Health Notes

Weight Loss Leads to New Beginning

by Katina Granger on August 30, 2017

“I was lazy.”

Danielle Sexton is brutally honest about her life “before.”

“I would come up with whatever excuse I could think of to avoid getting off the couch,” said Danielle. “I didn’t want to play with my kids or do anything. I would sleep, wake up and eat. If I went outside with my kids I would just sit and watch them play.”

The mom of three gets a little emotional thinking about her life 35-pounds ago – not just because of the time she lost with her kids, but how her bad habits affected her own self-worth.

“You eat like crap, you feel like crap,” said Danielle. “It’s true that you are what you eat.”

It wasn’t until the physical effects of being overweight kicked in that Danielle, a nursing assistant at Methodist Women’s Hospital, truly realized what was at stake.

“My knees would hurt after work and I thought there was something wrong with me,” said Danielle. “I went to the doctor and he said it was just from being overweight. That’s when I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh. What am I doing to myself?’”

It was then and there that Danielle decided to make a change. She reached out to the Methodist employee Better Living program to begin a weight-loss journey that has transformed her body and her life.

“I feel like a totally different person,” said Danielle. “I’m more positive, have way more energy, and have a totally different outlook on life. I’m more self-confident, and that’s a big deal.”

Today, instead of sitting with her excuses, Danielle says she is motivated. She works out every morning and found a new love for vegetables (she’s still working on the fruit). She has been pushed along the way by a community of friends in her weight loss program, at work and online to help her reach – and surpass – not only her goals, but her greatest expectations.

“I think really just having the support of Methodist and my friends really changed everything from the previous times I tried to lose weight,” said Danielle. “I needed that support system. I’ve surrounded myself with other people who are going through the same thing and are motivated in the same way. That big community is really what has helped me the most. Knowing that somebody believes in me when I never believed in myself… it gave me that backbone I needed to succeed.”

Danielle says she hopes to lose another 20 pounds, but the numbers aren’t really what matters now. Her life, her body, and her mind are all already in a better place.

“My kids love going on walks with me and they love to exercise,” said Danielle. “I practicing sports with them rather than tell them what to do. I’m just happier for sure. I feel like it’s made me a better mom.”

Katina Granger is a blogger and PR/Social Media Specialist for Methodist Health System.
Contact Katina at MethodistPR@nmhs.org.
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