Take Charge! Live Well! Champions
Ohio Department of Transportation
In 2008, one of my co-workers was named the new Wellness Coordinator of our District. At the same time, she wanted to shed a few pounds for her upcoming wedding. We decided to start a Weight Watchers group at work. I had wanted to get in better shape and lose some weight, so I joined the group. We had a Zumba instructor come onsite to teach classes twice a week.
Both the diet and exercise changed my life. I have been attending Weight Watchers meetings ever since and fell in love with the dance, so I’ve continued to attend regular Zumba classes three times a week and kick boxing classes twice a week. I even started playing in a softball league again!
For the past 20 years I had to use an inhaler regularly, particularly after any type of light exercise. I am happy to say that I haven’t used an inhaler since 2009. My physical fitness levels have increased dramatically. I can now jog on the treadmill for extended lengths of time and attend a high-intensity fitness class for an hour without a break.
I choose to walk the stairs at work now instead of the elevator and walk the walking trail at break times when the weather permits. I eat healthy and have changed my eating habits in many ways. I no longer eat when I’m bored or stressed. I only eat when I’m hungry. I have lost 65 lbs., can now wear regular sizes (smaller than ever) instead of plus sizes and I am happy about how I look.
My life has changed for the better and I’m a happier person on the inside and out. I turned 50 in April and I have more energy now than I did when I was in my 30’s. I feel beautiful every day and I am so proud of myself for the woman I have become!
Barb before and since her lifestyle change
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