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If you hadn’t seen him in a while, you might not recognize Robert Sandoval, a Foodservice worker IV at Florence Moore Dining Hall for Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE). Robert has made healthy lifestyle changes and is inspiring others to do the same, epitomizing R&DE’s commitment to wellness.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness means feeling great and being at my very best at work and in life.
How would you describe your wellness journey?
I started by completing the SHALA, Wellness Profile and Berries. Successfully completing those steps took me to new horizons. I became a cyclist with the Stanford Cycling Team and plan to compete in the near future. Being a member of the team inspires, motivates and fulfills my passion for the outdoors. I’ll be attending charity rides like Bike4Breath and Cycle for Sight this year. Next year, I hope to compete in the Cats Hill Classic race.
This change has created a happier person inside. I feel so great that I can’t wait until the alarm clock goes off at 5 a.m. to go to the gym or ride outside and think about what nutritious meal I’m going to have. I’ve become a more positive and more spiritual person.
What inspired the change?
I want to live a longer life, and I want to retire and look back at happiness.
How is your life different now?
Losing 50 pounds made me a happier, healthier and more energetic person. I now have a blissful passion to work and inspire others. At my job, I give 110% and really enjoy what I do. I hope to inspire others with my weight loss and work ethic.
When people ask me how I did it, I tell them that it started with BeWell. I tell them to forget Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem and other diets. Stanford’s BeWell program is a way of life that works, and the BeWell vision matches the R&DE vision of achieving a better way of life, giving 110% and making today a better day.
What would you like our readers to learn from your story?
You can be transformed into a happier, healthier person and adapt to a new way of life. I am living proof that change is possible, and this conviction really does come from my heart. I am healthier than I have ever been in my life, and I’m so much happier, motivated and inspired. We can all benefit from BeWell, and we can all change for the better.
Interview conducted by Julie Croteau and edited by Lane McKenna.