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Congratulations to our 2021 Fall 8 Week #1uptransformationchallenge Male 1st place $10,000 cash prize winner Dana Sam
“My name is Dana Sam. I am 40 years old. I’ve been trying to do these challenges for a while now but always ended up failing. I’ve been through every type of adversity you could think of, you name it I’ve been through it. I joined the 1UP Transformation Challenges because I was overweight and out of shape. That only led me straight to the hospital where I found out I had diabetes. I had no energy to play with my kids and that hurt me. I wanted to get my health on track and do it for my children. They used to cry when I’d take my insulin shots or check my blood sugar. I’d had enough! I wanted my children to have someone to be proud of. To show them that no matter what life throws at you, you keep going to achieve your goals and dreams.
There were a lot of times when I wanted to give up, to quit, to eat and have a cheat meal, but every time I looked at them and remembered that ugly feeling of being how I use to be, it pushed me to keep going. My daughter was probably the biggest reason why I didn’t quit. She helped me a lot, from helping me with her younger siblings to driving for me, she was my biggest helper. She worked out with me, helped me workout, pushed me, helped measured me up and recorded my weight, took my pictures. She was a big part of this win. It’s good to have someone like that around to help while you’re going through something like this.
I just put my head down and went to work. When you put in that work in and it’s hard work, the work always shows itself. I could say this and that for people to stay on track or try to help them but honestly for me I’d be lying, it comes from within, your mindset. You have to believe in yourself. Take things one day at a time. I’m forever grateful for this opportunity and will do my best to be a part of the 1UP Nutrition team this coming year. I am really looking forward to it.”