Member Spotlight: Amy Temple
I won the weight loss challenge at my job, one of the Y’s Corporate Partners, Gold Mountain Communications. I lead all of the wellness initiatives for my workplace, troubleshooting for a team of 500 people that fit the social norm for wellness. It is a staggering fact that 80% of Americans are overweight, but it makes sense. We’re a society of convenience and ease, and it’s hard to convince ourselves of how valuable it is to challenge ourselves. Actual health and wellness benefits only come from being committed to being successful.
Personally, I haven’t ever really tried to diet or lose weight before. 32 crept up on me, and I think I took my youth for granted for far too long and justified focus on my career as top priority. I think I just came to a place in my life where I felt like I needed a new challenge, and my health was something that was on the back burner for so long. I was in a season where I was facing a major personal battle, when I needed a positive outlet. I heard someone use the term “endorphin-chasing,” and I’d say that was pretty accurate!
I’m not sure why it’s such a mental battle to invest into healthy living. It’s so easy to fall in love with how you feel walking out of the gym or eating a nutritious meal, but for some reason, it’s like we completely forget that as soon as the next opportunity comes up. I wrote myself a letter at one point after leaving the gym for the next time I was facing that personal struggle that basically said,
“Dear Amy, I know you’re fighting this right now, but trust me, you’re going to be so glad you do this! Sincerely, Amy”
The Y is an amazing resource in our community, not just a place to work out. Their staff is knowledgeable, available, and very interested in being a part of our wellness journey. I am so grateful to have formed such strong, personal relationships with Y staff that not only center around fitness and nutrition, but also about other factors of my personal life and how I’m prioritizing, which all play a part in my overall health.
My advice to other members who are just starting out is to start somewhere, wherever you are, and realize that small steps in the right direction will bring you to the same outcome. It’s a matter of working at the pace that you’re able to, rather than doing nothing! I have a very full schedule, so it’s easy for me to make excuses, but I started first with what I was eating. Whole foods give you so much energy and make such a tremendous difference in your ability to push yourself. I started paying attention to how many steps per day I was logging on my phone, and I would park in the furthest spot in any parking lot. Those small changes built up momentum and encouraged me to continue to push myself.
The weight loss challenge wasn’t the end. Healthy eating and being active is my lifestyle. I choose whole foods for my home and I still park out at the edge of the parking lot. I am in control of my health and the choices I make every day make all the difference.