I said, Oh my goodness, that’s me! Kimberly Geisler vividly remembers staring at her picture in disbelief. There was no denying the truth. Years of sitting on the couch were catching up with her. Kimberly was tipping the scale at 225 pounds. With a family history of diabetes and weight issues, she knew it was time to take action, but how? Change for Kimberly came down to a few small steps. She was kind enough to share them with us.
1. Write what you bite. I started a food journal and wrote down the amount of fat grams in everything I ate. When I began to discover which foods were lower in fat, like fruit and vegetables, I found myself eating more of them. I still eat a lot of green beans! From a simple pen/paper food diary to the latest in online technology, Kimberly discovered that tracking what you eat can be a simple and effective way to decrease weight and increase health.
2. Find something you like to do. Kimberly had to experiment to find out what kind of exercise would work for her. My plan started out with strolling my son around our apartment complex. I also found that I could do about 10 to 15 minutes of a kickboxing video. Before too long the walking became running and the videos turned into classes at the YMCA. To my surprise, I actually started having fun!
3. Discard discouragement. I had been working at my new, healthier lifestyle for about 6-7 weeks and the numbers on the scale still weren’t changing. It was really tough not to get discouraged at that point. I had to ask myself, “Are you feeling better Kimberly? Do your clothes fit a little differently? Are you making better choices?” I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing became my theme. Slowly, I began to see the changes I was hoping for. Kimberly learned that lifestyle change is hard work. A positive, patient attitude made a big difference.
Ultimately, Kimberly was able to lose over 100 pounds. These days, she spends her time inspiring others as a wellness coach for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Kimberly will be the first to tell you that her change for better health was not about one giant leap. It was about a few small steps taken day by day, week by week and year by year.
By: Kimberley Geisler & Debby LaCruz (December 2012)