Kathy Clinton is Methodist Health: Gaining momentum.

By Kathy Clinton

Kathy is a massage therapist in Physical Medicine at Methodist Richardson Medical Center. Kathy’s goal is to run a 5K with her son. Get your running shoes on, and go Kathy!

  1. You’re in your second month of I am Methodist Health. Congratulations! In general, how’s it going?

The first couple of weeks were tough for me to get into a routine and figure out my goals. I met with Ginnie, my trainer, who told me that she was no Jillian Michaels, but made me sprint on the elliptical machine. The support I’m receiving from Karen, my health coach, as well as my co-workers is wonderful. I feel things are finally falling into place. 

2.   What change or changes have you been able to make?

I am eating. In fact, I eat almost 1,700 calories a day and I’m losing weight! Prior to this program, I believed in the starvation diet. In my mind, if I didn’t eat, I wouldn’t gain weight and might lose some. So the fact that I’m eating and losing is great! It doesn’t hurt that I spend my mornings in the gym and my evenings at the track. Do I like the changes? Heck, yes. 
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3.   Do you have any progress updates you’d like to share with your fans?

I am on my way to my first 5K run in March, just a few weeks away. I am excited and terrified at the same time. My son is becoming my biggest cheerleader and encouraging me every day.  

 4.   What’s been the biggest lesson you’ve learned the first month? 

Going into week four was my hardest week. You would have thought I was over the hump by then, but stress from home, school (I’m working on my BS), finances, and life got in the way. It was the stuff that meditation and lavender could not take care of. I started getting down on myself and it was hard to make it to the gym. But I did not binge eat! Buying healthy left me few options when I wanted to snack, so after a large green salad I was good to go.

In January, I felt like I was really starting to make progress when I could climb three flights of stairs without a problem! 

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