By RC Stabile, Residence Life Coordinator
When I first arrived at Stetson University in the summer of 2012 I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did not think I would find is a community that would end up changing my life in so many ways.
I knew, generally, culture of small private institution after going to one myself. I knew I would find a close-knit community with students who desired to make a difference and to know their faculty and staff personally. I knew staff members who truly cared for their work and were willing to assist others regardless of their job description.
When I first arrived at Stetson University I was 260lbs. For someone that was 5’7 I found myself terrified at what my future would hold. After putting my health on the back burner for so long I knew I had to make a change. Following a routine doctor appointment on Oct.15 2012 I found out I was pre-diabetic and had high blood pressure. That very day I made a commitment.
On the way home I downloaded myfitness pal and I began slowly, tracking my food intake and walking my dog along the Hatter tracks. Over the next few days by eating healthy and adding light exercise the weight began to come off.
I was so enthralled by the numbers going down that I stepped it up and started reading blogs, educating myself on nutrition through documentaries and adding some group fitness classes at the Hollis Center. After losing 30 pounds on my own I became involved with Thrive Deland downtown and added Herbalife products into my daily routine.
I guess for me the moral of this story is that little changes can spark big results. I stand here now at 170 pounds and still am in progress towards the life I want. I have since become spin certified (check out the GroupX schedule and come see me sometime), I have run in multiple RunDisney races and am now training for my first of three scheduled half-marathons.
I never thought I would be this person but due to the support of DeLand and specifically Stetson University I have found health and happiness at this small little campus we call home.