Last year, the GIC’s Margaret Byrne decided to take control of her health by embarking on a quest to lose weight, change her unhealthy eating habits, and feel better overall. She started by joining Weight Watchers and exercising with her husband, and within a few months she lost weight, her clothes fit a little better, and she was happier with the way she looked and felt. Her initial success inspired her to continue improving her health by participating in the WellMASS wellness program. Margaret took the online Health Assessment and actively participated in this fall’s Step It Up! walking campaign, which has since motivated her to walk every chance she gets:
Since participating in the WellMASS Step It Up! campaign, I walk as much as possible. For example, I no longer take the escalator when I get off at the train station; instead I use stairs and walk during my lunch hour. On the days I don’t exercise, my husband and I do a three-mile walk around our neighborhood, which I probably never would have thought of doing if I didn’t participate in the WellMASS Step It Up! campaign.
Since last October, Margaret has lost 30 pounds and lowered her cholesterol levels. As evidenced by her “before and after” photos, she looks and feels great. She is still actively participating in Weight Watchers and the WellMASS program; her ultimate goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and never return to her unhealthy eating habits, and she is certainly on the right track.If you have a WellMASS success story like Margaret’s, I’d love to hear about it. If you need a little help in your journey to become healthy, you can follow in her footsteps by going to the WellMASS website and taking your online Health Assessment, which will give you a snapshot of your overall health and suggestions and resources on how to improve it.