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Well, our 3 month program ends this week. It has been a great experience. Since the beginning of the program my main goal was to loose weight. As of today, I lost a total of 10 pounds in these 3 months! My goal was to loose 15 but I'm satisfied with the 10 as my original goal was to loose 35 by mid-January 2014. I have now lost a total of 30 pounds since January of this year. The program really came in perfect timing as my weight loss hit its plateau over the summer so this was just the kick I needed to jump start again! I really enjoyed the support and knowledge I gained from Michelle at the Y. She unknowingly helped me tap into my love for running by making me try the treadmill again. Now I can't imagine going more than 2 or 3 days without running. She has also helped me realize that working out is way more than just cardio, so from her Rip class I have totally gained the desire to continue and explore more with weight lifting to help further me in my new healthy/fit lifestyle. Michelle was also a huge motivator in helping me set and aspire to meeting little goals through out the process. I have also gained some knowledge on how to better incorporate nutrition into my life and fit it to my own personal lifestyle. Thanks BetterU for all of the motivation and the impact that you have had on my journey!

Feeling blessed,

Patricia Hovorka:

It’s hard to believe that 12 weeks have gone by already. When I first started on this journey with BetterU, my goals were to lower my cholesterol through diet and exercise rather than through medication, to make healthier food choices, to get active and into a daily exercise routine, and to lose 20 pounds. I am proud to say that I am well on my way to meeting all of these goals!

For all of us selected to participate in the North Country Better U Program, this was an amazing gift… a chance to change our lives for the better. Along with the camaraderie of fellow participants, the program supplied us with the people, the resources, and the tools to help us achieve our goals. I would like to truly thank all of our counselors, mentors, and coaches from the American Heart Association, Samaritan Medical Center, Dr. Joseph Wetterhahn and Gina Wetterhahn, the YMCA, Feed The Soul, and Joleene Moody for their patience, assistance, and guidance along the way. They did an amazing job!!

I feel very blessed for having had this opportunity. The knowledge I have acquired along with the confidence I feel will carry me forward as I work toward achieving my long term goals and living a happier and healthier life.

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