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 2 of my favorite activities – fitness centers and good food. One of the places my mom found was Hilton Head Health, 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 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.
Hilton Head Health went beyond my expectations – and they were pretty high! The fitness classes were appropriate for athletic and fitness abilities of all types. Even as an instructor myself, I have to admit that Jeff and Amy kicked my butt. The food was excellent. Each meal and snack had calorie amounts for all of the foods and suggested calorie intake. I was definitely surprised about how well I ate and that I was never hungry, even on a 1200 calorie diet. The lectures were all fantastic, and I gained insight into things like dealing with food cravings, planning your meals, and making smart (or unwise-better-best) choices when dining out.