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  • Way to go Kerry!!! Loved the article !!!

    From Dawn Cussins
    September 26, 2012

  • You are so inspiring, Kerry! I am glad to see things are going well, we all miss you here!

    From Kelly
    September 26, 2012

  • Hi Kerry:

    I was there the first week when you arrived (you probably don’t remember we did the running clinic together) You look beautiful. I am so very happy for you. Wishing you the best!!!

    Cynthia

    From Cynthia
    September 26, 2012

  • that is awesome kerry :) i miss everyone and how great everyone is :D

    From michelle
    September 26, 2012

  • Your other Mom is so proud of you! Getting out of Dodge and looking at a new way of thinking is so important – I’m grateful you AND invested in yourself – and your REAL MOM too!! Love you…Jayne

    From Jayne
    September 26, 2012

  • I am so impressed! What an inspiration you are. I am sitting here smiling at your picture – so happy to know that you are doing so well.

    From Rosemary Layon
    September 26, 2012

  • Well done Kerry!
    I am so proud to have met you during my 3 weeks at H3 back in March. Every time I put my laptop on I think of you!! LOL
    I wish you continued success!
    Rachel (UK)

    From Rachel
    September 26, 2012

  • Beautiful and so hopeful! Your words were a bit like mirrors to me. Thank you for sharing this part of you. Congratulations on all of your successes and best wishes for many more!

    From Stacey Sevel
    September 26, 2012

  • Congratulations Kerry! What a great accomplishment.

    From Nancy
    September 26, 2012

  • Wow Kerry! It is so good to hear your success and you are a good writer too. I am struggling but staying mostly on track. My moto continues to be “Today is a new day!”

    From Marilyn Voreis
    September 26, 2012

  • How wonderful it was to read your story and I am not one bit surprised you were featured as a huge success at H3. You always worked so hard with the BEST attitude!!

    From Ann
    September 26, 2012

  • Hi Kerry, I cannot express how happy I am for you…I have thought about you so often since meeting you at HHH. Congratulations on your success…keep up the good work…and I’m very happy for you and your Mom having built a new relationship…you are truly an inspiration. Norma

    From Norma
    September 27, 2012

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Get H3 Inspired: Kerry Seiberlich

kerry s after Get H3 Inspired: Kerry SeiberlichThere were times when I really didn’t think I could handle life anymore. It was almost normal for me on my way to work to seriously consider how much damage hitting the freeway barrier at 70 mph would do, and whether or not the impact would kill me. A lot of the time, I hoped it would. 

I never got to the point of actually following through on these thoughts (thank goodness), but the fact that they even existed were a serious indicator that I needed a change. It wasn’t until almost a year later that the truth of it hit me – I was extremely unhealthy, extremely unhappy, and so lost that I didn’t even know how to begin to fix it. A close friend of mine recommended that I get the heck out of dodge. “Blow this popsicle stand,” he said. We spent some time brainstorming and eventually the idea of a health retreat came up. We got online, and Health Head Health’s website was professional, informative, and well-designed; it immediately caught my eye. 

From there, it only took about three weeks until I was signed up and headed south for H3’s Extended & Intensive (E/I) program. I was terrified. I didn’t know… well, anything. What to expect, whether I would be able to last the full 14 weeks, or even what kind of a social life I would be able to find.  The fact that I had been pretty overweight since early childhood – I distinctly remember being called “a fat alien” by some meaner classmates the one and only time I ever wore pigtails to school – only made the idea of ever making friends that would understand my situation seem outlandish.

I moved in, met the staff, and gradually started to make friends. I won’t lie – the first few weeks were pretty difficult. My depression and obesity made waking in the morning a really difficult task for me, but by the time I hit my one month ‘anniversary’ at H3, I was springing out of bed in the mornings, actively looking for new things to try, and, for the first time in years, feeling good about who I was and where I was headed. I had finally made a good decision about my health. 

I began to open up about the darker parts of my recent past to Amber, H3 Fitness Specialist, who I had chosen as my coach and fitness trainer, and to Lisette, H3 Director of Behavioral Health, with whom I had bi-weekly personal counseling sessions. I told them about everything: the suicidal thoughts, the depression, the drugs, and the awful relationship I had with my family – particularly my mother.  Being able to talk about these things was so refreshing. I wasn’t lying any more. I didn’t feel guilty or ashamed, and in this liberation I found a new kind of recovery. It wasn’t only my physical being that convalesced, but my state of mind as well.

I journaled. I participated in workshops. I went to the seminars and cooking classes. I discovered and nurtured a love of yoga. I kept track of my weight loss. After a month at H3, my mother was inspired enough by my success to participate in the program with me for several weeks. Background: my mother and I had essentially been strangers living in the same house for almost ten years. Even just the idea of it was so intimidating – four weeks of living with just her and doing all the same things every day. I really was expecting the worst but the program ended up only bringing us closer together. Now, barely six months after I enrolled in the program, we get along and support each other rather than pushing and pulling in opposite directions.  

So, two months in – I was happier, healthier, and healing relationships I wouldn’t have ever expected to be able to fix.  Problems were bound to arise at some point, though. I ended a long-term relationship around this time, and a few weeks after that I injured my foot badly enough that I was completely laid up for a week, and in pain for more than a month afterwards. It was so frustrating. My weight loss plateaued and I began to doubt again – what was I going to do once I got home? Would I even be able to maintain the progress I’d made? This was where the friends I’d made within the E/I program and the H3 staff really kept me going. It was so nice to have a support system of people that truly believed in me and pushed me to do better—even if that sometimes meant actually resting my injury rather than pushing myself out of frustration and ultimately making it worse. 

By the time my 14 weeks were up, I had lost nearly 30 inches from my total measurements and 16% of my starting body weight. I was ready to go home and truly feeling confident about what I could accomplish. About a month after I left H3, I hit the 20% mark. Very recently, I got on the scale and, for the first time in years, saw a “1” at the beginning of the number. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to myself for making the decision and following through, and how grateful I am to H3 for helping me begin my journey.

-Kerry Seiberlich; Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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