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Juanita P.



Durham, NC

Organizer since:

May 27, 2014

Why have you decided to start your journey to wellness?

My road to wellness began after my 40th birthday. I hated the way I felt and looked. My energy was low and I felt so bloated. I did not like being short of breath after going up a flight of stairs or how uncomfortable I felt in my clothes. So February 2012, I started working out. That was the worst experience ever! I was out of shape and in a lot of pain. My knees popped and my right hip hurt. I remember dreading working out with my personal trainer. However, I got used to it. I enjoyed working out, eating right, and the increased energy I was experiencing. UPDATE: I had lost a total of 70 pounds, then I suffered a major loss. I started doing what most people do when they are stressed; comfort eating. I gained 35 pounds. Now I am back on track, working out and eating right once again. I learned it is important to keep going no matter what happens in life. If you fall off the horse, dust yourself off and get back on it!

How can we help you achieve your wellness goals?

Having a support network always helps. When you are accountable to others, you are much more likely to succeed.

When would you like to achieve your wellness goals?

I would like to lose about 75 pounds by June/July.


As a healthcare professional, I have seen the devastating effects of Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to prevent it from occurring in myself, my family, and especially, prevent it in my patients. I have made the decision to promote wellness.

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