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Marble Falls contestant says H-E-B Slim Down Showdown changed her life

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — Sheila Dudley still keeps the same habits she formed while competing in H-E-B’s Slim Down Showdown last year.

The Marble Falls resident was one of 25 people selected to participate in the 16-week contest, which is kind of Texas’ version of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” Just like the TV show, Slim Down Showdown chronicles the progress of handpicked contenders who are trying to shed pounds.

PHOTO: Sheila Dudley of Marble Falls competed in the 2012 H-E-B Slim Down Showdown. File photo

The Texas grocery giant revealed the winners Oct. 7, and, though Dudley didn’t win one of the major prizes, she said she wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

She lost 23 pounds during the four-month competition. Since the contest concluded, Dudley said she has been able to keep off the weight. She weighs 280 pounds.

“To be under 300 pounds for this body has been a big accomplishment,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of lifestyle changes in the last few months.”

One of those changes is her job. She’s now a foodie at the Lakeline H-E-B Plus! store.

“My primary job is to help customers locate their favorite foods and assist them with meal solutions,” she said. “I also help them select foods within their diets or budgets.”

In addition, she helps the store’s chefs develop menu items or recipes for in-store demonstrations.

As a result, she’s constantly walking and standing, she said. But, after awhile, her body got used to that activity, so she still requires 150 minutes of exercise a week.

Dudley still competes in Slim Down Showdown but does so as an employee with H-E-B. She joins her co-workers for fitness sessions at local parks.

“Weight management is a lifetime balancing act for most,” she said. “Sometimes, we’re very devoted to our paths, and other days, we lose focus. The important thing to remember is once you have the tools and resources, you can easily get back on the path. The knowledge you gain from this process lasts a lifetime.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com