“H3 went beyond my expectations – and they were pretty high!”

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.