Hopefully you are all still on track with your New Year’s resolutions. The benefits of staying on track pay off, but it definitely takes time as evidenced in next success story: Sharon Rusch, Appleton Northland Asst. Front End Manager and Cashier Trainer at Festival Foods. Sharon’s Journey…….. I had struggled with my weight on and off for a good part of my life and once I had my kids it just seemed impossible to do anything that would take it off...plus it was so much weight that I figured it would never happen. In the fall of 2009, my doctor wanted to put me on medication for pre-diabetes (diabetes and heart disease both run in my family). I didn't want to go on it, so she told me that I would need to lose weight. I didn't do anything right away, but with the stress of the holidays I managed to lose 20 pounds without even knowing it. I figured why not take that small loss and keep going? In January of 2010, I started working with a personal trainer doing weight training two times a week and doing 60-90 minutes of cardio every day. The combination of exercise and a low-carb, high-protein eating plan seemed to melt the pounds away. Working at Festival helped too because I got so much positive support from my co-workers. Plus having the option of a salad bar and the 500 Club sandwiches made it easier to make quick, positive meal choices. A little more than a year later I have lost a total of 75 pounds! I continue to weight train two times a week with a trainer. Accountability is key for me and knowing that she's waiting at the gym at 5:00 a.m. is a huge motivation. I continue to do cardio, although not quite as much, because I have added in a dance class. I continue to follow a low-carb and high protein diet, although I've learned how to give myself a bit more flexibility and not have it affect the number on the scale. I would still like to lose about ten more pounds, but I'm very pleased with what I've accomplished. It has changed my life in so many ways. I never thought I'd be a runner, but last November I ran the two-mile portion of the Turkey Trot and plan on doing the five-mile in 2011! I have so much more energy for my family and also at work. It certainly makes all the running around on the front end easier! Congratulations Sharon! Sharon’s transformation has energized not only her but those around her as well. Annette and Sharon are exceptions to the statistics. I hope you are still on track and that your journey will make you an exception to the statistics too. Happy New Year!
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