Recently Weigh and Win participant Juana Martinez not only lost her brother, her health was also suffering. After months of not feeling well, she made an appointment with her doctor.
“I have a family history of diabetes and have seen first-hand the trouble my family members have experienced as a result of their diabetes. So when my doctor told me I was borderline diabetic, it was the wakeup call I needed,” said Juana.
Juana immediately changed her eating habits and made physical activity a priority by beginning to bike to work every day.
“I love the way I feel riding to and from work. It clears my mind and I get my exercise in for the day. Plus, I’m saving money on parking and a bus pass.”
Cycling has also helped Juana strengthen the muscles in her legs, reducing the pain in her hips and knees.
“I’m able to do challenging hikes now. I even climbed my first 14er.”
In addition to biking, Juana joined Weigh and Win, a free Colorado program that provides technology-based health coaching, progress tracking and cash rewards for weight improvement.
“Every day I read through my coaching email from Weigh and Win. Whether it’s learning about heart rate or portion control – it gets me engaged in my health. The photographed weigh-ins are really beneficial. As I’m toning up and getting stronger, I can go back and compare what I look like now to the old me. It motivates me because I don’t want to be the person I was before.”
Two years later, Juana is twenty three pounds lighter and feels healthier and stronger than ever before.
“I love the way I feel after a long bike ride. I’m always sharing what I’m doing with friends and family, and encouraging them to get outside and get healthier, too.”