The Walk of Her Life: Woman loses 150 lbs by walking at work

The Walk of Her Life: Woman loses 150 lbs by walking at work

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by DION LIM / NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on April 26, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 8:17 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dee Rubina conducted her officer’s morning meetings at Filters Fast, a water filtration company, not only standing up, but while walking at the same time.

As Dee typed and talked with her co-workers, she walked on a Trek Desk—part treadmill, part desk.  At a slow and steady pace, she burns about 1,000 calories per every eight hour shift.
But this is more than a story about weight loss at work.  Dee wanted to take NewsChannel 36 on a different kind of walk.

“We’re walking to the mailbox, something I could never do before,” Rubina said.

Dee recalled her time a decade ago when, at the age of 23, she tipped the scales at 293 pounds. 

“I was size 20 here, and when I grew out of a [size] 24, I knew I had to do something.”

So step-by-step, first to the mailbox, then down the street, Dee started walking.  Seven years and 20 dress sizes later, she reached her goal.  Now at seven months pregnant, she’s using her story to launch an initiative called W-3.

“Children and women in Africa walk hours to get [clean] water,” she noted.  Polluted water kills three people somewhere in the world every minute.  Dee’s company Filters Fast teamed up with Trek Desk and the charity Wine to Water.  By promising to better yourself and walk a mile, $1 will be donated to Wine to Water.  That dollar is enough to provide someone with clean water for an entire year.

“You’re killing two birds with one stone really.  We can save our lives and feel good, and then donate those miles and feel extra good,” she said.

To learn more and to donate your miles, which Filters Fast will find monetary donors for, check out this link here.  If you'd like to learn more about Dee's treadmill desk, call TrekDesk, visit www.TrekDesk.com and check out www.winetowater.org.

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