Team Harms Workplace Wellness: Nicole's Journal

Just got back from the gym.  Strength Training

I have SO many days where I just can't believe this is me....I was never ever ever E-V-E-R a Workout Barbie.  In fact, before 2012, I'd never ever ever E-V-E-R really exercised at all.

Workplace WellnessEverything changed in 2012 though.  I wouldn't admit that I was heavier than I wanted to be and outwardly I didn't think I looked much different from my peers.  However, I was definitely unhealthy and there's only so many times one can stomach their child asking if mommy's tummy is big because there's a baby inside it...when there's not.

So I worked really hard to get fit and completely changed my lifestyle, from better eating habits (I was a MAJOR offender in the eating well category--Hello, pint-of-ice-cream-during-Biggest-Loser!) to exercise, and got myself to a place where I was much happier and healthier.

But for the latter part of 2012 I was in maintenance mode, 'calling it in' at the gym, mainly walking on the treadmill to stay at my happy weight and no longer really pushing myself to improve.

Which brings us back to the Harms Workplace Wellness campaign we blogged about last month.  We were already offered membership to Prairie Athletic Club as a benefit, but in 2013 Matt upped the ante for everyone with this program.  In the past, we've competed against each other and didn't get far.  Now, we only compete against ourselves and are striving to meet and surpass our own goals for incentives (that are going to be awesome!).

My goal in this program is to build strength, since I've lost all the weight I wanted to and have a good handle on making healthy food choices.  I need to be able to do A pull-up to meet my goal.  I need to surpass the number of push ups I could do in a minute and increase the maximum weight I can arm curl and leg press, and I also need to out-plank myself.  (And oh man do I want to out-plank myself!)

I'll keep you posted on my progress and will also bring you journal entries from some of the other unwilling enthusiastic members of Team Harms!  Because it's not all about strength, or starting in the middle of the story like my journals may seem.  Some of us are starting at the very beginning.  We hope you see a little bit of your own story in at least one of ours!

Workplace WellnessNew Me came reaaaaaaaaally close to doing that pull-up this week, and it feels so great!  I never imagined this would be my attitude about exercise, Old Me needs to pick her jaw up off the floor!

In posting these Workplace Wellness journals, we hope to encourage YOU to get moving.  Set a goal for yourself, even if it's just walking for 15 minutes per day.  We also invite you to contact us if you'd like to know more about how to implement a workplace wellness program in your own office!

You don't necessarily need a workplace wellness program to be rewarded for eating well and exercising, check with your health insurer to see if you're eligible for incentives for getting healthy on your own!