Category Archives: ‘Laudable losers’

How John McGauley slimmed down

John McGauley is best known for running for office and running other people’s political campaigns. Over the last couple of years the Allen County Recorder has taken up running for his health, and it’s a slimmer McGauley who’s now running … Continue reading

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What a difference a year makes

As we gear up for this year’s Wells Weighs In contest, we’re kicking one person off the team: Cassie simply doesn’t have any weight left to lose. At her physical last week, Dr. Rusk noted that Cass weighed in 11.5 … Continue reading

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How Ragu lost 105 pounds (and counting)

When our old pal Ragu got breast cancer a couple of years ago, she figured that the “bright side” of that scary situation was that her excess weight would “just melt off” during treatment. That’s not what happened, though. She … Continue reading

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Rising above the dietary language gap

Seated amid aunts at the recent Isch Christmas, I was feeling a bit like an interpreter — and not just because of the state dinner-like table arrangement.* The topic was dietary monitoring code. To my right, Aunt Imogene was of … Continue reading

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Fort Wayne City Councilwoman Karen Goldner’s diet strategy

Karen Goldner is wearing her skinny jeans now, in the final days of her re-election campaign for Fort Wayne City Council’s 2nd district. She’s dropped at least 20 pounds, according to her Facebook updates, where she claims it’s due to … Continue reading

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Another ‘Laudable Loser’: Librarian Sharon Moriarity

Sharon Moriarity is a familiar sight behind the circuation desk at the Wells County Public Library. But these days, there’s a lot less of her to see. When I ran into her at Weight Watchers last week, she said she’s … Continue reading

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Interview: Weight-loss master* turned hula hoop guru

Five years ago Linda Tobey Duesler was 58 years old, 264 pounds and suffering so badly from arthritis she was walking with a cane. Now more than 110 pounds lighter, she’s teaching Fort Wayne to hula hoop for fun and … Continue reading

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Laudable loser interview: Health scare trumps night-shift munchies

“You’ve got to interview this guy I work with,” my sister told me recently. According to Traci, Ralph Reinhart started work as a respiratory therapist at Bluffton Regional Medical Center about the same time she did, in the early 1990s. … Continue reading

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A ‘laudable loser’: Marsha’s story

Think you’ve got so much weight to lose, you don’t know where to begin? That’s how Marsha has felt ever since she struggled with being an overweight child. When she signed up for the Wells Weighs In competition in January, … Continue reading

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1 year later, 184 pounds lighter

They don’t make anniversary cards for people celebrating a year’s worth of weight loss, but if they did, I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Tim, a family friend and former college athlete who’s shed 184 pounds since last … Continue reading

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