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Get inspired by a SelectHealth employee and mom who shares her journey back to health.

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SelectHealth is proud of our LiVe Well Heroes—employees who demonstrate their commitment to living well through healthy choices and actions. Their examples positively influence and inspire others around them.

This is the first in a series of articles highlighting LiVe Well Heroes. Our first Hero is Kelly, an employee in the SelectHealth Meridian office.

When this health journey started for me, I didn’t even realize it. I was going through a very stressful time. A lot of significant changes were occurring in my life, and I was feeling very vulnerable and unable to control things I previously felt I had the most control over! Because of the stress and anxiety, I started to lose weight. While this wasn't my intention, the weirdest thing happened when I dropped a few extra pounds: I started to feel better and more clear headed.

One day I was plowing through a pile of work and it hit me: I matter. I had forgotten all about that after having kids and letting all of my personal worries get in the way. Because of that, I had put myself on the back burner. So I made a promise to myself right then that I was going to start working my way back to who I knew I was and what I knew made me happy, fulfilled, confident, and the best person I could be. I knew they were going to be baby steps, and I needed to prioritize my time and goals, but I felt a huge surge of excitement in knowing that I was starting over!

My goals started with something that might seem really insignificant and easy to some, but for me it was a huge deal—I quit Dr. Pepper! I didn’t grow up a soda drinker, but after I had my first baby I started to drink Dr. Pepper like it was my job. It only escalated, and by the time I had my second baby, Dr. Pepper was the first drink I took every day. I whipped out my SelectHealth water mug and told myself that every time I felt the urge to relapse, I would take ten drinks of water. It turned in to a challenge against myself, and I won! I haven't had a soda in a year and a half, and I don’t even miss it.

 

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