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Elizabeth Carol Elizabeth Carol, Senior Management Analyst in the Development Services Department, was struggling with health issues. She was 150 pounds overweight, had borderline high blood pressure, and at her heaviest, was a size 26. Elizabeth was tired all the time, self-conscious about her weight, and never wanted to be photographed.  

After making some small lifestyle changes, like giving up sodas and fast food, and incorporating walking into her daily routine, she began to lose weight. However, Elizabeth knew she needed more dramatic results to improve her overall health, so she explored weight loss surgery. Elizabeth considered taking out a loan to pay for the procedure, but thought she should try working out with a personal trainer before taking such a big step. With the help of a personal trainer, Elizabeth began lifting weights and incorporated interval training into her workouts. Originally, her plan was to move forward with the weight loss surgery if working with the personal trainer did not prove to be effective, but after a while, she realized she was accomplishing her goal through her commitment to a more active lifestyle and weight loss surgery was no longer necessary.

“Turns out, the real secret to losing weight is to eat less and exercise more,” said Elizabeth.

Once she began incorporating weight lifting and vigorous aerobic exercise into her routine, Elizabeth was able to move beyond her weight-loss plateau and really see results. She also changed how she thought about food, and she realized that holidays were not necessarily about the food but rather about being surrounded by family and friends. 

“My mindset transitioned to the point where I did not have cake on my birthday. I realized my real gift to myself was my smaller size,” said Elizabeth.

Although Elizabeth experienced several ups and downs and strayed from her diet several times, she got right back on track and kept losing the weight. During this time, she even experienced a shoulder and foot injury which required physical therapy, but with the assistance of her personal trainer, Elizabeth was able to maintain the intensity of her workouts. Now, several years later, thanks to her improved diet and exercise routine, her borderline high blood pressure has gone away; she sleeps better; she is able to participate in fun activities such as horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and days at the amusement park; and she is no longer embarrassed to have her picture taken.  She has even reached her goal of being a healthy size four, and is now working on being a healthy size two.

When asked what advice she would give someone trying to lose weight to improve his/her health, Elizabeth said, “The hardest part is getting starting. Once you begin and the weight loss shows, you will receive so much positive feedback from your family, friends, and co-workers. It is that feedback that you should channel into motivating yourself through the rough patches.”

“The groundwork of all happiness is good health.” ~Leigh Hunt

Try this for your own success…

  1. Walk 10,000 steps per day
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water every day
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