On April 1, 2013, Human Resources’ Senior Director of Employee Benefits Ann Joiner stepped on the scale at her annual physical and was shocked to see her weight on the scale, and it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke. Ann said, “I knew I'd gained weight, but hadn't realized how bad things were.”
Determined to reverse her weight gain, Ann changed her diet and began walking 10,000 steps at least six days a week. “Last year's pedometer challenge was a great help and could not have come at a better time.”
As a result, Ann has lost 30 pounds since her April 2013 physical. “I have more energy and I don't mind shopping for clothes, although I still don't love shopping. And, according to my last Personal Wellness Profile, I've potentially added years to my life,” Ann said.
To maintain her new lifestyle, Ann steps on the scale more frequently, watches what she eats, and continues to walk. Ann has signed up for the 2014 pedometer challenge and is her team’s captain where she pledges to keep her team motivated and moving. “I'm also planning to try other modes of exercise to change things up and to try to lose the last 10 elusive pounds. It is never too late to change your lifestyle. And, while it's harder to lose weight at age 50-plus, it's not impossible.”
To share your success story of a lifestyle change that has helped you to become healthier and happier, please submit your story online at http://www.american.edu/hr/AhealthyU/Success-Stories.cfm.
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