Jeni Hayes (Daughter), Charleston, SC
As an NCAA athlete in college and group fitness instructor afterward, I have always been blessed with the motivation and ability to exercise often and make healthy food choices. I managed to maintain my weight throughout college and pharmacy school, but residency was a different story. Stress eating is no joke… although I was still going to the gym 7 – 8 times each week, the pounds started to creep on and suddenly my clothes didn’t fit as well as they used to.
After finishing my 2-year residency, I had a few weeks before starting my new job. When my mom, Cheryl, and I decided to take a trip together, I started looking for places that had two of my favorite activities – fitness and good food. One of the places my mom found was Hilton Head Health (H3), and as I read more about their program on the website, the more intrigued I became. Honestly, I couldn’t think of any better vacation than taking group fitness classes and having someone else cook for you while in a beautiful location. Since my mom has been struggling with her weight over the last few years, it seemed like the perfect place. I had 3 goals for my trip to H3: Get my mom inspired to lose weight again, spend some quality time with her, and to get myself back on track.