I had the chance this week to introduce myself to the winners of Five Seasons Family Sports Club’s “Be a Loser” contest, and they are a great group of individuals!
Representing Crestview Hills, Northern Kentucky is Brandy. Brandy is a single mother who wishes, in getting fit, to reduce the risks associated with being overweight, including diabetes and high blood pressure.
Chicagoland brings us two winners from two clubs: Teresa from Northbrook, and Nader from Burr Ridge. Based on my personality and journey, it’s hard for me to believe that someone on a similar path could have confidence, but Teresa strikes me as someone with a cool confidence and a wonderful personality to match. She had been very active in her past, but due to life’s unfortunate circumstances has become encumbered by her weight. Already a wonderful blogger, Teresa has turned over a new leaf and is documenting her adventures here: <http://teresasnewleaf.blogspot.com/>
Nader is a husband, a father, and a teacher. Whether we realize it or not, we’re going to be an inspiration to many people, just by being seen in the Club so often—always ever reducing in size—throughout the year. But Nader also realizes that, as an authority figure as a parent and educator and with childhood obesity being near record levels, he can be a role model by getting fit and losing weight.
Always the nervous Nelly, I was reticent to make the calls but, though I literally broke a sweat in doing so, I was amazed at how easily the conversation went, at how similar the winners’ early beginnings were to one another and to mine. They are all eager to begin the process, are hitting the gym hard with a goal of ramping up their number of workout days per week. They all had questions about their diet, and are feeling their way through the eating day with the help of their nutritionists.
The experiences are so similar that I suspect they are near universal; in that way we are not unique, and I don’t want them to ever feel alone. We are in it together and to that end I want us to support each other—if our distance precludes meeting in-person—by phone calls, texts, and emails; because I know that a supportive community is what separated the success of last year from my past attempts at weight loss, and kept me going through the inevitable rough patches.
Here’s to having the rough patches distant from each another, the good times plentiful, and to the pounds melting away!