It really is true that the best part of Go Sugar Free is the people. Today’s scholarship winners are no exception.
We received more than 10 times the number of applications as scholarship seats available. Elliot and I spent the whole of last night and this morning reading through and watching the essays and videos. It was extremely tough to narrow down, and we felt it a massive privilege to read each essay and watch each video. To say the least, we feel like we got to know dozens of inspiring people.
Here are winners of the Winter 2015 Go Sugar Free Scholarships:
Kristen, Amanda, Linda, and Rivky
“Hi, my name is Linda Rosky. I am 70 years old and would love to improve my health…I would love the chance to do your program. I am competitive and almost always follow through with what I try. I have completed 4 – ½ walking marathons and really felt good about it…I love veggies and fruit but also have become more addicted to sugary foods. I know I never feel as good as when I am not eating sugar…I hope you will at least think about having a 70 year old in your program. I am not a quitter.”
“Hi! My name is Rivky – I’m a 25 year old accountant that lives in Michigan with my husband and beautiful baby boy…
When I first found out about ‘Go Sugar Free’ I thought it seemed really amazing…I’ve thought about the class a lot since I last submitted the application.
I started paying more attention to my eating habits and cravings. I noticed how I opened the fridge and glanced at the vegetable drawer, only to close it and go for the sweets. I noticed how I polished off any extra baked goods that were left over in my house. I noticed how whenever my husband and I took a stroll we inevitably purchased (at my request) a sugary drink. These observations were painful for me because I finally had to face the truth: I am an addict! And I’m asking for help.
Go Sugar Free is a perfect solution to my problem. I would have the education and support I need to take control of my life and eating choices. I don’t want to be a slave to dessert and sugary drinks. Freedom is not eating whatever one wants to. True freedom is having the inner ability to look at something that one wants in the moment and say a resounding ‘No!’ No – this is not good for me, I will regret this and I want something better for myself.”
Rivky actually applied last round too, and even though we couldn’t give her a seat last time, that didn’t stop her from trying again. We love that. It represents a truth about finding success going sugar free: never count yourself out. Keep trying because you never know when your effort is going to stick.
Thank you to everyone who entered. There were so many deserving entries that Elliot and I will be working to be able to include even more seats in the future.
Kristen, Amanda, Linda, and Rivky, welcome to Go Sugar Free. I’m thrilled to have you.