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Page 2C NEIGHBORS Hays Free Press • March 27, 2013 Introducing the AllA00't,und Hays Healthy [ iJ e Makeover participants n the March issue of AllAround Hays, we asked for local residents to join us in our quest to be healthy. In this series of stories, we will # help participants throw out  the mentality of dieting and, instead, focus on permanently / t ] changing their lifestyle to ::.'A encourage healthy habits.  We selected five people t" to share their journey with our readers. Below, we introduce you to Holly, Greg, Sara, Crystal and Ke]sey. In their own i words, they describe why they want a healthy life makeover. Holly Raymond I am Holly Raymond, a 34-year-old Kyle resident, mother of three incredibly active kids, Hays School Board Trustee, Board Member of the Hays CISD Education Foundation andVP of Finance and Operations at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. And with all of that activity, convenience and stress eating, worry and fatigue, and the rationalizations of"I don't have enough time to exercise" can all too easily creep in. I've long struggled with weight, gaining RAYMOND and losing the same 25 pounds countless times. Each time, the discipline of dieting and appetite for activity just doesn't sustain. Being part of the Healthy Living Makeover can be the catalyst I need to make permanent healthy changes for myself and my family. I would love to keep a journal about the experience and would be thrilled to be chosen to participate. Thank you for your consideration. Greg Estes My name is Greg, and I am 39 years old. Six years ago, I had open-heart surgery. What I thought was exercise-related chest pain turned out to be a life-threatening hole in my heart. Recovery was tough. I am now working on improving my eating habits and lowering my stress levels to help prevent future problems. My goals are to lose 15 pounds, lower my ESTES cholesterol level, and learn more relaxation techniques. When my stress level is high, I tend to lose sleep and eat more, leading to weight gain and a feeling of sluggishness, which further add to my stress. I would be a good candidate for this program because most people find it hard to believe a 33- year old could need open-heart surgery and a lifestyle change! I am willing to keep a journal and heed to advice of the program's nutrition, fitness, and gardening experts. Thank you. Sara Parsley I am a 32-year-old mother of 3 who moved to Kyle from south west Louisiana in August. My husband works in Oklahoma for months at a time, so I am basically the only parent. My cooking skills are all inherited from long lines of Cajun and Italian meals, which means loads of rice, potatoes, noodles, gravies, breads and red meats. PARSLEY I've cooked these meals since I was 7, re-teaching myself to cook seems impossible. Desperate for a change, I recently started going to Elite BodyWorks. I go 5 days a week. It's very hard work but looking at my children I know this change is necessary. I won't be around forever but I have to make sure my time isn't cut short because of poor choices and lack of motivation. I would love to have more help to make the best of my time especially in the kitchen. Crystal Luna Hi, I'm Crystal. I'm 5'6", 250 lbs (55% of which is fat). WoK Makes me cringe just typing that. My lifestyle change desire started several weeks back when my 5 year old called me fat. I knew I was heavy but hearing it from my child, now that was a slap to my senses. At that moment, I vowed to drop the excess weight (75 lbs to be exact) and change my life in a lasting and meaningful way, not just for me but for my daughter as well. My commitment and resolve is strong. I feel I could really be a wonderful contribution to your program. Through my joumal writing, eagerness and positive attitude I believe that I could reach my goals and maybe be an inspiration for someone struggling with obesity. It's never too late to change your future and my life-changing journey starts now. LUNA Kelsey Harmon Hello, My name is Kelsey Harmon and I am an anthropology student at Texas State University. I would like to participate in the Healthy Living Makeover because I want to learn what it takes to lead a healthy lifestyle in today's society. I have realized that I'm a21 year old who is out of shape, not just in the weight sense, but also in my habits. I eat out a lot, HARMON drive to everything, complain about taking the stairs, and spend very little time outdoors. My goal is simple: to look in the mirror and be happy with myself. To know that even lfI don't look like a model, I am doing everything I can to take care of my body and be the best me I can be. I would be a great candidate because I would be able to show the younger generations the importance of making good habits now, rather than fighting to break them years down the road when it is harder. I am determined and push myself 120% in anything I commit myself to doing. Thank you for your time and consideration! Follow their progress in meeting their personal goals over the next few months in All Around Hays. COMPUTER WERKS ADWARE • SPYWARE MALWARE • VIRUSES On-Site Removal (requires broadband internet access) • Norton Internet Security and Anti-Virus 2010 • Mfr Rebates Available to Previous Owners m FARMER00 Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO ° HOME ° LIFE ° BOAT ° HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C ° Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 ° Fax: 312-0688 Email: dvthames@ ausfin.rr.com Monday-Friday, 9am-5p m Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated Ride to Recover'/returns SUBMITTED REPORT On Monday, Apr. 8, more than 200 injured veterans and their supporters will begin a 375-mile trek from San Antonio to FortWorth in the fifth Unit- edHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Texas Challenge. Active duty and retired military members will ride road bikes, hand cycles, recumbents and tandems, many of which have been modified to accom- modate injuries. Ride 2 Recovery, a 501(c) 3, helps injured veterans im- prove their health and wellness through individual and group cycling. Cycling has proven to be a catalyst in the recovery process by providing a new physical challenge while con- currently helping to cope with the mental challenges. The Ride 2 Recovery long-distance, multi-day events challenge each rider individually to meet personal goals, to ride with oth- ers who have similar experienc- es and to find ways to cope with their "new normal" through cycling and camaraderie. R2R enables service men and women to ride no matter their disabilities. Most riders are part of the R2R Project HERO program at aWarrior Transi- tion Unit or V.A. where they are using cycling to aid in their re- habilitation. All four branches of the military regularly send service men and women to R2R Challenges. On April 9, the riders will head from San Marcos to Aus- tin, touching the west sides of Kyle and Buda on their way. HERE IS THE ROUTE THE RIDERS WILL TAKE FROM SAN MARCOS: • Turn RIGHT (East) onto IX 82 Loop [University Dr] • Turn LEFT (North) onto Post Rd • Keep STRAIGHT onto Post Rd [Old Post Rd] • Keep STRAIGHT onto Old San Antonio - Austin Post Rd [Old TX Road name changes to CR 140 [Post Rd] • Turn LEFT (West) onto CR 136 [S Old Stage Coach Rd] • Road name changes to N Old ......... Stage Coach Rd [N Old Stagecoach Rd] • Road name changes to FM 2770 [FM 2770] • Keep STRAIGHT onto FM 2770 [Jack C Hays Trail] • Turn LEFT (North) onto FM 1626 [S FM 1626] • Keep STRAIGHT onto FM 1626 [N FM 1626] p avoid future tree trimming, potential power interruptions by planting power lines in mind. Remember: When trees and vegetation come in contact with power lines, electric service can be interrupted. Dry branches and leaves also can increase the risk of fire if they • o voo interfere with lines. 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