Each month, a client at SFBFS is featured for success and growth. This month’s client spotlight is:
Sherrie Kelley - April 2014
Sherrie Kelley wanted to learn how to grow her own fruits and vegetables in an effort to save money, while trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. She learned that Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (SFBFS) held free gardening classes in the new Demonstration Garden in Oak Park and decided to sign up for Intro to Gardening.
SFBFS' Demonstration Garden serves as a resource and teaching tool for SFBFS' clients and is growing every day to serve more families in the community. The Demonstration Garden includes a greenhouse, composting and vermicomposting bins, large production beds along with other demonstration areas. Future plans for the garden include an outdoor kitchen where clients can learn to prepare food they cultivate and harvest.
After a few months of classes she shared with SFBFS Garden Coordinator, Greg Norrish her incredible weight loss journey.
In March of 2013, Sherrie weighed 100 pounds more than her healthy weight and began a battle with her health. She felt sluggish and tired all the time. She completely lost all her energy for daily tasks. "Honestly, I felt terrible," she says.
Following the advice of a friend, Sherrie went to the doctor for blood work and learned about her high cholesterol, her poorly-working thyroid and her pre-diabetic state. Her doctor then explained potential outcomes of diabetes including hair loss, heart disease and early death. Sherrie has no more option, she must lose the weight.
In just one year, Sherrie shed 100 pounds and plans to lose 10 more. "Before I'd grab a bag of chips and eat the entire bag. That would be my dinner," she says. "I learned you can't do that if you're trying to lose weight. You have to moderate your portions, exercise and drink water. You have to incorporate all of these things for a healthy lifestyle."
Today, Sherrie loves kale smoothies and butternut squash! Her new garden is now producing enough food to share with her neighbors.
Sherrie is also dedicated to improving the lives of others. "If I can help one person to lose weight or avoid diabetes, I'd feel blessed. You have to want to take the weight off. There has to be a want there. If you have the commitment, it's absolutely possible," she says. "It's a lot of hard work but what you're working towards is a life-changing attitude."
We wish Sherrie the best of luck on the rest of her journey.
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