Kathy Clinton is Methodist Health: Making progress.

By Kathy Clinton

Kathy is a massage therapist in Physical Medicine at Methodist Richardson Medical Center. After realizing that she was out of shape, Kathy’s goal was to run a 5K with her son. In February, she did just that. Way to go, Kathy!

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

Running a 5K was my biggest hurdle. I was scared to death I wouldn't be able to finish. But I did. And my son was at my side, cheering me on the whole way. He ran the course twice — once for himself (he finished first), and the second for me. He made a U-turn after he crossed the finish line to run back and find me still in the race.

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

All of them. I think Methodist has given us great resources. My co-workers are truly marvelous and have been a great resource, too.

3.  What progress have you made this month?

I have changed the way I buy groceries and prepare meals. Even when we go out to eat, I have a different mind-set.

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

That’s a hard question. Most people think the real goal is to lose weight. What they don’t realize is all the other benefits that come with healthy lifestyle decisions. All I can say is I feel different. My skin looks healthier. My clothes fit better. I have more energy to do things.

In February, my biggest sense of accomplishment came when I ran and walked my way through my first 5K, and then signed up to run another at the end of March!