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The BeWell difference
A few years ago, I was overweight and unhealthy — it’s that simple. In August of 2009, my daughter said to me, “Mom, I’m worried about you. I want you to be around for a long time for your grandsons.”
That comment really motivated me to make big changes. But Stanford’s BeWell program was another key ingredient in the healthy journey I took, starting with my “BeWell Numbers” report from March of 2010: I had a Body Mass Index of 28, my waist circumference was 38 and my cholesterol ratio was 3.3. I weighed 210 pounds and also had high blood pressure. Ouch. Certainly a wake-up call.
As my before/after photos show, I’ve lost a lot of weight. But how I look doesn’t tell the most important part of the story: it’s how I feel that’s most important, especially knowing that my health has improved significantly. At my last Wellness Plan evaluation, my stats showed not only that I had lost 55 pounds, but my health profile had improved considerably as well.
|Spring 2010||Spring 2012|
|Body Mass Index (BMI)||28.0||26.5|
So many factors contributed to my successful transformation, but BeWell and Weight Watchers were probably the most influential. BeWell and the culture of wellness at Stanford gave me the tools and inspiration to take fitness and health seriously.
My favorite exercise routine (use pedometer initially; music on shuffle):
- 20 minutes on Elliptical plus upper body weights Monday through Thursday at the YMCA on Page Mill.
- BeWell/HIP Pilates class Monday after work
- Lunch-hour walk 4 miles, Monday through Thursday, along the beautiful Stanford path by the golf course along Sandhill Road (continuing up Alpine Road) and back
- DISH walk at Stanford (5 1/2 miles) – Saturday and Sunday most weekends
On the nutrition front, I can’t thank Weight Watchers enough. In November 2010, I was invited to participate on a Weight Watchers panel, and I still go to weekly meetings.
My best food advice:
- Make a spreadsheet with entries for food you commonly eat, plus all nutritional information
- Read the book “The End of Overeating”
- Toss out all old cookbooks lacking nutritional information
- Use Hungry Girl on-line newsletters for recipes/product ideas
Specific foods to try:
- Yoplait Fiber One yogurt (60 calorie version) mixed with Puffins Cinnamon (just a few) and 1 Tbs. Walnuts + 1/3 banana – I have this as a snack almost every day between breakfast and lunch during the week
- Fiber One cereal on salads
- Spinach – add to lots of things (like egg beaters) by the handfuls
- Sheritaki Tofu noodles – add to soups and use for pasta dishes
- Laughing Cow light cheese wedges – new flavors are great. Spread on Wasa Light Rye crispbread
- Almond Breeze unsweetened (the 40 or 35 cal./8 oz. version) – always use on cereal instead of nonfat milk
- FitNuz peanut butter, 2 TBs, very low calories and powdered so you can’t just eat it out of the jar
- Trader Joe’s egg white salads
Stanford Immunology and Rheumatology
UPDATE: Glenna kept the weight off through the holiday season! She now weighs 152 pounds.