Real People, Real Stories

What difference can your story make?

At Be Well South Dakota we believe stories can change lives. Real People, Real Stories is dedicated to sharing the stories of individuals who are making strides to a healthy lifestyle. These stories will motivate and encourage you on your wellness journey. If you have a story that you would like to share with us, please fill out the form. By sharing your story, you will inspire and encourage others in their quest for a healthy lifestyle.

Together, we can make a healthier South Dakota…one step at a time!


A New Year, A New Me

by admin on August 2nd, 2013

* A submitted story I have lost 56lbs since March 1, 2013.  After 3 weeks into my weight loss journey, I was taken off my blood pressure medicine.  No more sugar or diet soda and have learned to eat healthy no matter where I am.  We spend our time geocaching and walking. My weight loss …

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Clarity in the Chaos

by admin on June 28th, 2013

*A Submitted Story Like many young adults, alcohol was a huge part of my social life.  Drinking at gatherings was accepted and a part of what we did.  It never seemed odd or out of place.  It never dawned on me that alcohol was the reason we got together, but it was always there. During …

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Healthy Hunter On The Run

by admin on August 20th, 2012

The reality of my wellness journey started on a mid-fall morning. I had been hunting an area along the Missouri River, and I watched a dream deer scale a steep slope and disappear over the ridge. As I reached the top in a weak attempt to follow, it became apparent; my physical fitness limitations had hindered my ability…

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My wellness journey started after what I viewed to be an unsuccessful weight loss competition at work. As I recall, I did lose around 9 pounds over a 12 week period, but my heart wasn’t in it and I didn’t have the desire to continue trying and then the “trifecta” occurred. . . my son, who was 4 ½ at the time, asked me – as he patted my stomach…

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Strong Commitment = Strong Body

by admin on August 20th, 2012

I have had success with different diet plans and fads in the past, but as soon as I was off the plan I would gain everything back. January, 2012 I weighed the most I ever had, so I decided just to get back to the basics. I didn’t start another program, but decided to just track my food and exercise. The changes I have made nutritionally are really…

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