“I saved my own life”
For her 50th birthday, Peg Williams gave herself a trip: six days at the Cooper Wellness Program in Dallas.
“I weighed 270 and even my ‘fat clothes’ didn’t fit.” At Cooper, Peg was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, dangerously high blood pressure and high LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
How she did it: Peg learned how to make simple lifestyle changes like replacing high-calorie foods with lower-calorie ones, eating breakfast, and upping her fruit and vegetable intake. She also resolved to make walking a priority. Peg travels for work, so she started seeking out treadmills in hotel fitness centers and stopped scheduling meetings before 9 a.m. to allow time for workouts.
The payoff: Peg started losing weight slowly, but within 21 months she was 130 pounds lighter. Now 52, Peg walks for 45 minutes to an hour six times a week. The best part: She no longer needs blood pressure medication, and her cholesterol and blood sugar levels are under control. “It was never about getting the weight off quickly,” she says. “It was about creating a new, healthier lifestyle.”
Originally posted 2012-09-04 11:31:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter