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GameChangers: Dennis Erdly wants to be there for family (with video)

6:45 PM, Feb. 10, 2014  |  Comments
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As Prevea Health's Change Your Game Challenge enters its final weeks, Gannett Wisconsin Media is featuring the expe­riences of the six partici­pants from across North­eastern Wisconsin.

» GameChanger: Dennis Erdly

» Age: 37

» Lives in: Plymouth

» What did you think when you were picked as a GameChanger in the fall?

When I was picked to be a GameChanger, it was overwhelming. I was excit­ed and nervous. I have al­ways wanted to lose weight and get on track for a healthy lifestyle by being in control of my own weight, and this was just the boost that I needed to start me on the right path. I knew that I had to be successful not only for myself, but for my family as well as the public that would be watching me through the process. The drive to succeed was my only option.

» What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome during your participation with the challenge?

I hit a lot of plateaus and needed to stick with it and work through them. Some weeks I lost a lot of weight, some weeks I stayed the same and sometimes I gained. For me that has been tough, but I have learned to keep at it.

» What was the moment in the past six months you are most proud of?

I am most proud of hav­ing lost almost 50 pounds. I am very proud of being almost halfway to my goal of losing 100 pounds by Sept. 7, which is the date I am signed up to do the Tough Mudder in Elkhart Lake. I am setting goals and moving forward.

» Biggest way your life is different now than last summer?

I feel much healthier and am eating better and am more active, which gives me more energy. I can bet­ter keep up with my kids, and I have accomplished more than I ever thought I could! My attitude and self­confidence have also im­proved. People tell me that they see me hold my head higher and walk with an extra spring in my step, because I now have control of my life.

» What would you tell someone thinking about making a change similar to the one you made?

You need to start by tell­ing yourself "you are worth it!" You deserve to feel good both inside and out. I would tell them to reach for their goals and make the right choices to lead and live a life of health and personal success. With where I am at now, I look back and think about what I have cost my­self and those who love me most - I did what I wanted, not realizing how those decisions affected those around me. I do not want my kids to be overweight; I want them to be happy and healthy. By taking control of my own life I will show my children how to win and be as successful as they can be in their lives. This chal­lenge was just the wake-up call that I needed!

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
576 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1017 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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