Inspiring Stories About Changing Your Life

by Lee Wang

These days, it’s easy to find ourselves repeating behaviors and habits that no longer serve us. When this happens, it’s often challenging to get out of the ruts. Somehow, we turn them into our sense of reality. While routines are a normal part of life, sometimes breaking free from the boundaries and limitations we’ve set. Regardless of what barriers you’ve constructed, you don’t have to settle for the ordinary.

If you are feeling bored, unhealthy, unmotivated, or disinterested in your career or your personal life, it’s time to set new goals and find the enthusiasm to work towards a happier and healthier you.

If you’re afraid to change, here are some inspiring stories. It’s never too late to redefine you!

“I gave up alcohol to save my life and my family.” – Daniel J. – Age 55

Beer – and later liquor – was a significant part of my life for over 25 years. I started drinking as a teenager because I was in the “cool crowd.” Most events revolved around, or at the very least included, drinking for many years of my life. Even worse, I soon found myself making excuses to drink every night. While I never got into serious trouble like a DUI, I made poor decisions that affected my ability to work and strained my relationships with family members and loved ones. One day I woke up with the worst hangover I ever remember. That was the day I sought help to get free from the chains of alcoholism. I couldn’t stop cold turkey, because doing would put my health at risk, so I checked into a detox center. I knew I had to gain control and put my life back on track. That was over ten years ago. Today, I am proud to help others who are forging their way back to sobriety as a licensed counselor. I am thankful for the chance to help others live free from alcohol.

“I lost 85 pounds and cured my diabetes.” Stefanie P. – Age 42

With a history of diabetes in my family, when my primary care doctor told me I had sugar problems, I wasn’t surprised. What was surprising, though, was the number on the scale when I weighed in. I knew I wasn’t a size 2, but I had no idea I tipped the scale on the north side of 200 pounds.

My doctor put me on some prescriptions and gave me some necessary diet advice to help keep the symptoms under control. He also told me that if I lost weight, there was a good chance I could minimize the symptoms and get off the meds. So, slowly but surely, I began following his advice. I started walking around the block to burn calories, and I cut the most aggravating foods out of my diet completely. Slowly, but surely, pounds and inches started melting off. It took time and effort, but I lost 85 pounds and got off the medications. If I can do it, anyone can.

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