Name: V. Porter
Improvement: 3% Reduction of Body Fat
Time: 3 months
Program: 2016 Total Transformation Challenge - Summer Challenge
What was your biggest challenge / obstacle (s)?
My biggest obstacle was sticking to my diet. I was 136 lbs when I started the challenge and felt that I didn't need to lose weight. Being an Asian who loves white rice and having a sweet tooth was a problem at the onset of the program. Family and friends invited us to eat out or attend gatherings, and I didn't refrain from enjoying the food. Another obstacle was when I hurt my shoulder at the beginning of the challenge and later my elbow. I'm still dealing with a little pain and I just have to keep reminding myself to keep going while carefully heal my shoulder.
What motivated you to stay on the course?
Knowing that life is a precious gift from God gave me the motivation to continue with the course. He created us with a highly complex body, giving it an amazing form and function. I feel that I owe it to him to take care of my body and to stay healthy. Having family and friends who are into fitness also encourages me to pursue good habits. I used to be an avid runner in my younger years, so going back to a familiar routine that I enjoyed and loved helps a lot. Also, having an excellent trainer who motivates me to stay fit and eat healthy is a good reason to continue. Plus, I'm not a quitter, I believe in finishing what I started.
Did your diet change? If so, How? Please be detailed!
For health reasons, yes. Well, our fitness guru provided us with a Nutrition Guide that is so easy to follow and maintain. It's never too late to start eating healthy. I eliminated junk food from my diet and try not to keep food in my kitchen that I know is not good for me. To be honest, I have my favorite treat in the refrigerator, just in case I have a craving for something sweet. Feel free to ask me what it is next time you see me.
What advice could you give to others that want the same results?
Truly, I'm not doing half as good as the rest of the finalist. I don't even have a point to brag about in the 11th week of this challenge. My first advice for those who are interested to join the next challenge is for them to be realistic. Set goals of things that you need to change and try to do them at your own pace. Make a list of good habits that you would like to build and a list of any bad habits that you need to get rid of. Prioritize the items on your lists, numbering them in the order of importance to you. Most of all, don't forget that we have a certified trainer to guide and help you reach those goals.
How is this experience going to affect you going forward?
One is never too old to start something new. Many first time in my life events happened the past 11 weeks that I will always treasure. I will continue to harness the positive things that I learned from joining the challenge. Sometime all you need is an encouragement from a workmate to try something that you would never think of trying on your own. I learned to appreciate people for what they do even if it's not in the forefront. You helped many people transformed their lives for good. Healthy employees means better work productivity, and that in turn promotes excellent patient care. Even though you work in the background, the impact of what you do at JFK Medical Center and other affiliated facilities touched and changed people. You are an essential part of the HCA family. How do you define a JFK H.E.R.O.? You are the embodiment of one. Thank you Rami!!