Article on SPC employee Sherri Kent-Roberts, published in the Tampa Bay Tribune on April 4, 2014
I Lost It: ‘I made a vow to become healthy’
Sherri Roberts, 51, Largo
STARTING WEIGHT: 230
CURRENT WEIGHT: 177
WHY I DID IT: I have struggled with being overweight most of my life. I remember as a child in elementary school not wanting to show anyone my report card as the school nurse always recorded our weight on the back. My good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and passed away at the age of 40. This was something she had no control over. I made a vow to become healthy, as my weight IS something I have control over.
HOW I DID IT: Weight Watchers has always been the program I would turn to for weight loss help. It is the most realistic weight loss program. In the past after losing weight, I would make the mistake of returning to my old eating habits. My husband and I both made a commitment to become lifetime members. We support each other. We go to the gym together and give one another boosts when needed. On nights that he doesn’t feel like going to the gym, I encourage him to go with me and he does the same for me.
HURDLES: Weekends, holidays, birthdays, vacations, visitors … you name it, and there is an excuse to not follow the program. I learned that it can take weeks to make up for those holiday or weekend indulgences. After looking at Weight Watchers as a lifestyle vs. a “diet” to go and off, this is when things clicked.
GOING THE DISTANCE: I plan to lose 17 more pounds, which will bring me to lifetime status. Attending weekly meetings will ALWAYS be a part of my life. This is the key to maintaining weight loss.
BEST ADVICE: There are a couple of lines that I use as reminders:
♦ The more I can control my eating, the more I can control my life.
♦ Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.
Throughout the month of March, employees at the Health Education Center enjoyed a 20 minute walk together every Monday and Wednesday. Dawn Janusz, Connections Coordinator and adjunct instructor at HEC, created this healthy event and decided to put it into action.
Entry tickets were offered at each walk for the employees who participated and a winner was drawn on the final day. Susan Ludzia, Administrative Specialist is the Make it Happen March winner and received a Cuisinart Juicer.
Even though March is over the employees from Make it Happen March continue to walk 20 minutes every Monday and Wednesday. Walking is a great way to both, relax and incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.
If you enjoy biking come out and join The SPC Cycling Club for a ride on the Skyway Trail at the southernmost end of the county. (Inclement weather resulted in a very low turnout last fall, so they are giving it second try.) The Cycling Club will meet in Gulfport at the T and Me Tea Coffee Company (2908 Beach Boulevard South) around 9:45 AM and start the ride promptly at 10 o’clock. Public parking is available next to the Gulfport Casino on Shore Blvd. After the ride, everyone can join for lunch at Peg’s Cantina and Brew Pub (3038 Beach Boulevard South).
The Skyway Trail runs south all the way to the North Skyway Fishing Pier and includes one climb over the Maximo Bridge. Because the total length of the ride is longer than usually attempted, two options will be offered; a 16-mile route and a 23-mile route. Those opting for the shorter route will relax and enjoy the view of Tampa Bay (Point B on the map) while waiting for the rest of the group to return from the pier (Point C). As is the Cycling Club’s custom, this is a social ride at a “conversational” 10-12 mph pace. No one is dropped from the group. RSVP’s are appreciated, but not required.
Please contact Bill Hemme for more details at x5884.
The Florida’s State Surgeon General’s Office has recognized St. Petersburg College’s for leading a succesful worksite wellnes program. The State Surgeon General’s Worsite Wellness Recognition Program is a part of the Healthiest Weight Florida initiative.
Healthiest Weight Florida launched in January of 2013, as a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make choices about healthy eating and active living.
John H. Armstrong, Surgeon General & Secretary, acknowleged SPC’s worksite wellness program by writing, ” Worksite wellness programs are an effective way to educate and encourage individuals to make meaningful changes toward a healthier lifestyle. In Florida and across the country, healtier employees are more productive employees. With the dedicated leadership of organizations like St. Petersburg College, Florida will continue to make progress.”
The SPC Wellness program offers a wide variety of wellness programs for SPC employees:
Employees interested in learning more about wellness opportunities available to them should contact Steve Malla, Wellness Coordinator at 727-341-3083 or visit the SPC Wellness website.