Transformation Nation

Transformation Nation

It’s time, America. We’re on a mission to change the shape of the country, so Dr. Oz, Weight Watchers and Sharecare have joined forces to create Transformation Nation -- the most ambitious weight-loss program ever. Transformation Nation will help you drop those extra pounds and enjoy better health along the way. Join Dr. Oz and a powerful team of health professionals to tackle the seven key steps to weight loss and healthy living. The new, healthier you will look and feel like a million bucks!

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    More than 1.3 million people participated in Dr. Oz's Transformation Nation, but only one person took home the million dollar prize. Watch this video to see the inspiring winner revealed.


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    I build my endurance by doing interval training. I try to do 3 minutes at a good pace followed by 1 minute at a very fast pace. I repeat this throughout my workout. It works on any cardiovascular machine: treadmill, elliptical, bike, rower, etc.

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    First it wasn't just one doctor. It was FIVE. One doctor (general) used the word "obese" and compared me to my father - who just a few months back passed away due to obesity complications. Another doctor (cardiologist) told me I had an enlarged heart and possibilities of future blocked arteries. The third (pulmonologist) told me I not only had exercised induced asthma, but sleep apnea. The fourth (internist) - diverticular disease at the age of 40! And the final one (gynecologist) - Imagine being told you couldn't attempt having your third child because you were too fat! Reality check folks!!! Listen to your doctors and improve your health today!
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    There are many things that keep me motivated to live a healthy life, now that I am finally on this amazing fitness and health journey. I just celebrated my birthday this July, and it was in incredible feeling going into this birthday 70 pounds lighter than my last birthday.

    The Transformation Nation Challenge was the catalyst, but now what keeps me going are all the people who continue to cheer me on and support me in this journey, other people I have met who are working on doing the same thing, people who have made changes in their own lives because they say I have inspired them (that's an amazing feeling), the accountability in my Weight Watchers group which I look forward to weekly, the on scale and off scale victories, to seeing my body do things I never thought possible. I continue to make a wish list of things that I want to accomplish, and for every goal met, I set another one. I joined a gym where the instructors started me out with lots of modifications, and now they are challenging me to accomplish more and more as I get stronger and stronger.

    My father had a stroke on Memorial Day weekend, just 4 days after the Transformation Finale. My mother is also dealing with diabetes and emphysema (due to years of smoking). Being the primary caretaker for them has been one of the hardest things I have been doing lately, and it has also been a primary motivator for me to get healthy and take care of myself, now. I have to remind myself that I am just a few bad choices away from heading down that same road. With heart disease and diabetes in my family, I have to pay attention now to my health and fitness.

    I finally believe, for the first time in my entire life, that I can reach my goal weight (which is 55 more pounds away), and be stronger and fit than I have ever been. As I learn more and more about real nutrition and exercise, the knowledge and wisdom is really becoming a part of my life. I know I have heard so many people who finally "get it,” say, "it's not about a diet, it's about a lifestyle", and I'm finally becoming one of those people. I've learned too much to turn back now. I can have a slip up, but I now fully realize that I am only ONE meal away from getting back on track, and as my body is changing, I can already say that nothing tastes as good as fit feels! 

    I have been kept a blog of this entire journey, and it is amazing to look back at how far I have come, I'm even more excited to see where it all leads (wendyweighsin.com). 

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    With so many Weight Watchers locations participating nationwide and the need to go for an official weigh-in only twice through the course of the program, we hope that you can find a location that suits your needs. If not, we still encourage you to take part in Transformation Nation, but you will not be eligible for the $1 million dollar prize which requires Weight Watchers verified weigh-ins.

     

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    This question is probably the toughest of all the questions that I've answered so far! I normally don't deal well with stress at all; in fact, stress is one of the triggers for my Crohn's disease so I struggle with this all the time. I've tried to use exercise as the way to clear my head, especially when things get really stressful. When I go out to run or ride my bike I take my phone but I don't put on headphones I just use the time to listen to my breathing and the sound of my feet hitting the pavement. It's oddly relaxing and definitely makes me feel so much better when I'm finished.

    Historically when I would be stressed I would eat mindlessly, meaning I'd grab whatever was closest regardless of whether it was healthy or not. I know (now) that the days when I workout I am much more likely to make healthy food choices. It's almost like there is a switch in my brain that refuses to let me make bad choices because it knows how long it'll take to work that off!   

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    Nothing is required for your weigh-ins at Weight Watchers. However, be sure to hold on to the Official Weigh-In Form provided at each of your weigh-ins to log into the Transformation Nation program online and for verification if you are selected as a finalist.
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    For me, if I don't exercise first thing in the morning, I know it won't get done. When I joined the gym, I looked at the schedule and chose 1 class a day that I knew I could commit to. I also found a work out buddy, which keeps us each going, and minimizes the excuses not to go...we keep each other going no matter what.  I also chose a different class each day, so that I wouldn't get bored, and so that I worked different muscles and parts of my body. By 9:45am I am finished with my major workout for the day. I do this Monday through Friday, and I give myself weekends off. (I'll do something active with my family, but will not go to the gym). I think of Fridays as our "last chance workout", as my weigh in with Weight Watchers is every Saturday morning. This weekly schedule helps me stay on target, and it is the first summer in my entire life that I am continuing to exercise and stay on a plan in the summer! 
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    Prizes associated with Dr. Oz’s Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You contest are available only to residents of the United States and D.C. (excluding Maine) who are 18 years of age (or the age of legal majority in that individual’s state of residence) or older as of the start of the program.

    To be eligible for the $1 million prize, users must successfully complete all 7 steps of Dr. Oz’s Transformation Nation: Million Dollar You, including verified weigh-ins at a participating Weight Watchers location. The Weight Watchers verified weigh-ins must demonstrate a 10% or greater weight loss or achievement/maintenance of a healthy BMI between 18.5 and 24.9.

    Please see the Official Rules for further details.

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    The steps for the program do not need to be completed in order. However, official verified weigh-ins can only be completed within certain timeframes. Participants must visit a participating Weight Watchers location for an initial verified weigh-in between 9/26/11 and 2/26/12 and then again for a final verified weigh-in between 4/2/12 and 4/9/12.