Joslyn Pribble is Methodist Health: Key Learnings
By Joslyn Pribble
1. What’s the most important takeaway you’ve learned in this program that you’ll use to stay on track for the rest of your life?
The most important thing I learned is that I CAN DO this. Any doubts I had about my abilities have been erased as I realize that I am stronger than I ever realized. As long as I maintain that awareness, I will continue to be successful.
2. Out with the old. In with the new. Give me three new healthy habits you’ve incorporated into your life.
No more brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tarts for breakfast. Instead, my body needs real, healthy fuel to get the day started. I track every calorie I eat so that I can manage my intake. All of the unhealthy snacks are gone in our house and have been replaced with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
3. Tell us at least three improvements you have accomplished in this program.
I have lost 5½ inches from my waistline. I have dropped 37 pounds and five dress sizes since January. My cholesterol, body mass index, and blood pressure have also come down. Overall, my health has improved significantly from where I started!
4. What are the advantages of having the support of a health coach and trainer? Why?
Knowing that you are not in this program alone is very reassuring. It is amazing how hard people can be on themselves and how beneficial it is to have a health coach and trainer to put things in perspective. If I ever feel a bit off track, I just pick up the phone and Karen or Ginnie is there to help me. Their care and concern are so genuine. I cannot help but push myself harder after working with either of these two! Having someone to openly and honestly talk to without being judged was so refreshing. It really helped my self-esteem. Everyone needs someone to be there for their personal healthy lifestyle changes. I can think of no one better than our wonderful wellness team here at Methodist Health System!
5. Hats off to you. Congratulations. Way to go! Now that you’ve completed this program, what’s your next goal to continue to improve your health?
I still have another 20 to 25 pounds to lose. I am working with my primary care physician to bring my cholesterol down to normal. I already weigh less than I did on my wedding day nearly 15 years ago, but I plan on looking better than I did in high school. I will continue my exercise routine. Plus, eating healthy is such a habit now that I cannot imagine going back to my old ways. I truly hope that I can help others — my friends, family, and co-workers — on their personal wellness journey.