Success Story: Mahoganey McMillion
Department of Public Utilities
Customer Service Representative
I was never really a person
who wanted to exercise or felt that I needed too. However one day I had a minor
asthma attack just from walking up a few flights of steps. I decided that
something had to change.
When I saw the opportunity to
take the Live Healthy ten week challenge I jumped at the chance and found out
that one of my teammates really needed someone to support her during her own
personal weight loss goals. (She is
doing awesome by the way!). I knew it
would be hard for me, because let’s face it exercising can suck. But I wanted d
to show her that if I could do it so could she.
I started out by first
getting the dreaded SCALE! (What a jerk it
was!!!). Then I cut out all those things
I love and know just shouldn’t have. My demon was pop! (mmmmm pop!!). Next I set out to face my
fear….EXERCISE!!!!!! I started out by
doing Leslie Samsone walking aerobics (You can do a mile every 15 minutes which
is awesome.) at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes. I’m now to the point where
I do it 5 times a week and I walk at work for at least 45 minutes on my lunch
and 15 on breaks. I take the steps
everywhere I go. (No elevators for me!!)
I’m at the point where if I
have a day where I can’t workout I don’t feel complete. I’ve come to love the feeling of working out.
I feel healthy. I feel beautiful inside and out. My knees feel better and my
asthma is under control. I’ve even lost 6 pounds. For a person who started out
thinking she was above exercise, that’s a lot!
A coworker who also has
problems with his knees has started walking with me during lunch and commented
today that he feels so much better. Bottom line….I took this challenge by the
horns and so far I’m rockin’ it!!!