Employee Spotlight – Scott Schaake
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.