At the beginning of 2012 our market manager asked us to list our goals, both personal and professional. I did not put “lose 60 pounds” because at that point, on that day, I didn’t think I had it in me to try and fail yet again.
As 2012 draws to a close, I decided to look at the list and I found that I accomplished some of the things on that list, while others are well underway.
My list included:
1) Read a book every month that inspires me.
2) Spend time with my family because, “the best kind of life is surrounding yourself with people you love who love you back.”
3) Enjoy the outdoors; make an effort to be outside as much as possible.
4) Give away free things, a smile, advice, a shoulder, support.
Early in 2012, I read the book “The New Atkins Diet.” Just to read it mind you… I said then…just to read. (See #1 – read a book).
In February, the bank I was working for was acquired by Susquehanna Bank. One of the first things I saw on the company intranet was a Walking Works program offered by Susquehanna’s Wellness Committee. My branch buddy, Michelle, and I both signed up. At lunch I walked to Walmart and purchased a pedometer. Later that day, I signed up for Walking Works and thought that would be the perfect day to try that Atkins diet.
Each day, I carpool to work with my husband. I asked him to start dropping me off about 10 minutes away from the office so I can walk the rest of the way to work. At lunch I eat salad and walk about 35 minutes. Lucky for me, State College has plenty of nice sidewalks. After work I walk with my husband, three kids and three dogs, and I find that those are the times I connect and talk to the kids. They really open up along a mile-long walk, you learn so much about how they feel and what happened during their day. (See goals two and three – I accomplished both in one act! Talk about multitasking!).
As far as the food, I circled every acceptable food in the Atkins book and made a plan. Along the way I started to think about what I like and how I can make it into a healthier version. I had cravings at first but not anymore because I am seeing the scale move. Anything I serve my family for dinner, I can add a salad or turn into a salad.
I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything, especially when I get on the scale twice a week. My clothing is looser, I can wear jeans I haven’t been able to wear in three years, my watch spins around my wrist, I have worn out a pair of sneakers and, I wear a belt. A belt I say! Something I have never needed!
Recently, my husband said something that brought tears to my eyes: “you know you are saving your life.” Oh my gosh….I am saving MY LIFE! I am saving my life. Wow!
As I look back, it’s interesting to see how the stars aligned – I established the goals, accomplished goal number one, by reading the Atkins book, and accomplished goals two and three by spending time walking outdoors with my family. What changed? Maybe I matured and became more determined or maybe things just fell into place. I do know, if the Walking Works program had not come along, I would not have lost this weight.
I have been asked to be the chairperson for the Spring 2013 Walking Works program, which will also allow me to pursue goal number four, give advice and support to others.
A year later, I’ve been able to maintain a 30 pound weight loss. Now, it is time to kick it back into gear and get the other 30 pounds off. The difference this year is that I know I can do it. I have already made my new list of goals and not much has changed. I still want to read a book a month; spend as much time as I can with my family and be outdoors. This year I made “lose 30 pounds” a goal because I know I will do it, AND I also plan to run at least three 5K’s. I don’t know when or where but I will be out there. And come spring, I will be leading the pack as chairperson of the Walking Works campaign because if anyone knows that walking works…it is me.
This guest blog post was written by Donna, Customer Service Representative for Susquehanna’s State College Office.