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Louise Mallas - My Story

Date: 10 Jun 2014

A Personal Journey

As the Officer leading the Health Workplace Initiative, I also went on a personal journey whilst driving the initiative through.  Partly driven by a case of leading by example and taking on board the things I was trying to educate the staff about, I took part in the exercise initiatives, and although I knew a lot about healthy eating already, I started to embrace and practise what I was preaching.  I had undergone an operation in 2006 after which I was told to do nothing.  I was a model patient (!) and literally did nothing but it became a habit leading to weight gain and I continued doing very little in the way of exercise.  However, the first year of the pedometer challenge saw me walking out in my lunch hour walking a two and a half mile circuit come wind, rain, sun or hair (mainly rain!).  I carried this on after the challenge had finished and lost a stone without really trying.  Last year in the challenge, the competition between the pedometer teams became stronger and I added a cross trainer to my routine regularly using it for 50 minutes at a time, four times a week in addition to the walking, and that, including some minor changes to my diet, saw me losing a further three and a half stone bringing me into the normal weight category for the first time in a number of years.  One of the benefits is that, the exercise became a habit and I now miss it if, for some reason, I can't carry out a session.  I have learnt that exercise helps me 'pay' for some of the additional treats that I may want to eat and this has helped me maintain my weight for the last seven months.  I also attend spinning classes taking advantage of the low prices and free classes offered.  As someone who had become a hardened 'couch potato', I feel that if I can do it, anyone can.

 Louise Mallas- YMCA Cornwall


 

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