Joslyn Pribble is Methodist Health: Gaining momentum.
By Joslyn Pribble
1. You’re in your second month of I am Methodist Health. Congratulations! In general, how’s it going?
I am doing so much better with this program than I ever expected! I have lost so much weight and my energy levels are greatly improved! Clothes fit better, if they even fit at all. I am finding it more natural to reach for a healthy snack choice like fruit instead of a sugar-filled one like a cookie. Exercising is not such a chore and I am actually beginning to enjoy it. I never thought working out could be therapeutic or such a stress reliever. I am so much more aware of what I am eating and putting into my body. I haven’t kicked all of the cravings yet but, I have gained coping mechanisms to get past them. My self-esteem is climbing and the compliments have increased. Overall, I am in a much better place than I was just a month ago. I now know I can succeed.
2. What change or changes have you been able to make? Do you like the changes?
For starters, I lead my employees on a quick walk almost every day! My husband and I weigh our food to make sure we are sticking to the amount we really should eat. I now read the nutritional labels on food at the grocery store and seek healthier alternatives with fewer calories and less fat. I have tried some more exotic fruits and vegetables and found that I do like them. There are many new recipes I have tried and I am learning to substitute better choices into favorite meals. I exercise more and have learned some new routines that I can do at home. I am listening to my body. I am learning many skills that I will continue to use for the remainder of this journey and beyond. I am surprised to actually like these changes.
3. Do you have any progress updates you’d like to share with your fans?
I have lost more than 15 pounds and am just a few pounds from my wedding weight! I am wearing clothes that are three sizes smaller. I am also very close to qualifying for my blue level health insurance discount by getting my BMI below 30 since my last biometric screening. I hope my family won’t recognize me in May when I go home to visit.
4. What’s been the biggest lesson you’ve learned the first month?
I have learned that the health teachers in high school were right — you do have to exercise and restrict your calorie intake to lose weight. Of course I always knew that, but this has been the most practical example of how that really works. I have learned to celebrate the small wins and to keep on pushing forward. One bad day or choice cannot be allowed to ruin a pathway to a healthier lifestyle.
In January, I felt like I was really starting to make progress when the starting number on the scale changed for the first time in a decade, and I owned no pants that fit in the waist!