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Shedding Pounds Isn’t a Full Solution

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America once watched the Biggest Loser contestant Danny Cahill step on the show’s infamous scale for his final weigh in. The dramatic outcome in weight-loss proved only to be one of his many successes from the show.

Upon his first day at the Biggest Loser Ranch, Danny weighed an astounding 431 pounds. Desperate to turn his life around, he applied to the show on three separate occasions; “My family means the world to me and they are the reason I started this journey. They’re the reason I filled out the application for season 6 and 7 and 8.” So when the scale read 191 lbs. last night and host Alison Sweeney announced his 55.58% weight-loss, his accomplishment was clear. Yet, his remarkable transformation was not limited to just his size. From alternate eating habits to an exercise regimen to a new outlook on life, it has proven to have changed his entire lifestyle:

Among Cahill’s friends and family in the audience were his wife, Darci, 39, his son David, 10, and his daughter Mary Claire, 8. When Cahill got on the scale, “I was taking it all in and I couldn’t focus on where my family was,” he said. “When I finally saw them, I mouthed, ‘I love you’ to them and my daughter mouthed it back and I wanted to cry. I wanted to run off the scale and hug them! My family means the world to me and they are the reason I started this journey. They’re the reason I filled out the application for season 6 and 7 and 8.”

Cahill’s wife Darci told PEOPLE, “I knew he had it in him. He’s every bit of the man have seen on the show. He has been so diligent at home and the hard work has paid off.”

The whole family’s hard work is evident — [wife] Darci has lost 60 lbs. herself, and daughter Mary Claire has lost 10 lbs. “We have done it with mega support from our friends, family and community,” Darci said.

Danny and Darci say their relationship had only grown through the experience. “When somebody gets to be that obese,” Darci said, “he turned into somebody I didn’t know, so part of this journey is getting to know each other again. It’s awesome. It’s like a new beginning.” Danny confirmed the couple will renew their wedding vows next September.

Like Danny’s success, improving one aspect of a problem through measurable means is a fantastic beginning, but not a full solution. Yes, his 239 pound weight-loss was an incredible victory, but it’s the positive, immeasurable changes he accomplished that have made all the difference in his life. Losing all that weight means nothing if he can’t keep it off, and it means nothing if he doesn’t do it in the right, healthy way. But with the changes he made for his life, it looks like neither of those things should be a problem.

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As we have covered in the past, consultants obsession over metrics could be harmful to the overall goal of a venture. Instead, focusing on personal drive, creativity, and ingenuity will bring continual improvement which increases the opportunity for a positive, rewarding and most importantly, lasting outcome. Not only will those help you surpass any metrics that may have been in place, but your business will succeed in many other ways, both measurable and unmeasurable.

At AccelaWork, we set out to assist in improving company workflow, productivity, and stakeholder satisfaction—three areas in an office that are never fully measured by a numerical scale yet are crucial to a company’s success. Contact us for our business improvement services today if  problems are weighing you down. We can help establish beneficial changes that are worth more than numbers.

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