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.