Posted by: jmwilsonmga | March 19, 2013

Forget the Beef, Where’s the Bacon?

Not too long ago, I made the abrupt decision to completely change my life. I decided to give up bacon. This is a pretty big step for me! I happen to love bacon. I really loved twinkies too, may they rest in peace. I also enjoyed way too many cookies, and cake, and tons of queso dip, bread, fast food, and…. you get the general idea.

I have never been a big fan of discipline when it came to my health. I always figured that I was too young to really worry about it. My weight has been an issue on and off throughout my almost twenty-six years on this planet, but I’ve had a mantra. I know how to cope. There’s a saying: “Those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.” While this is true to a point, I left out one important person in that thought process. Myself. I matter. And I mind.

Sure, it’s always been easier to ignore that little voice in the back of my head that reminds me indulgent foods are supposed to be limited. It’s easy to ignore the doctor’s advice, and the numbers on your jeans tag. It’s super easy to stay on the couch and watch TV, and to simply pull forward at the drive-thru. Life is so stressful, and I’m always so busy. I don’t have time to chop and dice and prepare fresh food each night. I don’t have to time for a walk, or time to hit the gym. My life is insane, so it’s really normal that I’m this tired and feel this poorly. I’ll just guzzle down an energy drink with my egg mcmuffin hashbrown combo and call it good. That’s been my life for a long time. So what changed? A New Year’s resolution? Jumping up another dress size? Being engaged?

Well all of the above, really. That doctor’s advice? It gets pretty hard to ignore when you start having serious complications. But I would have to say though, that one of the best things that helped form this lifestyle shift, was a career change I recently made.

Let me tell you, it makes a noticeable difference when your workplace is named one of the healthiest employers in Michigan. We have a small gym downstairs, so I can workout on my lunch. We have a water cooler, so my water bottle is never empty (which makes me pine for my old standby, Diet Coke). We have healthy snacks from time to time, which are provided by a committee here that specifically targets the well-being of our employees. Speaking of employees, everyone is so encouraging! They ask me about my progress and how I’m feeling, they’ve helped give me recipe ideas, and shown me how to work our weight machines.

Do I miss cookies and  bacon? You bet! And I won’t lie, there have been days where I’ve had one or the other. I’ve made the wrong choice, I’ve skipped workouts, I’ve eaten too much. I’m a human being, so I’m going to make mistakes. The best part about it though is the knowledge that I can always try again. I know I have the support of my co-workers too. I can’t honestly say I would be making this effort at all if I worked anywhere else. I went almost twenty-six years set in my ways – it took being surrounded by others’ efforts to help pull me out from where I was.

If you have any questions about ways to make your workplace just a little bit healthier, please feel free to contact us. I’d love for you to be as happy and healthy as you can be!

Amanda.MontgomeryAbout the Author : Amanda Montgomery, Property & Casualty Underwriting Assistant

Amanda Montgomery joined J.M. Wilson in 2012.  She is responsible for servicing Commercial Property & Casualty accounts.  Outside of the office, Amanda enjoys traveling, musical theater, and reading.
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  1. Great article! I feel the same way. I started a new job a year and a half ago. My new employer is big on wellness and the support makes a huge difference. I have lost 50 pounds and am so much healthier. I even am on our wellness committee now!!! Great blog!

  2. Thanks for sharing, Sue! We would love to hear some of the things your wellness team is doing. The more we can share ideas, the better it is for all of us! Congratulations on your weight loss!
    -Kristin, J.M. Wilson

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