Janet Stark, 52, Ontario
Like many women, my weight crept up a few pounds per year since having my children 25 years ago. I love food and cooking, but was overeating. When I would go out to eat, it was difficult for me to eat healthfully. Also, exercise was not an activity I enjoyed – I would have rather done anything else.
Although the weight came on slowly, it suddenly took its toll and I found myself lethargic, winded from just walking the stairs, and struggling to get up and down from the floor.
I looked for a weight loss retreat where I could go to change habits that weren’t helping me. I chose Green Mountain at Fox Run because I liked the mind-body-spirit approach and the emphasis on behavioral changes for weight loss – not quick weight loss fixes. I came to Green Mountain in June 2012 and stayed four weeks – I knew I needed the four-week weight loss program to establish new habits with fitness and food.
While I was at Green Mountain, I signed up for every walk and hike offered. I learned about aquatics and yoga and have kept these new practices in my life since. I loved the low-impact aerobics and balance and strength classes and have become a fitness instructor for seniors! Who would have thought one year ago that I would be leading fitness classes? For me, variety is key, and fitness activities are now part of my daily life.
I loved how Green Mountain helped me understand that it’s more important to focus on what I really want to eat, instead of what I can’t have. By focusing on adding things to my diet, not taking them away, eating healthfully is fun for me. I started bringing home higher quality foods and experimenting with different grains. I love fresh fruit and vegetables and take pleasure in preparing a colorful plate. I made a scrapbook for food and fitness ideas and for when I need encouragement. Green Mountain got me excited about preparing food again and healthy eating.
It’s been a year since Green Mountain and I’ve seen so many changes. I have so much energy, I’m sleeping better, I’m off all prescription medications and I just feel better. I am amazed I can still be a “foodie” and lose weight – 50 pounds to be exact. My husband can’t believe how much my quality of life has improved, and as a side effect from our healthier lifestyle, he has also lost weight.