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Congratulations to our 2023 Summer 8 Week #1uptransformationchallenge Male 3rd place $4,000 cash prize winner Summer Abel Banko @abelbanko
This is his story
“I consider myself somewhat a veteran in the world of fitness. And yet, despite having over a decade of weight lifting under my belt, I face a daily and constant battle against myself in this journey of fitness, often centered around food. For as long as I remember, I have been in a struggle of trying to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even just within the last year I’ve fluctuated dramatically in weight in cycles of strict adherence to a diet and free-for-all “bulking.”
For as long as I remember, food has been how I cope with anything negative in my life. In part through these challenges, and in part through the support of my close friends and family, I realize more and more everyday how small decisions - decisions towards health - are the only way to make progress towards being free. My decision to pursue health isn’t about just looking good or performing well, it’s about being in control, and not letting these external vices get to decide how I react to things around me. Everyone in the 1Up team, especially all the people I see on Facebook all the time, show me daily that real change is possible. I’m nowhere near where I want to be, and I may never really “arrive,” but I know that this journey is worth it. #BecomeBetter”