“I will lose 100 pounds”
Right now, companies across the nation are struggling with how they are going to pay for health insurance for its employees. While companies are focused on how to pay for the treatment of diseases, few are also looking at prevention as a means of lowering health care costs. One major cause of health problems is Obesity. A slimmer workforce is a healthier workforce. At Agapé Senior we have had a weight loss challenge for the past few years. Our program makes losing weight fun, a team effort, and employees have a chance to win cash. Most importantly, they are slimmer and healthier,and our health care costs are lower.
I want to share with you a true story of one of our staff who has been a participant of our weight loss challenge for the past three years,and how it changed her life.
“For most of my life I have been heavy. I always thought about my weight, but never did anything about it. One day, I weighed myself and I weighed 281 ½ pounds, the heaviest I have ever been in my life! I wondered to myself, when would it stop? I had to do something. At that moment my whole mentality changed.”
“I started to look at diet books, and they gave me inspiration. I made a decision that I would lose 100 pounds in one year. Starting my diet was tough. I was doing it alone so I did not have that push to succeed. I was not losing weight. I did not know what I was going to do.”
“When I came to work the next day, I noticed there was a poster for a weight loss challenge that all Agapé employees could participate in, AND THEY WOULD PAY THE WINNING TEAM! I thought to myself, WOW! I can meet my goal AND get paid! January 10, 2010 was my first weigh-in for the Agapé weight loss challenge. Our administrator did the weigh-ins for us and I was still at 281. But now I have a team of co-workers with the same goal to cheer me on and keep me on track.”
“By the next weigh-in I had lost 4 ½ pounds. By the end of the challenge, I had lost 30 pounds. I still had 70 pounds to go, and prayed to God for direction on how to keep my weight loss going. He immediately put another book right in front of me that was all about losing weight, while renewing the mind. It focused on Romans 12:2 (being transformed by the renewing of your mind).”
“All of my life, I struggled with my weight. I would lose a few pounds here and a few there, but never what I wanted. The reason it wasn’t coming off was because I hadn’t “renewed my mind” like Romans said to. I also needed my weight-loss team and the extra incentive.”
“I have access to all the food I could possibly want, but I know I have come too far to go back now. The Lord has helped me control my desire for food; there are times when I just want to eat, eat, eat, but the Lord tells me that I have the power to overcome. He has given me the power to get through the struggle rather than to run from it. We have to renew our minds to change our lifestyles; this doesn’t happen overnight. I have been able to keep the weight off now for 3 years. I am now at 211 pounds. I did not lose 100 pounds in that first year, but by the time I complete this year’s Agapé weight-loss challenge, I will have lost 100 pounds and reach my goal! It’s been a blessing for me towork at Agapé in many ways; I am so excited that I will get to complete my journey of weight loss, and by the Grace of God, lose 100 pounds.”