I decided to enter because I wanted to eat healthier, become more active and live a healthier lifestyle. I have changed my eating habits by reducing my portion size, reducing my carbohydrates and fats from my diet. This is always tough to do but it has made a big difference in my strength and energy levels throughout the day. I have made the changes in my schedule by getting to bed earlier, getting up earlier to exercise and taking the time to plan my meals so I can ensure I am making better food choices. My “Why” has always been myself and my kids. I want to live a healthier life to reduce my blood pressure, stay active and to keep up with my kids and their activities.
For the past 5 years, I have struggled with my weight. I’ve never really been thin and I could never stick to a weight loss plan for more than a week or two, not to mention having babies and working full time. Then, Lighten Up East Texas came into the picture! When the contest came around, I made a commitment to myself and my family, that I was losing the weight and it was staying off. I loved getting the email updates and encouragement. They reminded me I wasn’t in this alone, and getting on the Facebook page to see other people working just as hard really helped.
I was able to participate in the Fresh 15k and I beat my time from last year by 5 minutes. Talking with my co-workers that were participating helped and we kept each other in check when there was cake in the breakroom. My clothes were a bit looser, my energy a lot higher and my self esteem was much stronger. The numbers flickered and my fate was revealed, I lost a total of 22 lbs!! I am still in shock that I accomplished such a feat! I hadn’t seen that number on a scale in almost 7 years, and there it was glowing and bright just like the smile on my face! I feel better overall and the only downside to walking on the path is the fact that i now have to buy new clothes because everything is too big!
Thank you Lighten Up East Texas for being my support system and giving me the opportunity to better my life for myself and my family!!
Every year, LUET reminds me that making good choices, sticking with healthy foods and regular exercise are always important. I am committed to taking care of myself, but, let’s face it, winter blues and the bombardment of holiday “treats” from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s day can sidetrack even the most committed of health nuts.
LUET helps me refocus on my long term commitment to good health and healthy choices with the support of others at my company who are also participating in LUET. We create teams that help encourage each other and stay focused. Our corporate LUET leader sends out educational and encouraging emails throughout the LUET program, which helps me to stay on track and committed.