When the going gets tough, Anne gets tougher
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty”
Instant gratification has become the expectation for much of society. When we have a question, all we need to do is Google it. We reach out to someone and get irritated if our email or text isn’t answered within minutes.
Weight loss is different. Improving your health is often a long and difficult journey. You won’t see instant results. But, it’s worth it. Even on the toughest days, Anne Rappert knows this.
Eight months ago, Anne signed up for the Healthy Jumpstart Challenge. Through this program, Network Health provided the tools Anne needed to improve her health—access to a nutrition coach, a fitness expert, a year-long membership to the YMCA and regular meetings with her wellness experts to keep her on track.
Anne was thankful for the opportunity but it was also a little overwhelming. She understood how much hard work would be involved and sharing her story on social media was intimidating. Although excited, she also had some doubts. What if she didn’t make the progress she wanted? Did she really want to open herself up to criticism by taking on her weight loss journey in such a public way?
Anne pushed the doubts aside and took the challenge head on. With the help of her wellness experts, she made amazing strides. In the first seven months, Anne lost nearly 90 pounds. Her diet and activity levels had completely changed. Previously, Anne had been diabetic. But now, her A1C levels are in the healthy range.
Despite all the success, there are times Anne struggles. “Obstacles and temptations are part of daily life. I encounter them each and every day. I do my best to stay on track and make healthy choices. However, I’m human and make mistakes. I have given in to food temptation and have had that pizza or dessert I know I shouldn’t have, but I look at it as just one meal and refocus and start over at the next meal.”
That hasn’t been an easy lesson for Anne but she has accepted the process won’t always go smoothly. Recently, she hit a plateau on her weight loss, but she isn’t letting it stop her. Anne knows there are going to be road blocks, but tackling those challenges is the key to success.
“When I injured my calf and couldn’t exercise, I thought this would stop my weight loss journey. However, Julie Cleaves, my nutrition coach, told me that losing weight is 80 percent nutrition and 20 percent exercise. I focused on making good healthy diet choices during that time. Sam Schnell, my fitness coach, also showed me some upper body strength exercises I could do in the interim.”
Having a support system is essential for dealing with obstacles. It also helps to have strategies ready in advance. Anne explains that when negative thoughts start to creep in, she forces herself to think back to her success and the commitment she made.
“I have vowed to myself that I will never go back to the way I was. My life has changed tremendously since starting the Healthy Jumpstart Challenge. I feel like I am ‘living’ again. I have so much energy and no longer face the physical challenges that I used to struggle with on a daily basis. I can now walk across the building and tie my shoes with ease. I no longer fear that I won’t be able to fit in a restaurant booth or fit in the seat at an amusement park. I just took a trip to San Diego and didn’t have to request a seat belt extender on the airplane. I feel like a new person!”
In September, Anne was recognized as a Rising Light Award winner. This prestigious award recognizes an individual who participates in their employer’s wellness program and has taken the initial steps toward success in their wellness journey. By sharing her story, Anne’s hope is that she will inspire others to do the same, no matter how tough or how daunting it may seem at first.
“Prior to starting the Healthy Jumpstart Challenge, I seriously thought I was a lost cause and destined to be overweight the rest of my life. I can now look back and know that is not true. Starting a healthy lifestyle can be very overwhelming and scary. It was for me. However, I did it in small, baby steps. Surround yourself with people who will support and encourage you and most of all, don’t give up. Take each day, each meal, and each step at a time. If I can do it, I know you can too.”
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