In 2013 the Women’s Health Conference featured inspiring stories of role models who work towards health: mental, physical and emotional. Sarah Brindle is a role model in her actions: instead of using food to cover up issues Sarah now uses food for fuel. She enjoys exercising and likes bike riding, swimming, walking, and skiing. Sarah is a champion for health in the community.
Sarah knew from an early age that she was good at helping others and found great value in doing things well. Not only did she graduate from a private college and find success in work, she decided to attend graduate school for counseling and truly dedicate her life to helping others. Sarah always felt good about her accomplishments, but she couldn’t say the same about how she felt about herself, until now. On July 11th 2011 she took a giant leap of faith; she fully committed to change her eating habits and working through concerns she used food to cover. More importantly she changed the way she thought about herself; she came to understand that she could love herself just the way she is including her imperfections. It was this love and respect for herself that allowed for the ability to make healthy choices.
One day of change lead to two then three and now it has been just over three years since her leap of faith, and Sarah has lost over 150 pounds. Sarah had spent plenty of time thinking about others and finally took time to think about herself. And look how’s it’s paid off, that size 6 must feel pretty good. Instead of using food to cover up issues Sarah now uses food for fuel. She enjoys exercising and likes bike riding, swimming, walking, and skiing. Now that she has shed the layers and baggage, both physically and emotionally, she is the real Sarah.
Sarah believes that health is a process- there is no “perfect” and although we can’t control how others treat us, we can control how we treat, talk to, and feed ourselves. Sarah’s message to everyone is to- Live boldly, take a leap, be vulnerable, use your support, and see how good it can be. Anything is possible!