Throughout life, many will encounter
a special person who will change their lives forever. This person
can be anyone, a teacher, a parent or even a sibling. For me, this
person was Dr. Ted Cibik. During the past two years, Ted has aided
me in transforming myself into a totally new person. Because of him,
I have learned to love myself for who I am.
I have also adopted a
healthy new lifestyle as a result of his guidance.
life as an overweight child, in my opinion, is one of the most
painful experiences one may ever have to endure. I struggled with
obesity for as long as I could remember. Then, at 16 years old, I
decided I wanted to change my life, and change it permanently.
My mother and I decided that working with a personal trainer
might yield the most successful results. After weeks of inquiry, we
learned of Dr. Cibik and the fitness and wellness center that he
operates called Inner Strength INC. I scheduled an appointment with
Ted, and went in for an initial analysis. Being told by a
professional that I needed to lose one hundred pounds absolutely
overwhelmed me. I was sure it was impossible, and I began to accept
the fact that I would be overweight for life.
however, was not going to give up on me so easily. He told me that I
needed to begin an exercise regiment of personal training with him.
If I were to lose weight I would also need to adhere to a strict low
calorie diet. The word diet always struck a tender nerve with
me because I had experienced my share of diet mishaps, none of which
resulted in any weight loss. I was reluctant to try Ted’s plan of
action but he wouldn’t allow me to say no. He has an indescribable
ability to give a person confidence when they need it most. I think
that is why he has changed my life so much.
adjusted to my new lifestyle was difficult at first, but soon it
became habit. I can by no means say it was easy, but I stuck it out.
Ted was always ready to push me to the limit. There were times when
I became extremely frustrated and I was tempted to revert back to my
old lifestyle but I never did. I never quit because of Ted and all
of his encouragement.
of the support that he gave me paid off. Today I am 110 pounds
lighter then I was the first time I stepped into his office. I have
learned so much from this inspiring individual. Ted has taught me
lessons that I can use throughout my entire life. Diligence and
confidence are two virtues that can be applied to any situation.
Because of Ted I am a stronger and more determined individual. I am
more prepared for the real world and the adult life that will soon
Mary Kate Bashline