Weight-loss winner sheds 40 pounds in the 61 day challenge

In late October of 2015  Imana 'Mo' Minard  was gearing up for the Detroit Medical Center's 61 Day Challenge.

The Harper-Hutzel Hospital nurse manager knew she had to lose weight.

"After the death of my father I ate my grief," Minard said. "(In) 2013 I thought I gained 50 pounds but it was more like 85 pounds that I gained."

Her weight was up to 352 pounds and her Body Mass Index and blood pressure were both dangerously high.

"Let me fix it," Minard said.  "I have the tools, I know what to do, let me fix it."

"We've got to let food be our medicine to prevent disease, it's either going cause it or prevent it," said Reginald Eadie,  CEO of Harper-Hutzle Hospital.

That's why Eadie started the annual 61 Day Challenge. The rules are no soda, no fried foods, no sweets and more movement.

Eadie, who admits to having trouble saying no to sweets, says don't bring the junk food into your house.

"When you go to the local supermarket what goes into the basket is going into someone's stomach," Eadie. "Because we don't want to waste food."

After 61 days, Mo is proud to say she lost about 40 pounds. Her BMI and blood pressure are improving, and she has improved her relationship with food.

"I started journaling," Minard says, "Putting those feelings to paper ... so I'm aware of what I'm putting in my mouth."

For more information on the 61 Day Challenge, CLICK HERE.


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