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Employee Spotlight – Jerika Jones

Haley Cooke | July, 9, 2020

Read through what Jerika has to say about her current wellness journey in our question and answer session.

 

What motivated you to start your wellness journey?

My biggest motivation at first was to lose the weight I gained during pregnancy. After that was accomplished, I decided there were still areas that I wanted to work on just to feel more comfortable in my own skin.

 

Do you have a weekly exercise routine?

I really try to get in 5 workouts a week. I have been doing at least 30 mins on the elliptical machine and just recently started to do the Transform 20 videos with the additional cardio.

 

What has been the best part of your journey so far?

Seeing the results!!! It’s the best feeling when you can tell a difference on how your clothes fit.

 

Do you have anything you struggle with daily and how do you overcome that?

I really like snacks 😊. So, steering clear of the snacks I would usually grab and finding healthier alternatives.

 

What is your favorite part about exercise?

The energy I have afterwards. I do not feel sluggish after I get off work and I can go home and have the energy I need to play with my kids.

 

Where are you currently seeing success?

EVERYWHERE! Mostly my stomach and legs!

 

What are you the most proud of?

Holding myself accountable for waking up every morning and getting my workouts in.  It is easy for me to make excuses with 3 kids, but I remind myself every morning that I have a goal to meet!

 

Any words of wisdom for someone wanting to start their own journey?

It takes a little bit of time to start seeing results but do not give up on yourself or your goals. Stick with it and YOU WILL see change. Stay positive, focused and push yourself every day.

 

I love Jerika’s positivity about this process. She understands it is not about instant results and more about sticking with it and never giving up… even if it is hard work. She understands the work she puts into each day pours into what she is then able to give to her family!

My encouragement to you this week is to place yourself in Jerika’s shoes… what do you want to improve on? Who in your life deserves some more energy from you after work!? What can you begin doing today or this week that will translate to success in your own wellness journey?

It is never too late to start taking care of yourself! Reach out to me… I am here to help!

 

Enjoy your holiday!

Haley Cooke | July, 1, 2020

Employee Spotlight – Scott Schaake

Haley Cooke | June, 3, 2020

Read through what Scott has to say about his current wellness journey in our question and answer session.

 

What motivated you to start your wellness journey?

My motivation for my journey started on a weekend that my family took a trip to the Metroplex to do some fun things. One of the things we had planned to do was zip line and when we showed up, I found out I was unable to participate with the rest of my family do to being too heavy for their regulations.

What has been the best part of this journey?

The best part of this is feeling better physically but also feeling better mentally about myself. I also know that if I go back to try to zip line, I will be able to participate with the rest of the family.

What does your weekly routine look like?

My weekly routine is to walk 3-5 miles on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and then 5-8 miles on Saturday and Sunday.

Have you had any struggles along the way?

I have a lot of days where I get home and I don’t want to go walking, but I motivate myself to get up and do it. I also see people who are eating sweets and wish I could have some and I must remember that I may not need some right then but at some point, I can have a little, but not a lot. I must keep in mind when I might be able to cheat a little and when I need to wait awhile before I have another cheat day.

What is your favorite part about the journey you have chosen?

The best part is knowing that progress is being made, that my family has noticed and how proud they are of what I’m doing.

Where are you currently seeing success?

Since I’ve hit a plateau in my weight loss, my biggest success has come in not giving up. I still believe that I have more to lose and that it will happen after I get through this road bump.

What makes you proud?

I’m most proud of seeing how my family and especially how proud of my kids are of what I have accomplished. It’s been a long time since they have seen me the way they are able to see me now. I hope it shows them that they too can do anything as long as they keep working at it.

If someone wanted to start their own journey – how would you encourage them?

I would tell them that getting started is the hardest part, but once you get started know that better days are coming and get mad enough that you aren’t going to let anybody, or anything keep you from achieving you goal.

 

I love Scott’s honesty in his answers, he chose to make a change for himself and his family! He began paying more attention to the fuel (food) he was putting in his body and decided to allocate time during most days to physically move and be active. His wellness journey has poured out into physical success and mental success!

My encouragement to you this week is to place yourself in Scott’s shoes… where do you want to be in several months? What things do you find that you missed out on or have yet to be able to do at this time. What can you begin doing today or this week that will translate to success in your own journey?

It is never too late to start taking care of yourself! Reach out to me… I am here to help!

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