How many people can boast that they are in the best shape of their lives at age 48, after being treated for cancer, enduring chemotherapy, and going through menopause? I can, and although I worked hard for my now-fit body, I give much of the credit to Hilton Head Health and Bob Wright.
I first learned of Bob and Hilton Head Health (H3) after my dearest friend from high school attended the program in 1985. As students, neither one of us took fitness seriously. Looking back now, I realize we were not the best influences for each other in terms of exercise and diet. We made up excuses to skip going to the gym and would much rather raid the refrigerator instead. Then I went off to college where my bad habits got worse: staying up all night, smoking and eating chocolate (a lot of chocolate) while I studied. My friend decided to try the program at Hilton Head, and when she came home, she looked phenomenal! From that time on I vowed to make it to Hilton Head Health as soon as my time and wallet would allow. But the rigors of graduate school got in the way. It wasn’t until I completed veterinary school and my internship that I finally had the time and funds to visit H3. By 1992, I had quit smoking, but I was carrying about 60 additional pounds on my 5’ 2” frame. I was also sedentary, and was in the worst shape of my life. If I didn’t make a change, I knew things would get worse.
In 1992, just before beginning my new career, I took two weeks off to “get serious” about my health. The two weeks I spent at H3 gave me back control of my health and well-being. For the first time in my life, I made exercise and a healthy diet a priority. Listening to Bob Wright changed the way I thought of my own health, and after almost 20 years, his meaningful advice has stayed with me ever since. The top 5 most influential things Bob said to me:
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