Sharina Arceneaux is Methodist Health: Making progress.

By Sharina Arceneaux

Sharina is an education specialist in Nursing Administration at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Because Sharina has a family history of heart disease, she’s ready to take on the challenge of living a heart-healthy lifestyle.

1. Congratulations on reaching month three of I am Methodist Health. What has been your biggest hurdle to overcome?

How can we be in month three already? Wow, time really does fly when you’re having fun! I am truly enjoying this program. Things have been going really well; however, my biggest hurdle is staying motivated. It is so much easier to give up, but each day I remind myself why I’m doing the things I’m doing. All of my co-workers, family, and friends have been very supportive, so I find great motivation through them. Thanks everyone!

2. What Methodist resources are you using to help you make these changes?

I am using the Folsom gym, my personal trainer (Ginnie), and my health coach (Karen Taylor). These ladies are wonderful! I’m not sure if they realize it, but they have been a fantastic support system for me. They always seem to know what to say to keep me going strong in my journey. Thanks so much, ladies!

3. What progress have you made this month?

This month I have increased my workout time, and I continue to make healthy food choices. I have really enjoyed trying new things in the kitchen. I have searched for recipes galore, and so far I have not been disappointed. There are so many healthy and tasty recipes out there!

4. What advice do you give your co-workers to help motivate them to make healthy lifestyle changes?

It is possible to make healthy lifestyle changes, regardless of the workload. We often use the excuse that there is never enough time to work out or to cook after a long day at work. I now realize that it is all possible. After a long day at work, I still put aside time to go to the gym. I also plan my meals ahead of time so that I have everything I need to cook a healthy, tasty meal.

In February, my biggest sense of accomplishment came when I visited my doctor for follow-up blood work, and my cholesterol level decreased. Prior to the start of the program, my total cholesterol level was 241 and now it is 158. My high cholesterol level and family history of heart disease were the main reasons I needed to participate in this program. I can honestly say that all of my hard work and healthier choices have truly paid off. I
feel GREAT!