Basin Electric’s Intranet features several blogs written by employees. One, called “Energize,” is written by Nicole Perreault, graphic designer and multimedia specialist II.
A couple weeks back, she featured Sonja Bosch, Basin Electric associate contract administrator. Read her fitness answers and watch her addiction recovery story.
When did you start incorporating wellness into your life?
I was active in high school and joined the YMCA in my late twenties, but in this last year, I have really focused on my overall health and attending the gym six days a week.
What motivated you to make your health a priority in your life?
What really motivated me to make my health a priority was my family. I’m not getting any younger and I want to be in the best shape not only for myself, but for my husband and kids. God only gives you one body and it’s up to you to take care of it.
How has your health, weight, energy level, etc. changed since you started living a healthier life style?
My health has changed dramatically since I have made nutrition and exercise a priority. I have lost twenty pounds so far and continue to work on the last fifteen pounds. My health has improved tremendously. I used to take naps all the time and now I hardly ever lay on the couch. I’m not on any medication and I crave more fruits and veggies.
What was the most difficult part of changing your lifestyle?
The most difficult part was facing the fact that the way I was living my life was killing me. I realized that I needed to break the cycle of being unhealthy and start creating good healthy habits.
Why do you feel it is important to eat healthy and workout?
Eating healthy and working out is very important for the human body. It’s actually very simple. If you feed your body the proper nutrition and incorporate daily exercise, your body will respond to that and you will look and feel better. Your body will heal itself if you take care of it. I have found with proper nutrition and exercise I hardly get sick, my mind is more focused, my strength, endurance, and confidence have gone up and my overall happiness has gone way up!! I call the gym my “Happy Pill.”
Describe your weekly workout routine.
■Monday – Train with Nicole for 30 minutes and then do 2 miles of interval running on the treadmill
■Tuesday – Run between 4-6 miles
■Wednesday – Spin class for 40 minutes
■Thursday – Rest day
■Friday – Spin class for 40 minutes
■Saturday – Spin class for 55 minutes and train with Nicole for 30 minutes
■Sunday – Long run days – Run between 7-11 miles
What is your favorite workout?
I would have to say my favorite workout is getting my butt kicked by Nicole and having a good long run. The workouts are hard but the feeling of knowing that I did it makes them the best!
Do you have a family? Any children? Pets?
I do have family including my husband Russ, daughter Callie (8), and two step-son’s Treyton (13) and Kyler (12).
How have they responded to your healthier lifestyle?
My family has responded very well to all of this. Russ has his gym nights and he is also trying to eat healthier. On Saturday morning we attend spin class together which helps us motivate one another. We also like to take the kids to the Y on the weekends. Some nights Russ, Callie and I will work out in the living room and then my daughter will take on the roll as a trainer and get in our face and tell us to “push it” or “give me one more!” I’m thinking she likes that role a little too much!
Are you involved in the community, hobbies, clubs, etc.?
I’m on the board for NAPM (National Association of Purchasing Management) as the Marketing Chair. I’m part of a bible study group at Charity Lutheran on Wednesday nights. My hobbies include, golf, the gym, going to movies, gardening, and hanging out with my family.
How did you find time to incorporate exercise into your schedule?
How I have found time to make exercise part of my schedule is making it part of my daily routine. By me doing this, personally it makes me happier and ups my mood which makes me a better person, which is not only important for me, but also for my family, friends, and co-workers That right there is my motivation.
What is your advice for other employees looking to improve their overall health and wellness?
My advice to anyone trying to become healthier is to keep going. Make it a habit to exercise and eat healthy. You will have days that are harder than others, but just remember that dedication, and hard work has great rewards. No one ever said it was going to be easy, but they did say it was going to be worth it!!