Living LifeWise is a regular column provided by LifeWise Ambassadors – LifeWise employees whose healthy choices are helping them live better lives. Today’s column is provided by LifeWise Ambassador Whitney Haggerson.
A bit about me: I am a sun-loving, extra-extrovert with a weakness for high calorie foods. I relocated to Seattle from Scottsdale, Arizona in 2010 to attend grad school at the University of Washington (Go Huskies!). Unlike most Pacific Northwesters who don’t seem to mind the rain, I am still trying to figure out how to survive the elements.
I’m getting married this June, and my 2014 health goals can be summed up pretty simply: Operation Don’t Be a Fat Bride. Yes, it might be somewhat vain, but that white dress is what gets me out of bed for my 6 a.m. workout. While my immediate goal is to feel beautiful, strong and confident on my wedding day, I am also hoping to learn to love exercise along the way.
I’ve worked out fairly consistently since I was in high school, but never to clear my head or because I enjoy it. Heck no – I work out so I can fit into my jeans and not feel guilty when I drink a latte. But I’ve never gone to the extremes that I have for Operation Don’t Be a Fat Bride.
Mix it up
On my quest to learn to love exercise, I’ve decided to switch up my exercise routine and try as many new things as I can. I love the camaraderie and accountability of group workouts, so I bid adieu to my personal trainer and joined The Fitness Lab, a gym in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood that specializes in group circuit training. The hour-long classes push me to my limits physically and mentally, and I’m loving every sweaty minute of it! In addition to circuit training, I’ve also spent a good amount of time exploring Seattle’s great dog-friendly trails, rather than logging miles on the treadmill.
I spend more time at work than I do anywhere else, so what better place to connect with a community of wellness-focused individuals and help me stay on track? I started organizing monthly fitness challenges at LifeWise to help keep myself and my coworkers motivated. The challenges started out small, just my six person team, but they’ve grown to include more than 30 employees. So far, we have tackled squats, planks, crunches and push-ups, squeezing exercise time in between meetings and at lunch.
Involve your friends
I live and die by my Fitbit and have long flirted with the idea of being a runner, but solo runs just aren’t my thing. My new goal is getting friends to sign up for local runs so we can train together for longer events. Back in March, my fiancé and I road-tripped down to Portland for the Adidas Shamrock Run, where we ran a 5K with 35,000 friends. I’m hoping that more events like that are in my future.
Being a LifeWise Ambassador is going to give me even more opportunities to try new things, meet new people and hopefully help me learn to love (or at least not dread) my daily sweat sessions. How will things turn out? I’ll report back after my wedding (and honeymoon) in June!
Whitney Haggerson is a California native who is learning to love the Pacific Northwest in all its fleece-y glory. Living LifeWise is part of her quest to learning to love exercise rather than doing so as a means of offsetting her peanut butter addiction. Whitney works as an Internal Consultant for LifeWise and lives in Green Lake with her soon-to-be husband and their chocolate Lab.
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