Favorite ‘placemaking’ organizations:

  • The Project For Public Spaces (PPS) is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. I’ve taken their weekend workshop in New York City called “Turning a Place Around.” 
  • The Pomegranate Center is a Puget Sound  nonprofit community design and development organization that is an international leader in creating community gathering places. I’ve participated in some design/build work parties.
  • Started in Portland, City Repair educates communities to creatively transform the places where they live with ‘intersecion repair’ and the annual Village Building Convergence.

Diabetes: How people have recovered

One day on Facebook another health coach asked for those who had specific, first-hand stories regarding how the health and weight loss program we are using has impacted them. Within about an hour, these were comments posted.

<Kristy Graves Medina>
I have a client who has lost 91 lbs in 7 months. After being on 7 shots of insulin a day at the beginning she is now completely free of any diabetic medications. Her doctors are amazed at what she has done. Alice is still on the program with about 50 lbs more to lose but she is so excited about what she has already done!
<Paul- Jere McGrew>
There are too many to tell them all! The majority of Diabetics who follow the program as designed are able to begin lowering their meds in about 2 weeks, it is amazing. Many are able to get off most of their Rx. We have one woman who was on an insulin pump and able to stop that – her endocrinologist was surprised and now he is wanting to learn about how this works ! I could go on and on – if you ask Dr. Paul he’d share for pages and pages……
<Rhonda Runkle Kennedy>
I have a client who had been taking insulin injections for 7 years every day. After just a week on this program she stopped needing to poke her finger and inject insulin. Her daughter is on the program with her and cannot thank us enough for giving her mom her health back. Can’t put a price tag on that!
<Pamela Pinter Parsons>
I work with a woman who had sugar close to 400!!! Yikes! Within a month of being on plan her sugar has dropped to a little above 100 and has stayed there for the past year. Another client was off his insulin in 6 weeks. This program is designed to get people healthy QUICK!
<Brian Renfrow>
Sandy and I can repeat similar stories but what is even more incredible is that after losing the weight and learning how to eat better, we have clients who still do not have to use their medicines for diabetes and hypertension. This program has changed their lives forever. It is not some short term diet thing but a program that has got them on the path to better health with NO MORE MEDICINE!
<Cassie Hill>
My dad, Rulon, he developed type 2 diabetes a few years ago. His blood sugar has been in the 150’s.
After a month on this program he has lost 20 pounds! His blood sugar is down below 100 and his energy is up. He had a check up with his doctor after two weeks on the program; he no longer needs his blood pressure medicine. He went on to lose 7 more pounds. Truly miraculous! And so exciting for him and all who love him!
<Noreen Reenie Post Eaton>
My BS was out of control, 300-400ish regularly. I was on 6 different meds. Within 4 days of starting the program, my meds were reduced. I lost 75 pounds and am now off my meds! Woohoo! I have a client who lost over 100 pounds in nine months and is totally off her insulin!
<Mary Funkhouser Hart>
My 76 year old sister lost 100 pounds and is off her medication for Diabetes. She is sooo awesome.
<Shirley Schulz Sileven>
My husband’s best friend from high school had been a diabetic for 20 years and taking 2 forms of insulin daily. After being on the program 2 – 3 weeks – his glucose numbers were always close to 200 or above…they were now coming in at 85 – 110 consistently. He had to call his Dr.’s office and speak with their nutritionist, because sometimes his numbers went lower…which is dangerous…they were able to help him make adjustments to his insulin since his body was responding SO WELL TO NUTRITION. After the first 2 months on the program, under his physician’s direction – he got off of one of his doses. (He started in February, 2009) by August he was down well over 100 lbs. and his physician said if he kept his numbers in line like he had all year, he could stop taking his second dose. The gentleman said he only wanted to lose weight, he has been totally surprised at the health benefits he has enjoyed besides the weight loss. I’ll see if I can get you before/after photos, Kim.
<Gloria Sahagun>
My sister was on insulin when she started the program at the end of July. Her blood sugar was always around 150 and now she is below 90. She now has lots of energy, feels great and by the way, she just celebrated her 70th birthday.
She is also much more active and looks fantastic. She has lost 50 lbs and is no longer on insulin of any kind! Her Doctor was very impressed.
<Ruth Finch Holland>
My Client John is NOT DIABETIC Anymore! He is sooo cool! He took a baggie full of meds and shots, takes none of them anymore! Working on scanning his progress photos. His sugars are all normal.
<Elaine McMillan>
I am hypoglycemic. I come from a diabetic family on my Dad’s side. I was unable to stay on any program or loose weight because I kept getting the shakes and would get very weak and feel like I was going to pass out. My blood sugar would bottom out. My Dr. always told me to go on a low carb diet. This had always worked for me in the past 15 years. I needed to drop weight. After recovering from an illness that had caused me to loose tons of weight, I got well after moving back to Nashville. The weight starting piling on, I quickly went from looking anorexic from the illness, to putting on about 50 lbs! I went to my Dr at Baptist and had tests run. He told me that I was healthy, but that my metabolism was shot due to the illness I had and my age. He told me to go on a low carb diet. That had always worked for me. This time, NOTHING worked. My metabolism was shot. I also was not able to excercise due to a foot problem.
I finally met Kim Fiske and she introduced me to this program. I was desperate to get the weight off as I had shot from a size 9 to a size 16 and was headed into an 18.
It works. It stabilized my blood sugars, helped all of my health problems, and I never got the shakes or felt weak. It gave me energy and made me feel better than I had in years. The weight came back off! This program is a way to healthy living. It is NOT a diet. It is a healthy way of LIFE!
<Crista Pedraza-Caywood>
I have a client who was taking insulin 3x a day. After 3 months she lost 50lbs & was off her medication after 2 weeks. Best part of this is she has been trying to get pregnant for 15+ yrs & after 3.5 months on program got pregnant. She is due in May. Since then she has referred 6 of her friends who also were unable to get pregnant & 4 of them are pregnant now! So much for fertility doc’s huh?
<Don Bushell>
I have a close friend who consistently had blood sugar levels in the 140″s who in week two of the program dropped into the 80’s and has been there for 6 months.
<Cindy Upchurch>
I was also hypoglycemic. On my father’s side, my great-grandmother was insulin dependent diabetic and my grandmother was diet dependent diabetic. I am a prime candidate for diabetes. It was hard to keep my blood sugar under control until I found your program! Thank you for asking about this!
<Janet Tyler>
Hi Kim, I have 2 diabetic clients who were completely off their medication within 2 weeks and a third who went from 3 pills a day to 1/2 pill per day in 2 weeks. (He’s a retired physician and very happy with his progress to date)
<Lisa Glass Brady>
My hubby is no longer pre-diabetic! He is loving how his body feels-no more pressure on his joints!
<Shelli Law Ponce>
Thank you for posting this! I have 2 potential clients that are diabetic. This is great information to have to share with them. I know this weight and health program is awesome with all the success that I personally have had as well as my clients, but to have such great testimonials on this specific diabetic information is great.
<Greg Maples>
I have a friend who followed these principles and over the last 6 weeks has gotten off all of his type two diabetic medicine. In his words…”A Miracle”
<Elisabeth Grant-Gibson>
My 180 pound (so far) weight loss got me very quickly off my two oral diabetes medications and my sister’s 95 pound loss got her off insulin in two weeks!
<Carl Vanek>
I am a type 2 diabetic who lost 60 lbs in 3 months and has kept it off for 1 year with normal blood sugars.
<Michelle Stewart Schaffer>
I am type two diabetic and in just a months time my A1C was down to 5.9 and I was able to cut my medications in half. Three months later I was able to stop my diabetes meds altogether (otherwise my blood sugar would drop to 68 . At the same time we found that my blood pressure was normal, as was my tryglycerides and my cholesterol. It’s been 1.5 years and all my test results are still normal with little to no meds at all.
<Ann Whitmore>
Wow! And I thought my husband’s 27 pound weight loss and his recent journey from “very high” blood sugar to “normal” blood sugar was pretty amazing! Your program is extraordinary. I wish all the MD’s in this country knew about it!
<Susie Blair>
Hey, I have an insulin dependent diabetic (Richard B) who is on 1/4 of the insulin he was on before. And another client (Richard J) who was so unstable his blood sugars went dangerously low and was on the verge of collapse who went on the program and is much more stable. He credits the program with saving his life

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