Congratulations to Erica Harbeson for being Get Healthy Now’s Member of the Month for December. This month’s theme is Wellness and Resiliency: keep reading to learn more about how Erica found her ‘wellness wings’ using a unique approach to keep herself motivated. She has an awesome story to share!
Erica has been a Prospect Research Associate in the Office of University Advancement since June 2015, and she has already been making big strides towards her health goals! She set the goal of going to the gym every day for 60 days in a row, which has quickly turned to into over 100 days straight! Her new goal is to keep going until January 8, which will be six months without missing a day. Erica moderates her intensity and worked in 20-day sections to build her cardio routine from 30 minutes to an hour a day. Her quiet persistent makes her standout from the crowd: Erica is a Friday evening regular and has stuck to her commitment throughout the many seasons and social events in order to keep striving towards her goals
How DOES she do it? She put a calendar up at home, as well as in her office, and puts an X on each day she works toward her goal. Eventually the chain gets so long that not breaking it becomes motivation in itself. “I love the ritual of crossing off each day with a big red X. After so many days in a row, coming to the gym doesn’t feel like something I need to psych myself up for at all. It’s a regular part of my daily routine now and has been an anchor when things get tough in other areas of my life.”
Resiliency at its finest, Erica incorporates wellness into her everyday life through hobbies and outdoor activities. She loves outdoor sports—hiking, kayaking and canoeing, swimming, and riding her bike. Being in nature helps her to feel relaxed and restored. One day, she would love to take several weeks to drive Route 1, hiking, camping, and spending lots of time on the beach along the way. She balances her active life with stress-relieving hobbies like reading, cooking, and playing video games.
Erica ditched the scale and tracks her body measurements for a more intuitive measure of her health. She overhauled her nutrition routine, using MyFitnessPal to track food intake and to plan what to eat ahead of time, especially if a food-related social event or holiday is approaching. Since shifting gears to make these lifestyle changes in October 2013, she’s lost 80+ pounds, and acknowledges that weight loss and healthy living is a “marathon, not a sprint.”
“I’m doing this for my health and longevity, to preserve my independence and mobility into old age and out of love and respect for those who care about me.” Reflecting on these overarching goals help to keep her spirits up when things get tough. Join us in celebrating this resilient member of the Cardinal family and her amazing wellness journey. We are so proud to support her as she finds her wings and soars into the new year!