The movie industry is finding a way to bring back old classics. It is the prequel. Oz is the story of how the man made his way behind the curtain. Stars Wars, the Hobbit, Star Trek and I am sure I could think of more all took on the how did they get there. My last post was about the annual resolutions and my weight lost journey. So well you guess it this is the prequel to that journey. What finally got me on the road?
Every year my company provides a program formerly known as Healthquest now called Health Matters. The program gives us access to routine health checkups at work in about 20 minutes or less free of charge – no co-pay. Height, weight, step test, BP, pulse, a few tests for free if you are of certain age and then a menu of blood work up to a certain cost all for free. Then additional tests for a nominal fee. For years, I have participated and as a leader in the company, I have encouraged my employees to take part.
Nevertheless, two years ago, I did not. I did not want to get on the scale in front of someone because I knew the scale would be heavier than the year before. And really, for the first time in the many many years I have been overweight (and now morbidly obese) I stopped believing I was healthy. I do not know when or why, but I actually thought that 150+ pounds overweight I was still healthy. So what changed? I really do not know what the actual trigger was but I do know that along with dumping of some personal emotional baggage and this program, it created the perfect storm.
In 2011 our executive management began a competition on the highest percentage of participation in the program, which included an on-line survey. Our organization won. And I could not celebrate; I was not a part of that win. I remember sitting in the February leader meeting and feeling like a hypocrite. “How could I celebrate and encourage my employees to participate when I didn’t myself!” Unless I changed, I could never encourage others that their health matters when mine did not even matter to me.
About a week after the meeting, I was invited to a tasting party. Due to a comedy of errors on my part like showing up on the wrong day, I was not able to attend but my friend persisted. She introduced me to an amazing organic lifestyle. And I began my journey on March 15, 2012. My first day without caffeine, processed foods, sugary drinks and reduced dairy products. It was also the day, my husband was rushed in for emergency surgery. I remember badly wanting my Coke Zero (I had a 96 ounces daily habit) and oh how I wanted some comfort food. Just like I imagine an addict of drugs or alcohol would want during a stressful situation. But I did not give in! I kept thinking now more than every My health matters. When the doc came out, he said to me, “Your husband has to change the way he is eating or he won’t be so lucky next time!” in that moment, I knew as the mom I have influence over the entire family and their Health Matters!
Over time, I have been able to change the way the family eats and introduced more fruits and vegetables and the Isagenix supplements our entire family is a little healthier. My two older children go to the gym with us and we take family walks so my six-year old can participate. However, we have a long way to go but are on the right road to the land of Oz. And if you were wondering, yes I participated in Health Matters last year. My weight was down from two years prior and for the first time ever I took the step test and was told I was normal. And Yes, our organization won the trophy again and I was a part of that!
Does your company have a program like this and do you use it?