“My journey to a healthier lifestyle and better well-being began in the fall of 2012. My first health screening at US Venture showed that I need to make improvements – I was close to 100 lbs. overweight. Then I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes. I was afraid that I would become diabetic and follow in the footsteps of my parents, who are limited in their ability to walk and can’t travel well because of complications from diabetes. I realized that if I wanted to live a long healthy life, I needed to make changes – immediately.
I needed to have a long-term plan that I could sustain for the rest of my life. I eliminated all processed foods and soda from my home, and on weekends, I prepare fruit and veggies and proteins for the upcoming week. Then, I got active. A co-worker at US Venture convinced me to join the National Bike Challenge.
I can still remember how long and painful those one- to five-mile rides were during the first few weeks. But by the end of the challenge, I led the US Venture team with the most miles ridden! Every morning, my day begins at 4:30 am with an hour-long bike ride, and since U.S. Venture offers a flexible workout schedule, I can also ride during the workday. I encourage others to join me on lunch rides every Wednesday.
Today, I do a lot of long-distance cycling and will be completing my first bike across Wisconsin (SAGBRAW) in August. I’m in better shape now then I was when I was in my twenties, and I’m grateful to US Venture for offering a well-structured wellness program that provides the tools and resources to make healthy choices. Using the Healthy Associate Reimbursement program at US Venture, I’ve been able to purchase two new bikes over the last four years. In addition to biking, I also work with a personal trainer to build a program for both cardio and strength training. I’ve used multiple trainers and continue to train over the winter, when I am not outside cycling.
At the start of my journey, I was close to 100 lbs. overweight. Within two years, I had lost more than 90 lbs., and have maintained that weight loss. I am now focusing more on building stronger core muscles to sustain my fitness. My new healthy habits have influenced my family members, as my husband has also successfully lost 50 lbs. and both my son and daughter have joined gyms and workout on a regular basis.”