As good as we are at watching what we eat, sometimes we do slip and have a little too much (or a few too many sweet treats). There is a program where I work that helps employees learn how to eat healthy and exercise to lose weight. Several people in my department have done it and enjoyed it, but I was always reluctant – I didn’t really like going to the gym. But, when the new session started a few weeks ago I finally signed up. I’m so glad I did.
On the first day, we had an assessment of where we are now so we can track our progress and chose a goal for what we wanted to accomplish. There are several teams doing this program at once, and each meeting starts with a rally where the program’s leader shares with the groups where each team is as far as weight loss, steps taken, and amount of exercise. The team with the most improvement for the week gets a trophy. It keeps you motivated to work hard and win that trophy!
The most unexpected thing about this program is how much I’m enjoying being there and doing the exercises. It’s changed how I look at going to the gym. Before, I’d been afraid of not knowing how to use the equipment properly and too shy to ask for help. Going through this program has helped me overcome my shyness; now I’m not as scared to ask questions if I don’t know how to use a machine or need help getting started. I’ve also enjoyed meeting with our nutritionist and learning more about mindful eating and portion size.
I feel great, my clothes feel looser, and I know I’m getting stronger. I really recommend finding a program like this. Being with a group can help keep you motivated, and some of the nutrition information might stick with you to help improve your family’s eating habits. If you have a gym near you, check out their class schedule. Many offer things like yoga or Zumba; ask if you can try a class to see if you like it. And don’t be afraid to ask questions if you need help.
(Photo Credit: Bryan Wintersteen)