for introducing a healthy choice into my diet, and now into my everyday life.”
To learn more about Trail Vipers, click here. To see Dale’s story as published by the Green Bay Press Gazette on May 1, 2013, click here: