This month's interview is from a group member who has been with this program since it's inception! Take care ladies, enjoy your week end (especially those of you heading to the hills!) and we will meet again next week.
H.O.P.E Individual Interview
What is your name?
Who is your family and additional support system outside of H.O.P.E. ?
My husband David for 29 years, my sons Ryan(25) and Justin(22) and my Mom who gives me her support and love every single day.
How long have you been a H.O.P.E. Participant?
I am and original member of H.O.P.E.. I’ve lost count but I believe it’s been 6 maybe 7 years.
What is the most useful tool you have received in H.O.P.E. ?
Every single tool has been useful. But to pick one that keeps me going would be “baby steps”. When moving forward on making changes, I would always go for perfection. Walk 2 miles everyday, eat a healthy food plan everyday, and write in a journal everyday. First there is no perfection, second I failed every single time. The changes would never last. Then Julie and Cathy taught me about “baby steps”. At the beginning I broke the changes into tiny steps and when they became consistent I would step them up. I moved slowly because I realize this isn’t a race to the end but a journey for the rest of my life.
What has been your greatest accomplishment through the H.O.P.E. Program?
I’ve done some things I never thought possible. I’ve hiked a mountain in Hawaii and I got on a snowmobile and rode through the most breathtaking scenery I’ve ever seen.
What has been your greatest challenge on your journey of lifestyle change?
I would say my obsessing on the numbers (i.e. pounds lost). I have found that this journey is about so much more. I also know about myself, that when I focus on weight loss I usually get stuck and find I’m not moving forward.
What does the H.O.P.E. Program mean to you personally?
H.O.P.E. brought back my JOY. Julie and Cathy have created a program that is life changing!
Can you share some words of wisdom with others who are just beginning their journey of lifestyle change?
I don’t know if I have any wisdom to share but I would like to say, if you are just beginning or anywhere on your journey – live “as if “, throw out the “ wait until “ and live your life knowing you are LOVED.