Health Notes

Taking His Health in His Own Hands

by Katina Granger on September 27, 2017

Diabetes runs rampant in my family.”

Scott Beckman says a single diagnosis quickly put his life in perspective. After losing his sister nine years earlier, he knew he needed to step up his game if he wanted to be around for his three kids.

“It’s important to be there for them,” said Scott. “I want to take care of them and I don’t want them to have to worry about me.”

An active dad who coaches his son’s baseball team and serves as a local Scoutmaster, Scott tried on his own to watch what he ate and exercise. As a nurse at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital, he had a good idea of what he needed to do. He had success, but it wasn’t until he got an education in diet and wellness that it all really started to take shape.

“I learned how to change my lifestyle,” said Scott, who joined the Better Living program for Methodist employees to help kick-start his diet plan. “I started making better choices and realizing actually how many calories are in the foods I was eating. I thought I was eating healthy before, but once I started tracking my foods and started really seeing the calories I was consuming… it made me more accountable.”

Scott used the My Fitness Pal app to track every food he ate and learn about foods he should avoid. He also got up early every day so he could go to the gym. Besides aerobic exercise, he started lifting weights.

“I always thought by lifting weights I would put on weight,” said Scott. “And while I hadn’t lost weight, the last time I weighed in I lost six percent body fat.”

Altogether, Scott has lost more than 35 pounds and his diabetes is under better control. He says his clothes are fitting better, he physically feels better, and he’s more focused on the dad he wants to be.

“I feel more energetic and that helps me keep up with them,” said Scott. “I just have to keep believing that I can do this, I can be better. I have my goals and I want to achieve them, but you have to realize you’re not perfect. You can’t do it alone. You need a cheerleader to say, ‘You can keep going and keep doing this.’ Support is a really big thing.”

Learn more about Nutrition and Weight Management at Methodist.

Katina Granger is a blogger and PR/Social Media Specialist for Methodist Health System.
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