Students impressed by Wessels' weight-loss success

Oct 1, 2012

From an experience standpoint, this past week was absolutely wonderful. On Tuesday, I was given the opportunity to be the introductory speaker for the seventh-grade class STEM project at Briar Middle School.  The students were beginning a project on healthy living, and the staff asked me to come in and discuss everything that I’ve gone through in the past nine months.

It was an opportunity to share with them that it hasn’t been an easy journey, but that with the help of lots of different individuals, I’ve been able to achieve success.  

I also spent part of the presentation detailing the changes I’ve made to my diet, and how it has helped me to “get my life back.”  While this presentation was intended to be a “launch point” for their project, I felt as though it was just as important for me, as it helped to remind me of where I was, where I am now, and what I need to do to ensure that I keep moving in the right direction.
At the end of the presentation, the kids had some wonderful questions for me, from asking if I’d go out of town to “run” a 5K, to what my favorite vegetable was.  Perhaps the biggest shock to the students was when I told them that I hadn’t eaten pizza in nine months.  The looks on some of their faces were priceless.

While I wasn’t able to get to the gym as much as I’d like this past week, I was still able to work out three times.  My after-school schedule has become a bit hectic and will remain so for the next few weeks, as I’m doing PA work at least two nights a week for Perkins football and soccer. I am alsoramping up my Model United Nations group for its December trip to Columbus.  

I’m doing my best to ensure that I get the work in that I need to get in when the time is available.