Welcome back to our “Healthy Habit Heroes” blog series, where we share members’ stories, in their own words, about their experiences with Yes Health.
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When Judy’s screening at a spring health fair revealed a pattern that pointed towards prediabetes, she knew some changes were in order.
Out of the 15 programs I got to choose from through my insurance, Yes Health fit my lifestyle best. I didn’t want to deal with in-person meetings and was drawn to Yes Health’s on-the-go coach responses. I also liked the idea of working with a team versus one person. The experience has felt really customized from the start.
One big change I’ve made is to quit fast food. As a teacher, I’m up at 5 a.m. and teaching by 7 a.m. I used to eat whatever was quick and easy (and not always healthy) on the fly. Now I dedicate time each week to shop and plan my meals so I know I always have healthy options. No more candy-bar-and-soda lunches!
Cottage cheese, plain yogurt and carrot sticks are some of my new staples. My husband still asks, “Did you bring home any goodies?” I know he means cookies, but to me these are all goodies! I love the immediate feedback I get from the coaches on meals and ingredients and how to improve a recipe to make it healthier. It’s like having a personalized mobile cookbook. Best of all they tell me the “why“ behind their suggestions, which as a science teacher is really important to me. I’ve lost more than 10 pounds so far. I’m continuing to work on portion control and would like to lose 20 pounds by the holidays.
Before joining Yes Health, I wasn’t doing much of anything for exercise. I even took the elevator at work to avoid the two flights of stairs. I didn’t have a lot of faith that I could be an active person after my knee replacements. The Yes Health coaches started me off with simple standing exercises and walking—giving me modifications that worked with my limitations. This kind of individual attention was exactly what I needed to move forward. With their encouragement, I signed up for a water aerobics class. It felt so good I kept adding to my routine and pushing myself as a got stronger. Soon I was doing regular aerobics and using the machines at the gym. I’m stronger, more flexible and my endurance is unbelievable. I’m no longer a couch potato!
My husband and I just got back from 10 days in the Smoky Mountains. I would usually gain up to 15 pounds while on vacation. This time I only gained three—mostly from drinking wine every night. Not bad! We did a big food shop the day after we arrived and cooked all of our meals at our cabin and packed lunches for our hikes. It made it easy to stay on the program. We hiked about six miles each day. One trail was 7,000 feet in elevation—the last half-mile was straight up. And I made it!
My doctor has been especially impressed with my progress—I’m not even at risk for prediabetes anymore. My blood sugar and cholesterol levels are down and so is my blood pressure. I’m not on any meds either. Yes Health has changed the way I live my life. I feel revitalized—like I’m back to where I was 10 years ago.
I’m no longer sitting out activities with my family. Even kayaking is back on my radar. Getting in and out of a kayak is tough after knee surgery. But with my increased flexibility, I’m planning to be back in the water by winter break.