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  • Adam congrats! You always kept a smile on my face while we were at H3 together and I am so thrilled for you and the progress you’ve made! You look amazing and more importantly, you’re happier and healthier! Congrats!

    Justine

    From Justine
    May 29, 2012

  • Congratulations Adam! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

    Keep smiling!

    From Debbie Win
    May 29, 2012

  • Adam, congrats on your continued progress and success. What I am most excited about is that this has obvioulsy gone beyond weight for you. It is about participating in and enjoying life. Keep it up

    From Bob
    May 30, 2012

  • Adam, I was so impressed with you and your story when I met you during your spring break , you are an inspiring young man. Debbie Bottomley

    From Debbie Bottomley
    May 30, 2012

  • Great job Adam. You are so right in showing how it is not just about the weight but about everything you do every day being easier and so much more enjoyable. Keep rocking it!

    From Lyle Orr
    May 30, 2012

  • Adam – you are an absolute beast buddy! Your hardwork and dedication to making thse changes have impacted not only your life, but others. Continue to be an inspiration and know that every accomplishment is within reach! Jeff

    From Jeff
    May 30, 2012

  • Adam! I very much enjoyed reading your story! You were in the beginning month of your first visit when I began work at H3 and it has been so cool to watch you transform! You’re a true inspiration to everyone!! Kelly

    From Kelly Milgie
    May 30, 2012

  • Adam,
    So very proud of you. You are and inspiration to all of us H3 family members. Past and present. H3 is the best place in the USA to transform yourself body and soul. Congrats on your success. I new you could do it. Just don’t forget Bob’s (UNWISE-BETTER-BEST) it has helped me loose 60 lbs. total now since last summer when I met you. I’ll be expecting a graduation invitation soon from you. Stay sweet.
    Valerie

    From Valerie Pregeant
    May 30, 2012

  • Way to go, Adam! I was at H3 during spring break, and I wasn’t aware of how far you’d come – that’s awesome!

    From Marie G.
    May 30, 2012

  • Adam!!! I am so proud of you and so happy to call you a friend. I will never forget our time together at H3. Keep up the awesome work!!!

    From Ginny
    May 30, 2012

  • Yesterday my sister sent me a real downer of a magazine article about why overweight people yo-yo and stay fat. Your moving, positive story totally counteracts all that so-called “intellectual” negativism. So, thank you on so many levels for sharing your insights and your optimism. You have given me a wonderful gift! — Susan

    From Susan Oglesby
    May 31, 2012

  • We’re all so proud of how far you’ve come. The journey never ends. We’ll always be here for you should obstacles arise. Keep it up, you’re an inspiration!

    From Adam Martin
    May 31, 2012

  • wow thanks everyone for the kind words! Everyone at H3 has in their own way been instrumental in my success. Wishing everyone the best of luck.

    From Adam Tannenbaum
    June 1, 2012

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Adam and Jeff at H3 in 2012

For years, I have been traveling to Hilton Head to visit my grandparents. My grandfather was the one who introduced me to Hilton Head Health after learning about the weight loss program during an episode of ‘HEAVY’. Not knowing that they had already stopped by the facility for a tour, they convinced me to take a look for myself. My whole life I was fairly active; I even played on my college tennis team. It wasn’t until a couple years later that I found myself turning to anything to help my depression at the age of 26. For some reason, I was lost and didn’t know how to get out of my rut; that’s when, with the support of my family, I decided to make a change. Staying at Hilton Head Health for three months not only helped me lose 66 pounds, but also gave me the confidence, courage and direction I needed to take control of my life.

Kelia gave me a tour of the facility and if you know Kelia, you know that she is very easy to talk with. I have to admit that at first I thought everyone was being a little too nice, but now I realize that’s just how everyone is—they love helping people, are excited to teach and genuinely care. Without judgment, Kelia and I discussed my past and just knowing that if the rest of the staff were as open and positive as she was, this place would be just what I needed for my life transition. I discussed the visit with my family and we decided that participating in the H3 Extensive & Intensive three month program was what I needed to break my unhealthy routine at home. This is the moment when my unhappiness started to be replaced one smile at a time.

Throughout my stay, more than anything else, I learned about myself. I learned that I enjoy swimming, kickboxing and boot camp—I made a promise to myself that I would attend every boot camp class while at H3 and I did! I discovered the cook inside me who enjoys trying new, healthy recipes. I’ve learned how to recognize when I’m slipping and what to do to get back in control. Most importantly, I’ve learned what works for me.

While at H3, something clicked. I found the balance I needed. I can still go out, I can still go to tailgates, I can still enjoy some of my favorite things—I’m actually adding to the list. I’m just more aware. I simply don’t go out as often and if I do, I make better decisions. I take healthy dishes, like the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings on H3Daily, with me to football parties. I meal plan each week and get my groceries delivered to avoid temptations at the store. I whipped the dust off my rollerblades and now riding with my dog through the park is one of my favorite activities—my dog actually gets tired before I do. I even bought a scale, something I dreaded looking at before but now I understand how to use it to my advantage—I have a threshold so I know when I’m swaying from my goal. All these things work for me. Did Hilton Head Health say, “Hey Adam, go grab some rollerblades and roll your butt off”? No, but they taught me that exercise can be fun and they opened me to new experiences and opened my ears to take in life lessons.

Just one year after my summer at H3, I have continued to be successful and with my newly found energy and positive mindset, I refuse to go back to the way I was. When you go from a size 48 to a 40/38, you actually enjoy shopping and going places where you can show off how good you look. I no longer avoid beaches like the plague and I am open to trying new things. Along with running my first 5K in 34:19 with Jeff, I would consider snorkeling and hiking the Gros Piton while on vacation in St. Lucia are my biggest accomplishments yet—things I physically would have NEVER been able, or even attempted, to do before.

I’ve enrolled in school and am taking my life more seriously. You could have never told me that I would opt into spending my spring break at a weight loss spa during my Senior year of college—but I’m here for the second time and I’m loving every minute of it. I am so thankful for H3 and for my family believing in me when I wasn’t sure if I believed in myself. Just knowing that at any time I can call Jeff or Adam for support, helps keep me on this new path to a happier, healthier me.

-Adam Tannenbaum; Cheshire, CT

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Adam at the top of the Gros Piton in St. Lucia

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