“Being surrounded by other people who just want to feel good helps me stay inspired to keep working on myself every day.”
“My kids are noticing that I am healthier. They say, ‘Mom you look really healthy, you look strong!’ So that's my motivation.”
“Knowing how strong I am and how much I have been through- I really don’t let people push me around.”
“At the end of the day when I go to lay down at night, I feel good about myself, and that’s what’s important to me.”
“I didn’t have a specific turning point, I just got sick of being unhealthy and fat.”
“But for some reason I kept trying fitness alone and I was surprised every time I failed.”
“If you take the time to do something consistently, you're going to get a good result.”
“I have permission to live life and enjoy it. Have fun, watch what I'm doing but I can still have my cake and eat it too..”
“I've been physical my whole life. I never thought I'd have to fight to keep it. Once I had grandchildren I realized I had no choice.”
“I’m learning to be a better me at RD and it’s making me a better parent.”
“During a period of five years, it was really bad. It would affect me at work because I would be in the middle of my day and all of a sudden, I would have an (anxiety) attack.”
“I wasn't me. I put on a lot of weight for me and was unhappy and tired. With the lovely age I'm at, things start catching up to you. So losing the 10 pounds is harder. Feeling strong is harder.”
“Little Eddie’s third day was supposed to be his first at home, not his second day on oxygen and first at Maria Fareri’s Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go as planned.”
“Really, coming here makes me a better person for the people around me, for my family.”
“I started therapy, because I couldn't solve certain things on my own, and I felt like it was the missing piece to the puzzle.”
“I have two beautiful daughters, and I want to be around for them. I want to walk them down the aisle.”
“I Grew Up In A Very Isolated, Dysfunctional Community. I Wasn't A Person, I Wasn't Living, I Was Just Surviving.”
“You know what? This isn’t what I want to wear. I may not look the way I want to look right now, but I’m okay with that because I feel fierce inside. So, it will get there.”
Working out has helping me tremendously to release that stress. When I am stressed out, I just think about, "Let me get to the gym…”
“What motivates me are my children. To be stronger and have more energy for them.”
“I came back and I was able to do everything. It was liberating.”
“He's a big void to fill. Holidays are coming and how do you fill that big personality in the room?”
“I was just fat and unhappy, basically. I own that and finally decided I need to do something about this.”
I think knowing that the pain we endured could have been prevented is hard to accept. But knowing we have the ability to make sure other families don’t learn this lesson the same way we did, gives us purpose.
This had true, life-threatening potential… but I never doubted I was going to kill that sucker. And we did.
After a year of coming to RD, I know that I have more control over my health than I ever have, and I feel better…
At the end of the day you’re like, "All right something has to give.”
At my age, staying healthy and being able to feel balanced and strong is very important to me.
I learned that I’m a better person when I walk through that door…
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I just don’t like to give up.