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350 pounds later, local Prism group goes independent

Carol Lenhard of Grass Valley, left, and Diann Lane of Lake Wildwood show off pants that are way too big after losing a collective 150 pounds. The pair is organizing Fastrack Nutrition and Lifestyle, a new program that will start in September and meet at Peace Lutheran Church, Grass Valley.

Western Nevada County residents Diann Lane and Carol Lenhard each held up a pair of old pants in front of their now-much-smaller hips and grinned with satisfaction.

They are among a dozen western Nevada County women who have lost 350 pounds since joining a Prism Weight Loss Program group that Lane and Lenhard started in January, Lane said.

“Prism’s really the thing that’s helped me keep it off,” said Lane, a Lake Wildwood resident who has dropped from size 2X to 14.

Now, the “co-losers” are inviting men and women to start a new group in September. They will continue as Fastrack Nutrition and Lifestyle after the founder of Prism, based in Visalia, Calif., unexpectedly shut down her nationally acclaimed business this spring.

A Fastrack orientation will start at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Phase one will continue for 12 weeks through Nov. 27; at least three additional phases are planned and are optional, Lane said. Materials for the first phase cost $65.

Fastrack stands for the guiding principles of faith, accountability, support, transformation, responsibility, action, celebration and knowledge, Lane added.

“This Christian-based program was created to be the last weight loss program you will ever join,” the two wrote.

Lane lost 110 pounds over two years through following the principles used in Fastrack — one-third of that in the past six months, she said. Lenhard, of Grass Valley, lost 40 pounds by working the system since September, she said. They don’t want to stop.

“Your life can be transformed through prayer, attitudes about food and group support,” Lane and Lenhard wrote. Daily Bible readings and food journaling, weekly meetings, accountability with partners, inspirational speakers and videos and common-sense food guidelines support that change.

No one weighs themselves until at least six weeks into the program, Lane said.

And no one ever is required to weigh themselves at all nor to reveal their weight, Lenhard added.

Participants also learn to avoid foods and ingredients that can trigger cravings, including refined sugar and flour and any processed or packaged foods. Instead, participants learn to make meals using whole grains, lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Motivation to follow the program came recently from Clyde Lehman, a former Nevada Union High School coach. He spoke to the group at Peace Lutheran and encouraged participants to walk at least 20 minutes daily, adding five minutes each week.

“Program your mind” to get over fear and achieve your goals, Lehman advised.

For information about Fastrack Nutrition and Lifestyle, write to fastrackplan@gmail.com or call 530-755-5550.

Grass Valley resident and freelance writer Trina Kleist can be reached at tkleistwrites@gmail.com or 530-575-6132.

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