January of 2010 D's employer embarked on a wellness program. At start up every participating employee was given 17 sessions with Weight Watchers plus multiple other incentives to make healthy lifestyle choices. D. led his campus, and our family, through those 17 weeks with much success.
We have continued with the wellness program taking advantage of the monetary incentives earned by participating in tasks that direct us towards better health.
Along with all the information provided we have made our own discoveries that have helped in our personal journey.
Both D. and I believe that the toughest part of our wellness program is maintenance. The initial kickoff and anticipation of embarking on a challenge with co-workers is long past. Many of us reached our goals and incentives remain in place but the program, and all those involved, have moved to maintenance mode.
The excitement has waned and we no longer check each other's progress or encourage each other along. I'm afraid to bring it up. I've gained some weight back, as have others and who wants to be asked to admit it? We realize it is time for a body tune-up, a Weight Watchers refresher.
D. and I both put some weight back on and are going back to the basics to lose it before our determination turns to complacency. We have gone back to WW Points Plus but we restart well informed which makes this experience somewhat different than the first time.
Emily Bites offers up reduced calorie recipes we find simple to make, enjoyable to eat and easy to plug into our wellness program.
To all those who are reaching for a better, healthier lifestyle I encourage you to; keep up the good work, don't get discouraged, continue to keep trying.
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