On Jan. 15 at Welcome All Park and Godby Road Recreation Center, Mullins handed out certificates to 16 senior citizens for completing Phase One of Moon’s Boot camp.
“I did not have anything in mind in reference to this until I saw their motivation,” said Mullins, who is a retired Marine. “When people do things like that they need to be recognized and given some type of rewards for their efforts.”
Barbara Dobyne, who has been training with Mullins since last May, completed the first phase with flying colors.
“Getting the certificate was like winning money because I got an excellent stamp, which means I met my goal,” Dobyne said.
As a result of her consistency and positive attitude, Dobyne has lost weight and lowered her blood sugar by two points.
“Moon’s motivation helped me a whole lot because when I first came in I said I can’t,” Dobyne said. “He said there is no can’t in this camp so you do what you can. I started doing the things I could do and as I did them I found out I could do more.”
Robert Brown is another senior citizen who received a certificate because of his commitment.
“Moon is a good motivator,” said Brown, who has lost a significant amount of weight. “If it wasn’t for Moon I wouldn’t have lost all those pounds and that is the God-honest truth. I have to be pushed. I’m one of those you have to set a fire under.”
Mary Johnson was also surprised by the tangible recognition she received.
“I didn’t have any idea that was going to happen,” Johnson said. “I’m very grateful. Moon is a very dedicated person. His joy comes with knowing we’ve achieved what we’ve set out to achieve.
“For him to think that I have done my share and to reward me for that was more encouragement for me do even better next time.”
While the certificates were not a surprise to Cynthia Hastie, who helped make them, she was just as honored to receive one.
“I put all of my energy into making this a beautiful presentation because I know how hard we all worked to deserve them,” Hastie said.