Vida Client of the Week: Lyndsey
Meet Lyndsey. She is a mom to a 2-year-old son, works at eBay, and enjoys the love and support of her husband and family.
Health change catalyst. “My overall goal when starting with Vida was to be healthier and more active for my son,” Lyndsey says. “He had just turned 1 and I realized I wasn’t the mom I wanted to be. I knew he deserved to have a healthy mom who could run and jump and play with him.”
On January 26, 2017, Lyndsey smoked her last cigarette. On February 1, 2017, she began her quest to eat healthier, get more exercise, and feel her best. She started to tackle several health change goals each week, counting calories and using intermittent fasting to help with weight loss.
Vida Health Coach Adrienne has been Lyndsey’s cheerleader and partner along the way. She’s someone who “gets” where Lyndsey is coming from, has detailed conversations about goals, and checks in on Lyndsey’s progress.
Thank you, coach. “Having a Vida coach has been a great asset to me,” Lyndsey says. “The frequent check-ins and the setting of goals along the way have really helped me stay focused and accountable.”
Fast forward—1 year later. “I’m proud to say I’m still smoke-free, breathing easy, and I’ve now lost 85 lbs. I’m more active than I’ve ever been,” Lyndsey says. She regularly enjoys long hikes in her beautiful state of Utah. This winter, she took up snowshoeing. She fuels her body with healthy food. Here's what has worked for Lyndsey during her health journey:
Quitting smoking: Lyndsey knows she’s unusual in quitting cold turkey. She made the decision, committed to her goal, and stuck with it. “I knew short-term I’d hate every single minute. In the long-term, I was going to go on with my healthy lifestyle,” she says.
Positive self-talk: When she felt the urge to smoke, such as during breaks at work, Lyndsey told herself, “I don’t smoke.” She consciously avoided each step in the process of smoking, drawing on her self control. She didn’t head outside, where she’d formerly go to light up. She didn’t pick up a cigarette.
Sitting with her feelings: “Instead of taking a break [to smoke], I would sit in my anxiety and that bad feeling.” She knew, however, that her feelings were temporary, and less important than her healthy lifestyle goals.
Reconnecting with her “why”: Sure, Lyndsey had ups and downs. She experienced days, even weeks, of going back to some of her unhealthy food habits. But she had proven to herself through meeting her goals that she could do it, and she would do it.
Lyndsey’s words of wisdom for others setting out on a health change journey:
“Seriously sit down and think about why you want to change. You need to find your 'why,' stick with it, and remind yourself of your reasons.”
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