Meet our ’16 winners!
I have struggled with my weight for my entire life. I have always lived in the shadows of those three numbers that haunt me. I feel like I am judged for everything I do and everything I eat. I have been made fun of my entire life for the way I look, so turned to the only comfort for me: food. I always felt as though food wouldn’t judge me for my size, and I felt like I could be myself. I have gone through more diets than any person can imagine. There was a dark period in my life where I thought not eating at all would help.
I have been to doctors who have looked me in the eyes and told me it would be impossible for me to lose any weight on my own. I have to work ten times harder just to walk up a hill or run across the street. Sometimes it is just a struggle to walk down a couple of blocks.
It wasn’t until I learned how to accept the fact that I was fat that I got closure. However, I don’t want that closure. I want to be able me and dance. I want to be able to wear junior’s clothes. I don’t want to feel the shame of walking through plus size aisles and feel like everyone is staring at me. I want to have the opportunity to live my life the happiest and healthiest it can be. I wish that I was able to do it on my own, but I know I need a push that will help me.
Imagine me, tall and proud, entering a new chapter into my life, gaining new experiences, making new friends, and learning how to live a better life. I know I am up for the challenge of running a mile. I’m up for the challenge of waking up bright and early, learning how to control my eating, and learning how to live a healthy life. Imagine me, down a couple pounds walking through my school hallway, not having to worry about people laughing at me. I am up for the challenge of learning how to live my happiest life.
I’m very excited about participating in your program and I know I’m up for the challenge. I’m up for the challenge because I would rather lose weight than die from obesity. I want people to acknowledge me once in my life like a seen in the ground, just waiting to escape from this shell and bloom into something new and beautiful. I feel like a flower at the end of its life cycle, but at this New Image Camp I can feel better about myself. I just get angry and cry because I see 100 pound girls running, skipping and playing while I’m in the back trying to keep up because I’m 200 and plus pounds. I really want the best in life so if you choose me I promise to work hard and never give up, so that I will be able to wear a bikini at the age of 14. I am not trying to say I’m going to be a size zero when I accomplish this program but I want to do all the things normal sized kids can do. I know this will show the world the real person in the outside that I am on the inside. I want to run up the block and not lose my breath. I want to go up the stairs and not lose my breath. I want to go to the amusement parks and not worry about exceeding the weight limit. If I could get on my knees and beg for this campership I would because I want to feel good about myself and my life and I would probably get around easier. Sometimes if I’m walking down the street I can hear people whispering about me and staring at me. I fear my life’s is danger. I just want to come out of the shadows and shine in the light. l just get tired of hearing people talk about me. I think this is one of the reason I am obese. I went through a surgery for my back because I had scoliosis. During my summer 2015 I wasn’t very active because I was healing. When i was beginning to write this letter to your camp I just sat at my desk very frustrated and disappointed how my weight got out of hand. I am scared that I will be in the operating room for another spinal fusion or other health issues. I ask God everyday why I’m this size because it feels like I’m dying on the inside. I pray that God would change me one of these days and hopefully the day will come if I go to this camp. Please find it in your hearts to choose me as one of the girls that will be going to the New Image Camp this summer!
I am overweight, and everything I have tried in order to lose weight has not worked. I’ve tried eating less and getting more exercise, but it still doesn’t seem to work.
I believe this camp is my best chance to achieve a healthy weight. There are people who are morbidly obese in my family, and I don’t want to look like that or deal with the health problems that overweight people face.
Unfortunately, my parents are having financial troubles at the moment. They can’t afford to pay for the camp. In order for me to go to this camp, I have to get a scholarship.
I enjoy cooking very much, and I would like to know how to prepare healthy and delicious meals. This way I can help my family to save money and be healthy.
I like to do physical activity as well; I am a white belt at UMS Tae Kwon Do, but plan to go all the way to black belt. I have never gotten a chance to go to a camp where I spend the whole summer there. If I go to this camp, I will be with people who are in the same place as me- overweight and/or bullied. I got bullied in the sixth grade when I wore shirts my size, and this year I started wearing shirts that were 3 sizes larger so I would look skinny.
I am very hardworking. I have a GPA of 3.82 and work hard to earn that. I also do yard work with my dad.
I am also adaptable, so I can adjust to a new environment faster than others. I am very social and kindhearted (but not very humble), so I make friends fast. I always try my hardest, and if I don’t succeed the first time I always try again. I live by the quote “carpe diem!” which means “seize the day” in Latin. I am always open to new experiences and happy to try new things, whether it is Ethiopian food or a new sport. I am a very creative person, and I have a great sense of humor. I draw cartoons and write stories. I enjoy being in nature and going on hikes. The things I struggle with are not getting enough regular exercise and portion control.
If I get selected to go to New Image Camp, I can learn portion control and ways to exercise that will keep me healthy for the rest of my life. So, I’m ready for the challenge, I’m ready to change. I can do this, so I say “Imagine me, being healthy, fit and capable of cooking healthy meals!” Can you imagine me? Because I sure can! I am up for the challenge! Bring it on!
Most people, I would imagine (no pun intended) would say, “I imagine myself being skinny, handsome, etc.” But no, I am not like most people. For this essay I am going to search deep inside my brain and heart to find all the things I hope to be one day. By the way, I want to be all those things I mentioned earlier but I do not want to be cliche and say what everyone else would for this essay.
First, I imagine myself being involved in the law when I grow up. (The good side of it). The reason I want to have a career in law is because all I have ever wanted to do is save someone’s life, no matter who they are. As a lawyer, I can save someone’s life by putting a criminal in jail. As a police officer, I could save people who were being held hostage. I could go on forever and ever on this topic and all the different ways someone’s life could he saved, but I’d rather not bore you to death.
Second, I imagine myself being healthy. Being unhealthy can lead to not being able to do many things I want to accomplish in my life. For example, I will not he able to see my grandkids if I do not stay healthy to live long, and I would love to teach my kids everything that I know. Being a police officer takes a lot of physical fitness if I am not healthy I will not be physically fit for the job. Plus, if I stay healthy I will not have to be in a wheelchair or use a cane.
Third, I imagine myself getting married when I grow up. I imagine seeing a beautiful woman every time I wake up and open my eyes. To me I think that marriage is a wonderful thing and I really hope I will get married one day. There are pros and cons to getting married, but in my opinion I think that there are more pros than cons. I know I am just a kid and I should not care about this this early in any life, but I do (pun was intended this time).
In conclusion, I imagine myself doing many things in the future, and I have many more than what I have told you. I hope I can accomplish all of these dreams that I have.