Sarah Reynolds is Methodist Health: Embracing Change

By Sarah Reynolds, CMOM

Sarah is an office manager at MedHealth. Her goal is to get physically fit so she can keep up with her children. After turning to snacking for stress relief in the past, she’s ready to adjust her grocery list to include healthier choices, and she’s making working out part of her routine!

1. Congratulations on reaching month four of I am Methodist Health. We want specifics this month. What can you do now that you couldn’t do three
months ago?

Three months ago there was no way I could run a mile or spend an hour on an elliptical machine, but now I can! I am more active with my kids and husband now than I was three months ago. I can cook healthier meals and (sometimes) actually like them.

2. What is the most important aspect of your program that keeps you on track? Why and how does it affect your progress?

Tracking my meals and activity keeps me in check. I went about two weeks without logging. I was thinking that since I’ve done this for 2-1/2 months, I’ve got this. What I didn’t realize and take into consideration are the extra bites I eat. If I log my food, then I know down to the kcal how much I’m eating and putting into my body. When I don’t log my meals, then there’s that “oh, I can eat this because I only ate that for breakfast,” which doesn’t take into consideration the other snacks or drinks I’ve had that day.

3. Give me three specific things that you’re doing to make better food choices or to increase or maintain your exercise activity?

  • When we eat out, I have made a HUGE change. No more potatoes or starches for sides. I request grilled or steamed veggies. Salads are sans cheese and croutons with dressing on the side.
  • Grocery shopping is easier. I stay away from the inside aisles. It’s true — the good-for-you food is on the outer ring of the grocery store. The junk and snack foods are on the inside aisles.
  • Keep it simple and easy. You don’t have to work out every day. Movement and staying motivated to move are essential. Luckily, my youngest child is my biggest motivator, wanting to go for walks, play outside, and basically keep moving!

4. If your co-workers want to get started on their own wellness program, what should they do? Whom do they call? Where do they start?

I would first give them Beth Leermaker's name and number. Beth has been the absolute best coach! I already try very hard to motivate my team at my office. We request healthy snacks and lunches from vendors. I encourage them to walk around our building in this beautiful weather to get some outdoor exercise. I also let them know that I'm available and supportive any way I can be.

In March, I had several big accomplishments. My clothes are much looser. It’s almost time to start shopping for fun summer clothes! But one of the biggest accomplishments I felt was when my husband gave me a hug a few weeks ago and said, “Wow, you’re much smaller around than you used to be.” That made me feel great!