Bobbie White says she wants to be a role model for her kids and that includes living a healthy lifestyle. She says she realized she needed to make some lifestyle changes after losing her father to complications from Type II Diabetes when he was just 57-years-old. Her father isn’t the only one in Bobbie’s family who suffers from health problems. Both of Bobbie’s sisters also have Type II Diabetes.
“It’s very scary for me. I don’t want to lose my sisters and I don’t want to get diabetes,” said Bobbie.
Bobbie says her overall goals are to lose weight and create healthy eating habits for her and her family. It hasn’t been easy though. Bobbie says when she first started working out and eating healthy she actually gained weight, but thanks to support from friends she is not giving up.
“Cheryl Weixel has been the most helpful; she encourages me, understands my frustration with the weight gain and tells me how it really is. She is very straightforward,” said Bobbie when talking about her support system.
Before taking action to try and become healthier herself as well as provide a healthier lifestyle for her children Bobbie says she would have described herself as unhappy and overweight. Now she says she would describe herself as being aware, hopeful and loving. We will continue to check in with Bobbie throughout her journey to a healthier life.
We checked in with Bobbie about six months after she started her journey for a healthier life. She says at first she was really excited but then reality sets in and it gets much harder. It's something the majority of people can probably relate to, having a hard to planning time to exercise and make sure all your other tasks get accomplished as well. Another hang-up people tend to struggle with is getting into a routine.
Although Bobbie has encountered a few bumps in the road she has definitely made some improvements since she started her journey, and she's not giving up. She says now the awareness is there, it's just making time for everything. We will continue to check in with Bobbie as she continues her quest for a healthier life.