Personal Wellness Stories - Nikki R.

Nikki Rollins
Certified Nurse Aide at the Senior Health Center

In January of 2012, I made a commitment to myself to lose weight and improve my fitness. I was turning 30 and I know that as I got older the harder it would be to make changes.

I knew that dieting was not going to work. The best option for me was to make behavior changes that would last. I began by taking small steps like drinking water instead of my usual tea with sugar and whole milk. I just kept thinking, "I am not on a diet, I am making healthy choices."

I also started logging my food intake using the online tool, "My Fitness Pal." Keeping track of what I ate throughout the day helped me to reach my goal. I found the links to exercise and the ability to chart my weight loss progress to be very motivating. I also enjoyed chatting with other people online and comparing results.

The support that I received from my colleagues at the Senior Health Center helped to keep me on track with establishing an exercise routine. Although at first I could barely do the elliptical, my exercise buddies encouraged me to set goals and keep working at them. Once able to only do 5 pushups, I can now do 50. I also now enjoy kickboxing and karate.

I the first three months of eating healthier and developing a fitness routine, I lost 30 pounds. I continued to lose a total 50 pounds and am staying at the weight that I feel comfortable. I know what works and have been able to maintain this for the past 1.5 years.

I sometimes find it challenging to continue once I reached my goal, but if I have an off day, I re-evaluate and get back on track. I remind myself that I feel 100 times better with my weight loss of 50 pounds. Vigilance is the key to continued success and maintenance.

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