By Bill Mietelski
When I arrived at Rush two years ago, I was a cheeseburger away from weighing 300 pounds.
I still remember the Sunday morning I got on my scale and it mocked me with three numbers: 2-9-9. I actually got on and off several times thinking the scale must be broken. Losing weight was always something I’d do “next week”. Suddenly next week was here; I had no desire to join the 300 club.
I always thought I could change things myself — after all, living a healthier lifestyle was simple, right? — so I never gave a second thought to any other way. Over the next few months I actually lost 25 pounds, but (stop me if you’ve heard this one before) the weight crept back, and 10 of those pounds returned like a bad penny.
The thing that finally got me on track was taking (for me) a real leap of faith: I let someone help me.
When Jennifer Ventrelle of the Rush University Prevention Center announced the first iteration of ELMS last summer, I was ready to take that leap. Using lessons learned from the original ELM research study, employees now had the opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes through nutrition, exercise and stress management. Sweet!