Our story began about 3 years ago. It started with Patrice deciding she wanted to lose some weight. We both had talked about it but she was the first to begin the life change. She started eating better and began a program through her physician to get her on the right track. She did well and the changes became evident. I watched her success and decided to join the cause. My motivation came at my work when a wellness program was started and I felt I needed to be healthier also. Once we were both on the same page, life became a bit easier (exercising and eating right is still not easy but we feel better). We avoided bringing unhealthy food in the house, we encouraged each other and supported one another. We both did very well.

I was exercising at home but Patrice had a more difficult time doing this on her own. So she decided to join FF after a friend spoke well about it. She joined and was on her way. When a team challenge came around, she asked if I would do it with her and that is where I first started at FF. (I had gained some of the weight I had lost and needed a boost). The challenge was good, we learned new things together both in a variety of fitness activities and furthering our understanding of healthy nutritional eating. After the challenge, Patrice continued at FF, but I did not as we have to drive at least a half hour each way to do so and it did not fit into my work schedule.

Patrice and I both got off track a bit in our eating (stress was a definite factor in this) but she continued at FF, and I did some exercise at home. When another challenge came around we both felt it would be good for us, so we signed up again. It got us back to eating better, and for me being on target with consistent exercising. After the challenge, I decided to stay involved with FF to help in accountability, and Patrice has continued her faithful weekly regime there.   Each week as we drive down, we are not only reminded of our goals of nutrition and exercise, but we get a good chance to talk about life.

Patrice has reached (or is real close) her weight loss goal, and has lost 100 pounds. I lost 75 pounds originally (gained some back and now am back to losing that plus a bit more). Staying connected to FF is good for us to remain on target both nutritionally and physically.   The support from the FF coaches and from doing this journey together keeps us on track.   We just wish you were closer to our house!

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