Today’s story from Jason is the final post in our Health and Wellness series. I’m not gonna get in trouble by saying that I saved the best for last; but I did save the winner!
Yep, Jason was the fearless leader of the team that won our Healthy. Active. You! Challenge. Known as the Super Awesome Warriors (SAW), his team dominated the entire 10 weeks. Why? Because they had a captain who was 100% committed to Leading by Example!
Jason took his role really, really seriously – and used it, as well as his own internal drive, to help his team bring home the big win!
What motivated you to make healthy lifestyle changes?
I did not like the way I looked. I would think of every excuse NOT to work out or eat right.
Was the Baudville challenge an incentive?
Baudville was a huge incentive. Being a captain, I was accountable to my team. How could I expect them to generate points if I wasn't going to do it myself? This challenge is exactly what I needed to get my butt in gear and get my workout on!
What kinds of changes did you make and what results did you see?
I started eating right and doing the P90X workout. I cut out fast food and pop (for the most part). I drink water all day. I started counting calories and eating smaller meals more times per day.
I have seen great results. I have lost 13 lbs. and gained muscle mass. I am able to do more physically than I have in YEARS, including push ups, pull ups, and sit ups (which I could not do on day one of the challenge).
How do you feel about those results?
I am extremely happy with the results that I am seeing so far, as is my wife! :)
At any time did you struggle to keep on track? If so, how did you handle it?
Oh yes, I had my fair share of struggles. Working until 7p.m., I would get home, eat dinner, and NOT want to work out. What kept me going was my team here. I HAD to get my points for the day. I HAD to do my workout in order to get those points. Also, I feel that whenever I DON'T want to work out, it ends up being the best workout.
What advice do you have for others who want to make healthy changes?
Life is about choices. You are in life where you choose to be. By that, I mean: if you don't like something about yourself or life then you have to change it. If you don't like your life, then change your life.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you want to get healthy or lose weight; but you still eat the same and don't exercise, it’s not going to happen. If you get a membership to a gym and DON'T use it, you’re not going to change. YOU have to make the change. Tell yourself that you have to do this.
Each and every one of us can come up with an excuse every day why we don't do something. Heck, I work out between an hour and an hour and a half every day. I give myself a reason every day why I shouldn't work out that day. I then make the choice to do it. Push all your excuses aside. I have kids, I have a family, I lead a busy life, BUT I don't let that stop me. If anything, I use that as more of an incentive.
Do you have plans to continue your progress or maintain your status quo? Please share.
Yes, I do plan on continuing. I am so happy with all the progress that I have made, and I hope that my success will encourage others to get in shape also. My family has started working out also.
JUST DO IT... Make the choice... Make the change...
Whoah! Is that a testimony or what?! Jason’s team came, they SAW, and they kicked some major booty! Well done everyone!
Have you been following this series? What do you think: are you inspired to start a company-wide wellness program? Tell us about it!
Jason is the Supervisor of our Distribution Center, and has been bringing his spirit and energy to Baudville since 2008. If you received your order quicker than you expected (which is always our goal!), then you know Jason and his distribution team have been working in overdrive!