It would be so much harder without them standing by me. I am very fortunate!
— Rachael Szymchack
My support comes from my parents that I see usually once a week, they have noticed and tell me that they are proud of me. The second comes from my husband, Gene, he gave me a necklace that he knew would not fit me and the charm on it states, “commitment” and then each week we notice that the chain is getting smaller! He has other charms that he will give me as my neck shrinks. The following are the charms that are to come: “live, achieve, hope, kindness and faith.” Friends have seen the pictures in the Tribune and have e-mailed, or called to give me encouragement.
— Lisa DeLeon
My family and my boyfriend have rocked throughout this process. Just like last time! They are very supportive and even like my new healthy recipes.
— Heather Meiring
When the Community Shape-Up Challenge started, I provided the family a brief explanation of what it was and that I would be participating in it. Once the articles started showing up in the paper about the Community Shape-Up Challenge, listing who was involved and how it would play out, I received a lot of questions and several positive comments from family and friends that were interested in what was going on and how I was dealing with the challenges I was facing. There is good pressure applied on me from family and friends knowing about the challenge so to hold me accountable for what goes in my mouth and continue to visit the gym between team workouts. Several of our family functions take place around a meal. Each time a function takes place, the person overseeing the meal will inquire what I need to eat to maintain faithful to my new eating habits. My mom has expressed many time how pleased she is and proud that I am attempting this in an effort to improve my health through eating healthier and daily exercise.