How’d you hear about Pack Health, and what made you want to sign up?
It came through a work email, actually. My company uses your services. I have been considering for a year how I am going to change my lifestyle, given the fact that I am 65 and wanted to figure out how I was going to be more active in my retirement years.
We’re so happy to have you! How has your experience been so far? How’s it been with Marshelle?
It’s been very good. She calls and she just listens to me. I could go on and on and she just listens. She reminds me to look at the positive things I’ve accomplished and then look at where I want to go and helps me use my Tiny Steps to get me there.
How has Pack Health helped you change your lifestyle, and what keeps you motivated to change?
It reminds me that every two weeks I have to speak to someone, and I have to reevaluate every two weeks about where I am going. If I was focused on water, I need to also be reminded to focus on food. For instance, if I have a good breakfast, even if I don’t feel like it, I should have a snack. I make sure to have one that I carry. I am so busy with work and what is going on in my life that I sometimes forget that I need to eat a little snack. I set an alarm twice a day that reminds me to eat a healthy snack, then, when I go to eat my larger meals, I am not as hungry and I eat less. I drink a bottle of cold water every morning to help jump start my metabolism because I am now able to listen to my body and understand when I need to drink water.
I love almonds. I travel a lot, and almonds are a great, easy snack. I keep a bag of almonds in my car. I also keep the Kind Bars available in case I want a sweet treat.
What advice would you give to someone looking to sign up for one of our programs?
Having somebody to talk through what you have and where you want to be makes you think about being accountable to yourself and the things you want to accomplish. When you verbally talk to someone, you are held accountable. You can hear yourself saying those things, and you can look back and be like, “Wow, look what all I accomplished.” If you are heading toward retirement and in your 60s, it’s your time to take care of yourself.
What’s been the biggest thing you’ve accomplished while working with Marshelle?
She makes me think. Even before I talk to her on the phone, I know the things I need to talk to her about. It makes me think every day about my choices. My days are planned differently now because I budget time for exercise. I like to walk in the morning, and I have begun to crave walking and exercising. I turn my fitness into a game, with my Fitbit and other apps that I have. It makes it more fun! Life gets busy, and so this “game” has become the little thing that I do for myself. I love to look at my Fitbit and see what my other family members are doing, and they help motivate me to get out and get moving!
What have you learned about yourself?
I’ve learned that I am a 65-year-old and I am in better shape than most 65-year-olds! You can actually do anything you put your mind to. You don’t have to rush to your goal. The Tiny Steps make it easy because you have something to accomplish to help you get to your end goal. I have been able to live in the moment more and notice what is going on around me.