I felt lethargic and hopeless, and began experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea. I suspected all of these conditions were mainly due to my being overweight. I was quickly closing in on 300 pounds and knew I needed to set some healthy habits.
I can access the Syniverse Health & Wellness Center through Marathon Health at no cost through my employer health plan, so I made an appointment for a quarterly checkup with Physician Assistant Melanie Molligan.
Melanie explained different weight-loss programs work for different people, and suggested I try an intermittent fasting program.
Within two weeks of my appointment with Melanie, I began to watch what I ate and adjust my lifestyle to incorporate intermittent fasting. I now eat healthy food between 1 and 9 p.m. and fast the rest of the day. I began following a boxing routine and taking my pet, Katty, on walks around my neighborhood.
I have lost 30 pounds, and I’m feeling more motivated than ever to reach my goal of 220 pounds. My health has dramatically improved. I have more energy to get through my hectic work and school schedules, and to spend time with my 1-year old daughter. I feel more motivated in my life and sleep well most nights.
I do not have a set timeframe to reach my goal, but when I do reach it, I plan on maintaining it by continuing a healthy diet and exercise routine. I’m hoping the healthy lifestyle changes I’ve made will stick with me for the rest of my life. — Member Christopher Hernandez