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2015 Biggest Loser Shelia Smith: 59 Pounds and Counting

Recent article from Wesley Apartments Lake County

The 2015 Biggest Loser began early last year. It wasn’t until October that Sheila decided she wanted to be a contender for the title of Biggest Loser. She has always struggled with her weight and knew she needed to do something about it. We all know that doing something about it is the hardest part. Riding in her mobile scooter had become a way of life for Sheila and the time came that she was ready to do something about that.

One day in October, Sheila decided enough was enough. It was time to get the weight off and make herself healthier. Life is good and Sheila needed to feel good. This is when her journey began.

Sheila began walking from her apartment to five doors down. This is as far as she could go. Debbie, Sheila’s healthcare worker, would ride behind her in Sheila’s chair so that when she reached the fifth door, Sheila could sit down. This is as far as she could go. That didn’t stop her. She did this for a while and then she would add a few more doors to the walk. Sheila’s persistence is paying off. As of this writing, Sheila is now able to walk to all 50 apartments with her walker and without Debbie, 2 times plus 2 halls a day. This is absolutely AWESOME!

When her mind was made up, she put one foot in front of the other and there has been no turning back. I have made it a priority to encourage Sheila with her journey and to tell her story to others. Sheila says this keeps her going. Even though this encourages and is motivation for her, Sheila has become an inspiration to me and others as well.

Sheila has set a goal for herself. She wants to bowl in the 2016 Senior Olympics without sitting in her scooter. I have no doubt that Sheila will accomplish this. The woman is determined!

Thanks to the generous donations to the Golden Cross, Sheila was presented with new clothes, a Biggest Loser T-shirt and certificate for her 59 pound weight loss.

Congratulations Sheila!

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