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Success Stories

Every month we will highlight testimonials from UT SELECT participants throughout the state who have improved their lives by adopting healthier habits. Read through these success stories to be inspired by the changes they've made in their lives. Do you have a story to share? Tell us about it!


 

June 2016
Delo Gates

Institution: UT Southwestern Medical Center

Her advice: I advise people to enjoy what you do when you exercise. This will help you stick with it. Also, some people don't agree with this but I believe people are most successful when the exercise away from home and around other people. Whether you join a gym, go to dance classes, walk at the park with friends, whatever you do, do it away from home. There are far too many distractions at home. And exercising with someone will hold you more accountable.

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May 2016
Allen “Robin” Webb

Institution: UTHealth in Houston

Her advice: Anyone can contact me; I would love to help others quit. I dipped for about 27 years.

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May 2016
Katie Simpson

Institution: UT Dallas

Her advice:Everyone's situation is going to be different, so get your advice from someone who is more familiar with your situation. A professional counselor is great if it's an option, but even a friend's opinion is going to be more useful for you than mine would be. I can't even pretend that I discovered any universal truths on this trip. =)

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April 2016
Binoy Philip

Institution: UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas

His advice: Anyone can accomplish the goal of losing weight as long as you put your Heart and Mind into it and not listen to the natural instincts of your Body! 

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April 2016
Rebecca

Institution: UT Dallas

Her advice: Don't give up on yourself. Set a goal and remind yourself of what it is daily. The constant reminder will fuel your motivation. Find others who have similar goals and motivate them as well. Be patient with yourself. Nothing comes easy, especially when you're trying to break a lifetime habit of a sedentary lifestyle.

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March 2016
Dasha Clay

Institution: UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas

Her advice: Sugar and salt are your enemies, eat in moderation, and move that body.

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February 2016
Linda

Institution: UT San Antonio

Her advice: Eat raw plant food all day to get in as many healing "live" enzymes as possible. Restricting your diet to only 20% cooked food in the evening allows your body to heal for a significant portion of the day. Exercise! If you can only do 5 minutes of light exercise like walking, start there and increase a few minutes a day until you are successful with 30-60 minutes a day. You only have one body, and it doesn't improve with age. You have to take control of your health, start today!

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January 2016
Sonia Flores

Institution: UT San Antonio

Her advice:The hardest challenge is starting. Make small changes and eventually you will gain healthy habits and plan time to exercise. Find a "meal friend" to split appetizers and whole meals to include the salad. Do not cut out your favorite food items and snacks; eat them in moderation once a week. Pick a day that you can spoil yourself, as when meeting a friend or when a family event arises; this can be any day of the week. Plan healthy and easy breakfast and lunch ideas in advance. Find out what health issues plague your family and make food choices that lower your risk. Research online, as I did, what your carb intake should be for your height and weight.  Most smart phones have a health tracker which includes meals. Use it, as I do, to track your meal intake; it breaks down your meal to healthy or bad food choices.  It lets me know how many carbs, vitamins, etc., I eat and what I’m lacking.  Eventually, it became routine and I didn't have to log my meals and exercise as often. Both my spouse and I have lost twenty five pounds and we’re still losing.  We sleep better and don't get tired as easily and we go out more.  Thank you Living Well! You have improved our quality of life!

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