Today I sit here and can honestly say I am happy to be alive. Life for me started a little over 2 months ago. At 30 years old I really finally feel like nothing can tear me down now. My sister introduced me to her boss, my best friend and mentor, John Neyland. When we first met at one of his book signings I remember going and being in and out. I remember meeting his family but most of all I remember really just having this anxiety about being around all these people I didn’t know. At that time I felt like everyone was staring at me, I remember sitting there and having this over whelming feeling of wanting to just get up and go, but there was something about this man that intrigued me. Having read a little bit of his book “How to Live the Life You’ve Yet to Dream”, and hearing his story and how he didn’t let his life affect him negatively, I wanted to learn from him. I don’t want to say that it didn’t define him, because in a way his life made him into the person that he is now. He now is a great father to his 3 kids, ideally perfect spouse, successful business man and to me an incredibly great friend. Very rarely will you find someone with a heart of gold and sincere about wanting to help people around him.

In the following months I still was kind of going through things, but mostly it was really just a battle I was having with myself. We started having lunches together every other week, that progressed to every week. He was constantly trying to remind me that I am worth it. I AM SPECIAL!!! We started having spa days every Saturday. Just doing things that would make a person feel good. The turning point for me was when we started posting Facebook live videos. Let me tell you, I was real hesitant at first, it took me little bit to warm up to the idea. Hell, I had to get comfortable with idea of being in front of a camera and opening myself completely to the world. When we started that first video I still had quite a bit of anxiety. As his wife propped up the iPad and 7 o’clock got closer, I tried to mentally prepare myself to do something I was still uncomfortable doing. His wife presses that button and there was nothing else I can do, it was starting.

In just an instant my life changed after that first video posted! I didn’t realize how opening myself up to the world like that would help others in the way it has. I started getting messages from people in my past and from people I didn’t know who were inspired. From there my weight loss journey began. With everyone’s encouraging and motivating words it just lit a fire in me that has kept me going thus far. Seven weeks later I’ve lost 30 lbs **YAY ME!!**, going to kick boxing class three times a week and at home work out the other four. Most importantly I have goals set up for myself, weight loss and personal. I have so much to be excited about today. I tell John all the time, and get chocked up every time I tell him; he’s literally saved my life. If it weren’t for him I probably would still be drinking my life away, and waiting for a heart attack or stroke to kill me. Without any hesitation I mean when I say, I finally feel like I have a purpose in this world.

– Yesenia