April 25, 2017  |  Boston & Cambridge Health UpTogether Fund

Bernice Lubin

I am within my second year of partnership with FII and would like to share my story, especially how I used FII resources to change my life. I am 34 years old. I am a full-time social worker for the Department of Transitional Assistance and, at night, a mother to three beautiful girls. After giving birth to my third daughter I wanted to do something about my weight and get back to my “normal” self. I applied for FII’s health match resource so that I could afford a gym membership and lose some weight.

I am very proud to say from August 2016 (a month after I gave birth) to now (February 2017) I have lost a total of 65 pound. It was hard, especially when my weight fluctuated — I got discouraging and wanted to give up. But once I consistently went to the gym and began eating right, I saw the improvements. This motivated me to reach my goal. It is easy to set goals, but putting it into action is a different story. Knowing that I had to be accountable to my FII group added to my motivation. Taking small steps led to being consistent, and once I saw the changes, it kept me going.

Going to the gym has changed my life because I don’t feel as tired during the day after working out. My family also sees a huge different in my mood because I am more alert and able to do more activities with my children. I am no longer overweight, and I am more confident with my looks.

I will continue going to the gym, and my next step is to incorporate eating more healthy food at home. I want to get a juicer so I can make smoothies and fresh drinks at home. I also want to start taking classes at the gym such as kickboxing to change up my workout routine.

Receiving the health resource and having the support of my group changed my life — and has motivated me to apply for other resources that can help my family prosper.

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