Mar 3, 2011 9:52 AM by Tracy Wirtz
BIG NEWS: There will be a networking social for You Gotta Move Goes Red participants on Friday, March 18th from 5:30 until 7 at Heart Hospital of Lafayette. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out how your fellow participants are doing. Dieticians, trainers and health professionals will be there to answer questions you may have. The scale and tape measures will be available. We will also have some interesting teas and treats available for sampling. You can find out how green tea can help toward your weight loss efforts, too! I will be there and hope to see you there... Tracy
If you've been following the You Gotta Move Goes Red program, you now know this is not a "diet." It's about changing your lifestyle. Learning to eat healthy and learning to incorporate exercise into your routine. The weight loss and feeling better are just by-products of that! And they are pleasant, aren't they? Lessley Williamson began the program with the screening day at Heart Hospital. Her numbers (weight, blood pressure, cholesterol) weren't dangerous but they weren't optimal and she knew she needed to make changes. Lessley is 50-ish and the numbers on the scale are just the beginning of what she has enjoyed about the YGM program. As of the beginning of week 5, she had lost 15 pounds (way to go, Less!). She says she feels better. She hadn't realized how slowly she was moving before. She said she spends more time in the produce section of the grocery store now and has fallen in love with vegetables again. Brussel sprouts and smothered okra are some of her personal favorites! She's looking forward to seeing how her blood pressure and cholesterol have responded to her new-found lifestyle and her husband is actually thinking about joining her in her healthy eating plan. She said the exercises Dawn assigned were challenging at first, but she took Dawn's advice and is now working through the two full sets (one in the morning and one at night). As for cardio, she and her husband used to be gym members but found they weren't visiting enough to warrant that expense. She dances for 30 minutes, does Kinect and found a Zumba tape she enjoys. She has grabbed onto this program with both hands. She says she hasn't "fallen off the wagon" yet but realizes there are challenges ahead. Lessley says if she does falter, she will just get back on and keep on riding!