I owe my sincerest gratitude to YOU, yes you! In addition to my faith, I never would have made it without my support system. All of your words of encouragement have kept me going throughout these 12 weeks. Thanks for holding me accountable! I’m proud of those who I have inspired to modify their lifestyles to be more healthier.
To H-E-B – Thank you caring enough to give back to your customers! Kate Rogers specifically for creating this life changing experience. Her amazing staff of Melissa, Suzanne, Shannon, Lorena, Mari, Miguel, Sara, Pauline and everyone else. It’s unbelievable how supportive you all have been. Thank you for teaching me to invest in my health like I do everything else.
To my family – Thanks for your endless love/support and continued efforts to live a healthier life. I can’t wait to move back home and help you all implement your own lifestyle changes!
To my friends & classmates – Thanks for accompanying me to the gym, listening to me complain about being sore and keeping an open mind about healthier food options.
To my health coach, Kathy – Thank you being my personal cheerleader and celebrating all of my victories, both big and small.
To the SDSD Sponsors – Thank you Gold’s Gym, Avocados from Mexico, Fleet Feet Sports, Dole, Uncle Sam, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, the Hilton San Antonio Hill Country Hotel & Spa, Watermelon.org and Brita for partnering with H-E-B and giving me the tools I needed to make my health a priority.
The past SDSD contestants - Thank you for all of the advice and encouragement throughout this experience (especially via Facebook and Myfitnesspal). You guys were proof that this lifestyle change is attainable.
I’d like to share some words of wisdom that Shannon shared with us via Daniel Garza (the first Partner SDSD winner). He has a theory on “reset buttons”: ”along this journey we call life; we are presented with reset buttons, an opportunity to reset the direction in which our life is headed. These can come in many forms; a new job, the chance to get healthier, a break-up, a marriage, the decision to have children… It’s up to us to decide if we are ready and willing, and have the courage to press reset.”
Thanks to this priceless experience, my reset button has been activated. I am proud of myself for having the courage to submit my application and admit that I needed help getting my life back on track. I have a whole new appreciation for life. I no longer go through the motions; I seize the day! I am excited about my future and all that the Lord has in store for me!
- I vow to continue this healthy lifestyle.
- I vow to never return to the life that I lived before 1/13/13.
- I vow to continue to implement everything that I’ve learned.
- I vow to express my feelings instead of turning to food like I did in the past.
- I vow to continue my work out regimen 5 days a week
- I vow to continue invest in my body.
I leave you with this quote by Earl Nightingale, “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”