Losing weight is never easy. This is especially true during a pandemic when people can barely leave their homes, and all routines are turned upside down. But for Ben Cohen, a participant in Thrive Support & Advocacy’s residential program, the pandemic restrictions have given him a new resilience and outlook. Ben has set a goal of losing fifty pounds and is well on his way to achieving that goal.
When the stay at home order hit, Ben was restricted from going to the gym. That’s when he took matters into his own hands. With the help of staff, Ben started walking twice a day. He also changed his eating habits by eliminating sugar from his diet and replacing carbohydrates with various vegetables. His only splurge? Once a week allowing himself to eat and drink whatever he wants, within reason!
Ben realizes exercise is also an essential part of losing weight. He now walks or runs at the local park twice a day. He often logs an impressive five to six miles per day. To date, Ben has lost more than twenty-five pounds and is looking forward to reaching his goal. “I feel healthier and sleep a lot better. Plus, I also feel much lighter and have more energy,” shared Ben. Next on the list of goals to achieve, “learning to prepare and cook an entire meal by myself,” Ben added. We know that whatever Ben puts his mind to, he can do.
Congratulations to Ben Cohen for sharing his resilient spirit and creating a healthier lifestyle for himself.